The Young Turks (also referred to derogatorily by critics as The Young Jerks) is a far-left, progressive racist web show that celebrates the name of a genocidal regime that murdered more than 2 million Armenian Christians motivated by both, ethnic Turkish anti-Armenian racism and Islamic anti-Christian intolerance, as a jihad. Turkish and Kurdish mobs attacking Armenian caravans with shouts and cries of "Allah" and "jihad".
Co-host Cenk Uygur interviewed female anti-feminist Karen Straughan. During the interview, Uygur became visibly agitated, repeatedly cutting off Straughan which culminated in him eventually telling her to make him a sandwich. This is ironic considering Uygur has previously espoused feminist views.
In 2016, after years of bigotry-motivated denial of the Islamic genocide against Armenian Christians, Uygur admitted he wasn't qualified to prove it didn't happen.
Donald Trump election
The series gained some notoriety during the 2016 presidential election where the commentators, especially Uygur, proceeded to go from smug about Hillary Clinton's "inevitable" win to visibly breaking down on the air over Trump's chances at winning increasing, effectively acting as a visual representation of the mainstream media's overall reaction to learning they sorely underestimated Trump's chances at winning.
Uygur and the Young Turks earned a reputation for notoriety throughout the 2008 presidential election by smearing Sen. John McCain as "racist". The Young Turks have never attempted to clarify, rescind, or apologize for divisive and hateful rhetoric.
On the Young Turks' YouTube channel, the comment sections of its videos are a virtual liberal echo chamber where the channel's liberal fanbase mindlessly agree with each other and the show hosts in hive-minded, and often immature and vulgar, fashion and, in that same fashion, are quick to attack anyone who voices opposing views; in doing so, however, some of that fanbase also display their lack of education in their attacks via poorly-written posts that imply a lack of literacy (e.g. lack of sentence structure and non-use of punctuation) as well as displaying the willful ignorance of facts and the truth that is endemic of the entire fanbase.
After the 2016 election, Ana Kasparian openly insulted women who voted for Trump, calling them dumb and asserted that she thought "so poorly of them". The video was so unpopular that were over eight dislikes for every like.
- Multiple references:
- Stephan H. Astourian, "Modern Turkish Identity and the Armenian Genocide: From Prejudice to Racist Nationalism. Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923," Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide, 2004. (28 pp)
- Ze'evi, Dror., Morris, Benny. The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924. United Kingdom: Harvard University Press, 2019.
...actually part of a single, continuing, and intentional effort to wipe out Anatolia’s Christian population and create a pure Muslim nation.
- The Armenian Genocide Was Also A Jihad, The Boston Globe, Apr 14, 2015.
Talaat Pasha, the powerful Ottoman interior minister during World War I, certainly didn’t disguise his objective. “The Government . . . has decided to destroy completely all the indicated [Armenians] persons living in Turkey,” he brusquely reminded officials in Aleppo in a September 1915 dispatch. “An end must be put to their existence . . . and no regard must be paid to either age or sex, or to conscientious scruples.”US Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, flooded with accounts of the torture, death marches, and butchery being inflicted on the Armenians, remonstrated with Talaat to no avail. “It is no use for you to argue,” Morgenthau was told. “We have already disposed of three quarters of the Armenians. . . . The hatred between the Turks and Armenians is now so intense that we have got to finish them. If we don’t, they will plan their revenge. . . . We will not have the Armenians anywhere in Anatolia.”
- The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies. United States: Transaction Publishers, 2011. 298.
...one should turn to survivor accounts and memoirs that describe the Turkish and Kurdish mobs attacking Armenian caravans with shouts and cries of "Allah" and "jihad"...
- Cenk Uygur Still Won’t Acknowledge The Armenian Genocide
- SHAME On Women Who Voted For Trump | Election Day Coverage 2016 (Warning: Video contains foul language)