Cenk Uygur: ‘We Are the Sword in the Darkness’

TYT Network launches $2 million crowdfunding campaign.

On the fundraising page launched today by TYT Network, our former TV Newser colleague Jordan Chariton has been captured with his eyes shut. But as anyone who has followed Chariton’s YouTube and Facebook dispatches knows, he, field producer Emma Vigeland and the rest of The Young Turks team cover matters with their eyes very much wide-open.

In an impassioned plea, co-founder Cenk Uygur says it is more important than ever for his operation to go big. The quote in our headline comes from the very end if his $2 million crowdfunding call to arms. Here’s a bit more:

Between now and the inauguration, we want to raise enough money to hire four new powerful investigative journalist teams. Each team will be anchored by a world-class investigative journalist. I can’t wait to tell you who we have in mind. You are going to love these people. But we need to raise the money first to get them to sign on. Each team will include editors, producers and camera people. We’re going to do this right.

With just one full-time reporter – Jordan Chariton – we’ve already broken so many important stories. We broke the Donna Brazile story, we broke the lead poisoning story in Indiana before The New York Times (based on a tip from one of our viewers), we covered the DNC tilting the primaries toward Clinton before any of the emails ever came out confirming it and we have been the only media outlet to be at Standing Rock from the beginning to end. And it was our very own Wes Clark and Michael Wood, responding to Jordan’s coverage, who brought 4,000 veterans there to protect the water protectors. Would that story have broken through without the coverage that you made possible? Look at what you have already built!

Now imagine what we could do with FIVE full reporting teams! Let me at ‘em. We have to keep Trump accountable. We have to keep the establishment accountable. No one is doing investigative pieces on the donors, the appointees, the leaders in Congress. There are so many things to investigate and uncover. Let us stand up for the American people.

Donation amounts have been pre-set to as low as $3. In other words, one cup of Starbucks, skipped, could help fuel this media push.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.