Google have given the left-wing media outlet The Young Turks a six-figure payday for them to create a YouTube course to teach users how to do local journalism.
The project, called TYT Academy, is part of YouTube’s pledge to spend $25 million on “news efforts,” which itself is part of Google’s $300 million investment in news publishers, according to Axios. The class is in a trial phase as of Tuesday, taking only 10-15 students before being released to the public. (RELATED: Young Turks’ Hasan Piker Says The US Deserved 9/11)
The project’s creator, TYT’s Steven Oh, stated that they “not interested in cranking out journalists who share our political viewpoint whatsoever.”
Facebook has funded a similar class for users to identify “deepfake” videos on the internet, but it went to Reuters to create the course, an organization widely considered non-partisan. (RELATED Young Turks Contributor Mocks ISIS Victim Kayla Mueller, Then Takes It Back)
The Turk’s course, which could previously be found on YouTube, has since been made private. It features 5-10 minute episodes starring different personalities at TYT, with Founder Cenk Uygur hosting the introductory episode.
Uygur is running for Congress in California to replace Rep. Katie Hill, but his campaign has been slammed with accusations of sexism after 2013 footage resurfaced of him ranking women from 1 to 10 on how likely men would be to let the women perform oral sex on them, according to the LA Times.
You know what’s REAL anti-semitism? Right-wing Evangelical Christians supporting Israel because they think it will bring about the End Times where all of the Jews die. Worst anti-Semitism in the world!
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) March 7, 2019
TYT Host John Iadarola hosts the first episode, which focuses on beat reporting.
The Republican party and right wing media have worked for decades to create a base that values “owning libs” over their own economic interests.
If you liked that asinine Trump tweet, congratulations – their work paid off. https://t.co/fMCJN3yilF
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) August 23, 2019
TYT Managing editor Jonathan Larsen, who previously worked at Al Jazeera America, hosts episode 5.
YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller.