I appreciate the answers, but most seem to immediately misread the query, and then wander off-topic. To clarify, the query relates Cenk’s assertion in TYT Network’s promotional material (email, call for action, etc) that TYT Network is going to cease to exist (as a business) if it fails to garner sufficient paid memberships. Cenk is asking us to support his BUSINESS.
To be fair, if a business provides a worthwhile service, I believe it is societally advantageous and beneficial to support that business. It is especially important to support socially conscious businesses, because they are sacrificing a portion of their potential profit to support and improve society.
However, the problem is evaluating whether or not a business is actually a socially conscious business, and not just masquerading as one. There are many signs that TYT is not a socially conscious business, so I am not really interested in supporting them if such is the case. Many of Cenk’s actions are just incongruous with TYT being a socially conscious business.
In the context that the TYT community and Cenk’s business are actually progressive and socially conscious as a business, then Cenk’s dissociation with Justice Democrats is only reasonable in the case that the existence of the Justice Democrats is not progressing the nation forward. While as a faction they do not have much political power, they do have some political power, so they can begin to “move the needle” progressively.
Furthermore, in same context, Cenk Uygur deciding to run for president is just objectively less effective then Cenk elevating the existing candidates, and even less effective then working with existing progressive media and organizations to elevate the existing candidates.
Also remember, other good progressive media exists that does as good, or better job than TYT, TYT has a bad repution concerning the fair treatment of employees, TYT appears to utilize unpaid labor, and TYT’s fact checking is often deficient (especially compared with other progressive media and personalities).
@sciguy24 @Laffinface @born59 @Drew2008 @enduser @cbickle @oneofthedineh If TYT is actually progressive and socially conscious business, I want to support them. So, are they?