OK, I confess. I’m now an EX-news-junky. Well, maybe not, it is just that there isn’t any actual just news program anymore. I’ve got the national advocacy programs from folks like RT or Franc24, or the DNC Buddies CNN ABC NBC CBS (owned and run by corporate cronies for Their Side), The We’re Not Them! naysayers of them where you get “here’s what they said and why it is wrong” Fox, Newsmax. Then there’s the headline aggregators who mostly have the same stuff as CNN ABC NBC CBS but in snips from a talking person-bot (Newsy etc.) It is all essentially the same old same old with minor differences in political spin.
Watch any one now, I can pretty much tell you what the other one will be saying (“me too” or “did not”…) So I’ve found myself watching YouTube videos. Far more variety and far more interesting and, well, it has actual content.
So along the way I ran into another New-to-Me person doing individual journalism. From the Timcast channel where he was interviewed, I ended up watching his stuff. About 1/2 hour per episode and he tells you all the stuff that the “news” ought to be saying, but isn’t.
Take the Berkeley Riots by Antifa. Anyone point out they were using a strategy called “Black Bloc”? Anyone explain what flags they were flying and what that said about their political bent? What their motivations and goals were (beyond just “stop conservative speech”? Why they wear black hoodies? Well he does.
Here’s one that gives a bit of history on Black Bloc and explains what you ought to know about the various groups and their flags:
Sidebar On Historical Sargon of Akkad:
This article is about the Akkadian king. For the Assyrian kings, see Sargon I and Sargon II. For the YouTuber, see Carl Benjamin.
Sargon of Akkad (Akkadian Šarru-ukīn or Šarru-kēn, also known as Sargon the Great) was the first ruler of the Semitic-speaking Akkadian Empire, known for his conquests of the Sumerian city-states in the 24th to 23rd centuries BC.
He was the founder of the “Sargonic” or “Old Akkadian” dynasty, which ruled for about a century after his death, until the Gutian conquest of Sumer. The Sumerian king list makes him the cup-bearer to king Ur-Zababa of Kish. His empire is thought to have included most of Mesopotamia, parts of the Levant, besides incursions into Hurrite and Elamite territory, ruling from his (archaeologically as yet unidentified) capital, Akkad (also Agade).
So you need a historical perspective to give yourself such a handle. But that wiki also points to who he really is. I’d take it with a pound of salt, though, as I suspect he will be under some amount of pressure from Left Wing Nuts… who love coloring outside the lines on Wikis.
Carl Benjamin (born c. 1979) is a British YouTuber, better known by the online alias Sargon of Akkad. The alias, which is also the name of his main YouTube channel, is taken from the first ruler of the Akkadian Empire, Sargon of Akkad. Benjamin grew to prominence through the Gamergate controversy and early videos supporting antifeminism. Since then he has covered topics such as identity politics and the alt-right.
It goes on from there to list “controversial” things he’s done… So I’d not be surprised to find his stuff suddenly taken down on YouTube / Twitter etc. as they go bat-shit-crazy-Book-N-Video-burning.
This next one is 39 minutes of Tucker Carlson vs a, IMHO, fruity “Professor” who is an Antifa promoter; plus commentary about it. Looking at the “professor”, I can see our schools are in great danger of becoming worthless time wasters. Places to warn your children to avoid. It may be necessary to organize Home Schooling for Universities… Yes, that bad.
On the plus side, Tucker does a pretty good job (though “Sargon” does better – but with the advantage of a pause button)
Fair Warning: Contains some F-bombs and similar harsh language.
Along the way, I’ve run into Black Pigeon Speaks a few times. Here’s one on Hungary vs The EU. 10 minutes on why the EU is exploding at Hungary for saying maybe Hungary is for Hungarians…
With stuff with that depth on YouTube, why on earth would I watch CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, pMSNBC, etc. etc. just spouting the DNC Talking Points and doing “We hate Trump!” hit pieces? I already now they hate Trump. That’s NOT news. To anyone on the planet with a pulse at this point.