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Today Rush Limbaugh, whose name is synonymous with the effect of shooting up drugs, thinks it’s within the bounds to make fun of our local media pioneer, Cenk Uygur with his equally weird name. “I don’t know what a Cenk Uygur is,” Limbaugh said this morning on his radio show. “I don’t know where a Cenk Uygur works.”
Yes, hindsight is 20/20 and now it’s all clear why Huffington Post was acting weird and now that we think about it – corporate.
One clue was taking down content provided for free from its bloggers. A notable one (and the only one brave enough to let us use his name) is Cenk Uygur. His post in the wake of the Tucson shooting was deleted from the site. After we reported what happened to Uygur (now a paid contributor at MSNBC and a perma-fill-in for the 3pm slot since Keith Olbermann left) others who’ve had their blog posts taken down contacted us. They wanted to be off the record. So we’ll just rib them anonymously as cowards.
Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks was filling in on The Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday and scored an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Uygur of course asked about the calls for the journalist’s assassination by U.S. presidential hopefuls. Something that should send chills down the back of every person who’s name has even been a byline.
The host of The Young Turks – YouTube sensation Cenk Uygur told us that he is now a paid contributor at MSNBC. He will be on air regularly and fill-in host now as needed. Uygur has been subbing for Dylan Ratigan and Ed Schultz this year. This week he guest hosted the prime time spot for Keith Olbermann. This, of course is really exciting for YouTubers everywhere as one of their own has been given a real job. As we’ve said before, Cenk is the Tila Tequila of political talk shows. The Internet vet him and now he’s on the ol’ teevee.
Uygur tells FBLA, “It’s basically serving as a sixth man coming off the bench whenever any of the shows need me.” As if we understand sports metaphors.
Host of the YouTube phenom The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur will host his first prime time spot on MSNBC tonight. Keith Olbermann will have the night off and Uygur will be filling in for him. The last fill-in host for Olbermann, Lawrence O’Donnell, now has the 10pm slot on MSNBC. O’Donnell was also an Angeleno and was given a gig in New York. Can’t these people find talent on their own damn coast?
James Rainey has discovered The Young Turks and their Internet talk show thingy. We of course follow the plight of Cenk Uygur and crew closely because they’re down the street – they film out of a building owned by Mel Brooks on Wilshire – and they’re a phenom and like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Well…almost.
It’s tempting to view Uygur as the prototype for a new generation of political commentators, who hone their craft with blogs and Web videos and then transition to older platforms. Political commentator and comedian Tina Dupuy calls Uygur “the Tila Tequila of political talk-show hosts.” Others, no doubt, will follow.
But unlike the one-video wonders who burst on the pop music scene, it’s likely that the future political talkers in the Uygur mode will make their bones more gradually. It takes more than one catchy lyric to build the world view, credibility and tone that win audiences in the long run.
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Our own little Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks was featured in a clip on the Daily Show. We hear he’s also subbing for on MSNBC’s The Ed Show all week. The rumor is the ratings bump when he subs… not that that’s hard to do when it comes to mid-day MSNBC. But let this be an inspiration to us all: all you need to do to be a comer at MSNBC is to have a massive rabid cult-like following on YouTube for many years and then your foot is practically in the door! Simple.
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