Sunday, December 14, 2014
Jihad of the Tube: Cenk Uygur of the "Young Turks" news site
As I have come to realize, the problem (of Islam) -- and the problem of the problem (i.e., the West's ongoing myopia about the problem) -- is not so much Islam, but Muslims.
The seemingly secularized in a smarmy way, You Tube news mogul (and self-defined ex-Muslim atheist) Cenk Uygur, in this long one-on-one conversation he had recently with Sam Harris, helpfully frames the issue with this crucial focus -- though Cenk's motivation, of course, we must reasonably assume, is not clarity but obfuscation in a pursuit of the Stealth Jihad-of-the-Pen (or updated to Jihad of the Tube).
And here's an amusing and incisive parody of this conversation by a You-Tuber named "Atheism is Unstoppable".
Also, the same guy produced a nice dressing-down of Cenk in this Tube chop I prepared. (From his list of videos, he also seems to take on Christianity, but I haven't assessed to what degree; the two videos I've seen thus far indicate he's not an Equivalencist). The full video is here.
Along with Cenk, there is Ana Kasparian, an Armenian-American talking head airhead who co-hosts. Altogether, the “Young Turks” “news” team—including a few others who look like nerdily snotty seniors from college interning for the Craig Ferguson show—in their slyly media-savvy and glossy way regularly apply lip gloss to the ugly pig of Islam (when they're not trying to be a glitzily edgy infotainment venue). But most of all, there is Cenk Uygyr, a canny, smarmy pundit who uses his “ex-Muslim” and “atheist” street cred to bolster his unctuously Westernized persona while deftly manipulating & massaging our own PC MC memes in favor of Islam like a whore fondling the testicles of her happily hapless client.