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July 24th, 2011
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Cenk Uygur on leaving MSNBC

Howard Kurtz talks to Cenk Uygur about his decision to leave MSNBC.


Filed under: Cenk Uygur • Media • MSNBC • Reliable Sources
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  1. Christian Sturges

    I used to watch "Reliable Sources" until I watched this interview. The way Howard Kurtz defended the major media, particularly MSNBC, convinced me that even his show is bought and paid for by corporate sponsors. Move over, Joseph Goebbels, we have a minister of propaganda to rival even the tactics of your own.

    November 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
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    October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
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    Lots of Cenk Uygur videos and transcripts of his show on MSNBC TV here: http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/

    I now detest Howard Kurtz for characterizing Cenk's behavior as rude to his guests. Hey, Howard, he doesn't lick the boots of the establishment like you.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Reply
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      November 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
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        November 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
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  6. Doug

    It is so obvious Howard does not know Cenk. I have been following Cenk for years. I hope he get"s another platform. He is tuff but fair and is right when he says the presses job is to challenge power. I will spring for tyt membership again.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:25 am | Reply
    • Elvin

      I see what's happening. Tax cuts for the rich are now Democratic sgttreay to explain the failing economy to people who don't understand economics.Unfortunately for the people who use these soundbites it is just not true and it is easily shown to be false.The economy crashed and jobs were lost in PRIVATE SECTOR.The TAX CUTS affect only PUBLIC SECTOR. BUT more important is that NOBODY is fired in public sector where Fed Income Taxes are used because of borrowing/printing!

      September 12, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  7. Barefoot Accountant

    Dear Howard Kurtz: I was very disappointed in your interview of Cenk Uygur. You implied, if not stated, that Cenk's style and treatment of his guests were inappropriate and that his employer had the right to instruct him to tone it down. I watched Cenk's show faithfully and recorded virtually all of his segments. Cenk's behavior, although challenging and aggressive, was always that of a gentleman. Yes, he sometimes shouted over those guests who would not yield the floor after making an unsubstantiated talking point; however, that made an engaging debate. I recall witnessing such on Crossfire with Buchanan and Press on many an evening and on the McLaughlin Group with Eleanor Clift and Buchanan. Perhaps if you and Wolf Blitzer showed a little more passion about your subjects, I would not lapse into a narcoleptic stupor while watching your shows. In the event that you need to be reminded, your purpose as a journalist is to get at the truth, not to kow tow to the wishes of your employer and the establishment. If it requires being a bit aggressive, so be it. Unlike you and Wolf who have good paying jobs, many of us are without employment and in dire economic straits. Consequently, Cenk's aggressive progressivism was appreciated by me and others, who found a voice for our anger over the state of our country, economy, and government. For any of you interested in judging for yourself about Cenk's style and tone, please visit my blog at http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/ for videos and transcripts of many of Cenk's broadcasts.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  8. Barefoot Accountant

    Dear Howard Kurtz: I was very disappointed in your interview of Cenk Uygur. You implied, if not stated, that Cenk's style and treatment of his guests were inappropriate and that his employer had the right to instruct him to tone it down. I watched Cenk's show faithfully and recorded virtually all of his segments. Cenk's behavior, although challenging and aggressive, was always that of a gentleman. Yes, he sometimes shouted over those guests who would not yield the floor after making an unsubstantiated talking point; however, that made an engaging debate. I recall witnessing such on Crossfire with Buchanan and Press on many an evening and on the McLaughlin Group with Eleanor Clift and Buchanan. Perhaps if you and Wolf Blitzer showed a little more passion about your subjects, I would not lapse into a narcoleptic stupor while watching your shows. In the event that you need to be reminded, your purpose as a journalist is to get at the truth, not to kow tow to the wishes of your employer and the establishment. If it requires being a bit aggressive, so be it. Unlike you and Wolf who have good paying jobs, many of us are without employment and in dire economic straits. Consequently, Cenk's aggressive progressivism was appreciated by me and others, who found a voice for our anger over the state of our country, economy, and government.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  9. Al Alcala

    Cenk not only speaks the truth (the only one on national media that does) but he does it with an entertaining sense of humor that makes you want to continually tune in and listen. CNN would be wise to offer him his own show. Perhaps the "In the Arena" time slot? That would be CNN sticking a finger in MSNBC's eye. Go Cenk! I wish you greater success.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
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    July 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  11. rajeev

