The Young Turks Announces Plan to Host Rogue Climate Debate

Cenk Uygur speaking at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.  Photo by Gage Skidmore

Cenk Uygur speaking at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Last night The Young Turks (TYT) announced that they are raising money to host a rogue climate debate after the DNC voted against having a climate-focused debate. Live on air, TYT host Cenk Uygur (pronounced chenk you-gur) explained his strategy for forcing a climate debate. His plan is to invite all of the candidates who have not made the debates so far, on a bet that they would be willing to risk being banned from future debates that they already haven’t qualified for. Assuming that the candidates take the offer for the free publicity, that would create an awkward situation wherein the lowest polling candidates would be given additional earned media on a significant platform, creating a strong incentive for the other bigger name candidates to participate. It is also worth noting that several of the top tier candidates have already called for a climate debate meaning there will be both internal and external pressures to break ranks and join the climate debate, on a gamble that the DNC would be unlikely to ban a plurality of the leading candidates. 

The Young Turks’ goal is to raise $100,000 to fund their climate debate, and after having announced the fundraiser just last night, they have raised over $59,000 from 1,848 individual donors. This certainly is a risky strategy, but the Young Turks have had some degree of success in the past in their fundraising and political efforts, most notably their role in supporting the Justice Democrats, which contributed significantly to the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. So far, no candidates have announced their intent to participate in the rogue debate, however, the announcement came only 17 hours ago, and as Cenk stated in the members-only post game show, the decision to attempt this debate came only hours before the live show was set to air, meaning the candidates have had little time to weigh the costs and benefits of participating in the rogue climate debate. 

The Young Turks is the longest-running online daily news show, with more than 27,000 subscribing members and more than 2 million views per day. Their investigative journalist team has broken numerous high profile stories such as the FBI’s equivocating of black and white extremism and several stories regarding the policing in South Bend.

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