Cenk Uygur embraces MSNBC’s “outsider” label

Cenk Uygur very public feud with MSNBC made headlines when “The Young Turks’” host and creator called the cable network out for calling him an “outsider.” Uygur has made statements about why he is not choosing to renew his contract with MSNBC after executives told him that he has upset some “insiders” with his no-holds-barred stories on Washington which reveal the corruption from both parties. “If they want to call me an outsider, that’s alright,” he says on the What’s Trending Live show.

“I embrace that. Yeah, we’re outside of Washington, we’re outside of the establishment and we’re challenging them, saying, ‘You’re not doing right by the American people.”

Uygur, whose “Young Turks” program has now expanded to six channels on YouTube, believes that cable news, while not afraid to pick a Democrat or Republican side, won’t report the real story: Money is what rules both these parties and is the reason why regardless of affiliation, politicians end up making the same decision in the end.

“It’s perfectly okay in cable news to play Democrat or Republican. But, when you say the whole system is corrupt, there’s an issue with that,” he comments.

That’s why Uygur is thankful for YouTube, which he believes is the truly democratic platform that gives everyone a voice.

“Five years ago, your only place was radio or TV. In order to get on the radio or TV, you had gatekeepers. On YouTube you don’t have gatekeepers: They just put you out there and say good luck. If the audience responds to you, fantastic. If it doesn’t it doesn’t. Can it get more democratic than that? If you want to do a strong independent show, YouTube is great for that,” he explains.

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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