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwgBjkucSXM&w=640&h=390]

    the Aylona show is way better than howard kurtz's Reliable Sources

    July 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  12. Janet Waller

    /we tuned into Cenk's show on MSNBC and there was Rev. Al. OK we thought Cenk's having some time off, good for him. Then the next week there was Rev. Al again, wow MSNBC loves Cenk so much they are giving him two weeks vacation. But by the third and fourth week, we thought SOMETHING IS WRONG. And so it was, after signing on to the Young Turks Website, this evening I got the real story. CENK IS GONE, what a waste, he told it like it was and was so passionate about his work. I felt someone was really on my side. Shame on you MSNBC first Olberman, and now Cenk – who is next Chris Matthews? Don't do this leave us someone who will take the politicans to task. WE MISS YOU CENK!!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Nidanur

      Why not. They've worked hard to dianstce themselves from us yet you say that it's wrong for me to say that we should dianstce ourselves from them. We're the ones living under some of the most deplorable conditions. We're the ones given substandard wages (if we're even lucky enough to get a job). If you look at the national statistics you will see that black people, in general terms, are the most exploited and deprived. Have you ever heard of White Flight? Look it up. Oh, but I'm wrong?

      September 12, 2012 at 2:13 am | Reply
      • Joshua

        How can they FIX the Economy when all the jobs got sent overseas Cenk? This ecoomny will never recover unless we stop this from happening but it continues each and every month. The only thing this country builds anymore is Gaming Casinos and we all know what the outcome is on that. If they're going to continue and give out money why don't they give it to the American People and stop this bull of handing it out to the BANKERS.The Gov. is in bed with the Banks and Wall Street and it will never end

        October 10, 2012 at 3:45 am |
      • Jasmyn

        404 million views and didvie that over the 5+ years (almost 2000 days) they've been on YouTube. That works out to just over 200K views per day, which is a far cry from the 700K to 800K Cenk claims. Even if there were 700K views per day, that is not unique inidividuals. Eg, if you watch 8 clips per day, you are only 1 person. And TYT's clips are not all political eg. (76yr old porn star). Cenk knows this, so for him to claim 700K views is disingenuous. Misleading

        October 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  13. Luis

    Cenk is the man! challenge the establishment!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Fxfmnx

      The Federal Government is borrowing and prtining money where it does not have enough taxes to pay for their crazy spending on WARS.So they are blaming income tax cuts for failing economy, while NOBODY felt ANY effect of income tax cuts on economy! Because the Federal Government is STILL paying for all its expenses, though through borrowing/prtining.The DEBT cannot be repaid but the Expenses are paid with debt!So argument that tax cuts caused economy to die is ABSURD!

      September 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
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      September 12, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
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        November 13, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  14. Stan Stanisloski

    I was disappointed with Howard Kurtz' interview with Cenk Uygur. (1) Instead of being a objective journalist, Kurtz accepted without question MSNBC's story that it was merely producers who raised concerns about Uygur's tone. Even Uygur was more objective than that. (2) Kurtz brought up the red herring of MSNBC's "right" to choose people as though someone brought that issue forward as opposed to the concern of a major news network possibly refering to itself as "the establishment" and taking tips from Washington players on it's people. (3) The only bit of journalism came from Uygur himself when he revealed that his replacement may have said in an interview that he would "never" criticize the President. That's news.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  15. Fernando1958

    Cenk, a man with principles.... how refreshing... I advice anybody following politics to subscribe to TYT. I live in Montreal and TYT is completely impartial. They love facts.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  16. Kenneth

    Wow, this Howard Kurtz is a condescending idiot. No wonder CNN is terrible.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • John

      Government deficit spnneidg causes job loss.Government deficit spnneidg made possible by borrowing from China guarantees China doesn't have money left to buy our products. Government deficit spnneidg creates debt, part of which I and other Americans buy up. When this happens, my money isn't there for me to spend, can't be loaned out by banks, and can't be invested in other areas. Stop spnneidg and create jobs. Brown's asinine shell game doesn't add anything to the economy.

