Bernie Sanders has blazed a unique campaign trail on the internet. From the dank meme stash to the record breaking $27-at-a-time funded campaign, the Sanders Campaign has re-imagined what it means to run for the Presidency. In his wake, many excellent non-establishment news shows have flourished on Youtube as alternates to cable channels like MSNBC and CNN.
The Young Turks
The Young Turks is the obvious go-to for progressive news on YouTube. The YouTube giant has 2.7 million followers on their main channel and is responsible for the majority of online news consumed by people under 35. They didn't need a political revolution to become relevant, but it has definitely helped. In addition to a daily 2-hour live show, the self-proclaimed "rebel headquarters" hosts live town hall and debate coverage, features live coverage from Primary and Caucus locations, and hosts special election night coverage on all the major voting days. Cenk, Ana, John, Jimmy, Ben and others provide excellent insight, are transparent about who they support, and makes jokes about the occasional technical mix-up. All things you don't get from the mainstream media outlets. Cenk's WolfPAC Organization that works to get money out of Politics and it's many successes provides legitimacy to their cause and political power.
In addition to their main show, the TYT Network features numerous other channels including some of my personal favorites: the Jimmy Dore Show, TYT Politics featuring field reporter Jordan Cheritone, a Sports Channel I'd enjoy a lot more if I cared about soccer, and the recently-rebranded Think Tank.
Sam Seder's Majority Report functions much like a traditional radio show. They take calls, rant, have bits, do voices, etc. The New York based political talk show has impressively been voted Podcastawards.com best News/Politics podcast for four years in a row, and is a part of the Ring of Fire Network. They are established, reliable, and provide regular comedic relief. Airing a live daily news commentary show hours before TYT, the Majority Report serves as the perfect morning entertainment.
Despite the niche nature of the name, Secular Talk hosted by Kyle Kulinski is an excellent resource for following the 2016 Election. While undoubtedly leaning towards stories featuring religious issues, he has managed to holistically cover candidates on both sides of the aisle throughout the election cycle. With little to offer in terms of visuals, his consistent daily videos often times present stories before the larger operations like TYT, and his emotive rants make him an entertaining source for stories you want to learn more about.
Tim Black is a Bernie-or-bust voter who provides unique perspectives on the 2016 election. He isn't afraid to talk in-depth on issues like voter suppression, corruption, and the possibility of a rigged process affecting the Presidential Preference elections. His conversation with Niko House was one of the more interesting pieces I've listened to recently.
The Humanist Report
The Humanist report with Mike Figueredo has only been around for about a year and recently gained popularity when the 2016 election became a central issue to his channel. He films in what looks like a soundproof room with two nice screens behind him. His framing looks nice and he's utilizing a professional looking microphone. Good content and great production for a solo operation. Mike manages to have a lot of personality despite a calm and collected demeanor.
Thom Hartmann is a 10 year radio-hosting vet with additional presences on tv and youtube. HE is the most popular progressive radio host in the nation and is live daily from 12 - 3 PM ET. Multiple videos uploaded daily and a aura of legitimacy make Hartmann an excellent choice for opinion news on almost any medium.
Last Week Tonight
Though HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver isn't typical of the other videos on this list, it does provide a once-a-week gem with an easy path to viral success. John Oliver's in-depth segments are emblematic of his show's brand and provides easy opportunities for progressives to spread their messages.
More to come.