Young Jerks

If there’s a figure anywhere in the liberal media that makes the likes of the late Ed Schultz, or Chris Matthews, or most of the host of “the view””, seem intelligent, rational and human, it’s Cenk Uygur, impresario of the “Young Turks” – sort of a “MinnesotaReformer” for loud, entitled people.

They are, naturally, progressive to a geometric fault.

Including, it seem, in terms of rank hypocrisy. Uygur, It was a knee-jerk supporter of public sector unions and the national $15 an hour minimum wage for mere public sector employees…

… has a different point of view when it comes to his own organization:

Earlier that day, a Twitter handle claiming to represent TYT employees had announced on the social media platform their intention to form a union. In the staff meeting, the network’s co-founder and influential host, Cenk Uygur, urged employees not to do so, arguing that a union does not belong at a small, independent outlet like TYT, according to two workers who were present. He said if there had been a union at the network it would not have grown the way it has.

Huh. You don’t say?

His talk ― at times emotional, the staffers said, with Uygur throwing his papers to the ground at one point, and chastising an employee ― seemed to contradict the progressive, worker-first ethos that TYT broadcasts to its millions of lefty followers. Jack Gerard, who is acting as the company’s chief operating officer as Uygur runs for Congress in California, told the staff they were not discouraging unionization. 

But the message from Uygur was clear ― and, to at least some staffers, discouraging.

Not nearly as discouraging as…oh, I dunno, realizing your’re out of collect, paying of $200K in student debt, and still working for Cenk Uygur

But still discouraging. 

5 thoughts on “Young Jerks

  1. There is a place for unions, to represent the downtrodden, the oppressed, the people who no choice but to toil endless hours in horrible working conditions, the powerless who are subject to every whim of managment.

    You know, public employees, like the DMV.

  2. A high school friend, a labor lawyer, once told me, “Companies who become unionized usually deserve it.”

    Ya hear that TYT?

  3. TYT going union? That’s bad news Dunning_Kruger. Your membership fees are about to double, and those disability checks aren’t getting any bigger.

    Maybe its time to rethink alternative sources for your inspiration; I suggest you try sticking a fork in a toaster.

  4. If anyone is still following this thread, the story reminded me of a plaque I saw in the “Museum of Communism” in Prague a couple of years ago. The museum depicts how communism entered the government and its effects on the people until it was driven out. Here is the description of the life of the laborer (I have photos of this and other plaques from the museum):

    “Using the obsolete economic theories of Karel Marx, Stalin created an ideological doctrine according to which the life of the whole society should revolve around industrial production. The hero of the time became the laborer, who, in the name of occasional slogans and to honor the communist feasts and anniversaries, worked more than his supervisors told him to. The record performances of the best laborers were celebrated in the press, publishing their portraits and colorfully depicting their enthusiasm for work. After an example given by the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia developed a shock-workers movement which was supposed to push laborers to yield the maximum performance. The trade unions also declared that after the victory of socialism, laborer’s wages would not be important. It would only be crucial to ensure ever increasing efficiency at work. Young people expressed their enthusiasm of developing a new and better society in the “construction of youth”. Artists, scientists and other units of the working intelligencia expressed their respect towards the labor class by participating in the ‘brigades’ in factories as well as in the field. The pressure on increased employment for women and their introduction into traditional men’s professions was justified by the party through an ideal of “women’s emancipation”. “

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