      September 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  17. Vincent Masi

    Howard Kurtz and the other people at CNN who masquerade as journalists wouldn't know journalism if it knocked them on the head. Wolff Blitzer, Candy Crowley,John King, Barbara Starr. ... they are all obsessed with access, and giving a platform to those with power. They repeat the press releases of the Pentagon and the national security state, without an iota of critique or questioning. They lob soft-ball questions and then just let their guests (politicians) gush out their lies. Thank goodness for Cenk U. for trying to speak truth to power.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  18. HK

    I'm concerned about Howard's tone with Cenk here.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Barefoot Accountant

      Howard was not completely objective in his interview, was he?

      July 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Barefoot Accountant

      Perhaps Howard should rename his show as: Unreliable Howard.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply
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      October 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  19. hector

    Thanks for giving us the story of MSNBC and the Turk's separation. Where can we get the real story behind CNN giving Elliott Spitzer the boot? Gov. Spitzer did excellent work on 'In The Arena'. Howard, I am waiting for your story on that, or did I miss it?

    July 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • LibelFreeZone

      Spitzer did a great job–poised, intelligent, articulate, informed–but his ratings sucked. You can track most ratings at http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/

      July 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  20. mitchellwight

    Howard Kurtz could not have come off as more condescending if he tried. Kurtz tried as hard as he could to make Uygur look like a disgruntled employee, when it looks pretty clear that Uygur holds no grudge and was simply telling his side of the story (the side that clearly is more credible than that of his former employer). The mainstream corporate media is simply incapable of proving that it is not obsessed with access, since every piece of evidence out there suggests otherwise.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • John hILL

      This has to be the twilight zone.Howard sounds like he just came out of the pea pod and is foaming from the mouth.This has to prove the concept of parallel universes.We have to be in the wrong universe.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  21. CAtaxguy

    I LOVED Cenk on MSNBC, Ratigan and Maddow's shows are, not bad – fair – but Cenk was brutally honest and saying what we are all saying in private... It's a shame that the MSNBC bridge is now burnt to a crisp, although I wish they would bring him back on television, as a contingency I have joined his membership online and will continue to enjoy his commentary there. Well done Cenk, thank you and keep up the good work. Thanks Howard for having him on, please let's talk to him again.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  22. JimCT

    There is no doubt what this was all about. MSNBC grooming Cenk for a bigger role? Total hogwash and a lie. Paint him as some sort of "disgruntled employee" after he gets great ratings and the stuffed shirts get the word that he's becoming a little too successful, maybe starting to influence too many people who are now asking questions of this president and his motives. Cenks not accusing anybody of putting the hit on him, but it sure seems likely that it came from somewhere in the administration or the heirarchy of the Democratic Party.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  23. William T. VanLeer

    .Cenk Uygur speaks truth to power. As a frequent viewer of his MSNBC program, I found that his statements were in line with facts and his positions representative of the progressive view–one that I support as fair, and which promotes the interests of the country. While I could mention instance after instance, I prefer to simply ask one question. Why is it at a time when American corporations have record levels of cash on hand and record profits, they are not hiring. So then, if the proposed tax breaks would provide them with further profits can’t be reasonably be believed that the investments that might follow would continue to be outside of the United States. Would then, the result of such tax policy be further disparity of income and continued unemployment. I believe these analyses to be just one of the many put forth by Cenk Uygar that speaks to the issue of how to bring back an economy that works for all Americans. I will miss him on MSNBC. But surely MSNBC has room for such intellect in its schedule. Bring Cenk Uygar back.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • LibelFreeZone

      Gag. I'm so sick of this "truth to power" BS. Cenk ranted his opinion every day. So what else is new? Where oh where are the considered voices, the truly informed pundits who actually know what they're talking about and not just shooting from the hip? Volume doesn't trump insight–or at least it didn't used to. Now's a different story no matter what channel you watch.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  24. Bonnie Bucqueroux

    Howard (I am the establishment) Kurtz predictably refused to say that the blue sky is blue, fighting Cenk's characterization that he was asked to tone down his substance, not his style. As always, Kurtz wasted valuable time on trivia rather than allowing Cenk to make his point that the corporate media is more worried about maintaining access to politicians than in allowing watchdogs to do their job.

    July 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
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      October 9, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply

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