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Jimmy Dore
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Dore at the 2016 edition of Politicon
Born
James Patrick Anthony Dore

(1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 55)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
Years active1989–present
Political partyDemocratic (until 2016)
Independent (2016–Present)
MovementAmerican Progressivism
Spouse(s)Stefane Zamorano
Comedy career
Medium
Genres
Subject(s)
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2011–present
Subscribers823 thousand
(19 October 2020)
Total views343.8 million
(19 October 2020)
NetworkThe Young Turks (2009–2019)
Independent (2019–present)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
WebsiteOfficial website

James Patrick Anthony Dore (born July 26, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian and progressive political commentator best known for hosting The Jimmy Dore Show.

Early life

Dore was born in southwest Chicago, Illinois, on July 26, 1965, into a Catholic family of Polish and Irish descent. He has eleven siblings. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago[1] with a degree in marketing communications.[2] Dore started performing in 1989[3][4] and currently lives in Pasadena with his wife Stefane Zamorano.

Career

Comedy

Dore has made appearances on late-night television on shows such as ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and NBC's Late Friday. He was the lead performer in a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special on April 9, 2004, and Comedy Central's Citizen Jimmy, a one-hour stand-up special which was chosen "Best of 2008" by iTunes. He was a writer–performer for the off-Broadway hit The Marijuana-Logues. He has also performed at Just for Laughs in Montreal, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Amsterdam Comedy Festival, and for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.[4] Dore had a role in the 2008 documentary film Super High Me and hosted the podcast Comedy And Everything Else with his wife Stefane Zamorano and previously with Todd Glass, who departed from the show in late 2009.

Much of his material is focused on the corporate news media, social criticism, and politics. He also hosts his monthly show, Left, Right & Ridiculous, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Dore's first book, Your Country Is Just Not That Into You, was published in 2014. A comedy special, Sentenced to Live, was released on October 6, 2015.

The Jimmy Dore Show

In June 2009, he began producing The Jimmy Dore Show, a weekly one-hour comedic look at the news, which originates at KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, airs nationally on the Pacifica Radio Network. It aired online on TYT Network from 2009 to 2019. Dore appeared as a frequent guest host on Current TV's political commentary show The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. Dore continued working with Uygur on The Young Turks as it became an on-line network. In July 2017, Dore began hosting his own show on the network called "Aggressive Progressives."[5]

An article published in CNN described Dore's show as "a far-left YouTube channel that peddles conspiracy theories, such as the idea that Syrian chemical weapons attacks are hoaxes".[6] Dore responded by saying of his show that, "We actually debunk conspiracy theories like the one that says Assad gassed his own people".[7] In September 2019, the investigative journalism site Bellingcat reported that Dore had received $2,500 from The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees in 2017, described by Bellingcat as a pro-Assad lobby group.[8] That same year, Dore argued that the chemical weapons attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhun was likely to have been a "false flag," orchestrated by groups opposed to Bashar al-Assad.[8] A joint report by the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons stated that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.[8][9] Dore responded by retweeting criticism of claims of biased reporting.[10]

Dore supported Bernie Sanders' campaign in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, being called "Sanders-obsessed" by The Washington Post.[11] He was critical of Senator Elizabeth Warren for not defending Sanders in the primaries.[12] Dore later asserted that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be worse for progressives and for the United States than a Donald Trump presidency, saying "don't freak out about a Donald Trump presidency! I think, in fact, my theory is that it's even better for progressives in the short-term, meaning in the two-year term, and in four years for sure."[13]

A Washington Post article in January 2017 stated that since the presidential election, Dore had "lit into Democrats for blaming hackers for their loss, raised doubts about the credibility of intelligence agencies, and seen the heavy hand of war hawks hyping the Russia connection to destabilize Europe and the Middle East."[14] Dore has been a staunch critic of the Special Counsel investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.[15]

In May 2017, Dore discussed conspiracy theories over the murder of Seth Rich and questioned statements by law enforcement and Rich's family.[16] Dore cited a retracted Fox News story to substantiate his claims, and continued to insist that there were “a lot of red flags” and there “is probably something more to this story” including after the Fox News retraction.[17] Dore has also expressed doubt in the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks, saying "I don't know what happened. I know what didn't happen. What didn't happen is what the government said happened."[18]

On April 13, 2019, during a livestream, Dore officially announced his departure from The Young Turks Network, citing a desire to focus on his own show and his live performances.[19] Later that evening, his former boss, Cenk Uygur, confirmed his departure on Twitter.[20]

In a July 2020 video, Dore erroneously said Joe Biden "hosted a black face affair with a bunch of rich white people" before Dore showed an altered clip which darkened the face of black singer Jerome Powell.[21] One day after the video was uploaded it received over 100,000 views, and has since been removed from YouTube.[21]

Discography

  • It's Not Brain Surgery (2000)
  • Really? (2008)
  • Citizen Jimmy (2008)
  • It's 2016 (2016)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Great Britain Explained in a Way That Makes Sense". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Almost No One Is Watching Morning Cable News". YouTube.
  3. ^ Carnes, Jim (June 21, 2006). "Comedian Jimmy Dore: TiVo to Mac to stage". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Perlman, Daniel (July 30, 2008). "Jimmy Dore: Waging War on Stupidity". Punchline Magazine. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Aggressive Progressives - TYT.com". tyt.com.
  6. ^ Mezzofiore, Gianluca; Murphy, Paul P.; Yurieff, Kaya (April 20, 2018). "Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels". CNNMoney. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ads also appeared on The Jimmy Dore Show channel, a far-left YouTube channel that peddles conspiracy theories, such as the idea that Syrian chemical weapons attacks are hoaxes." We actually De-Bubunk conspiracy theories, like the one that says Assad gassed his own people". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  8. ^ a b c Davis, Charles (September 30, 2019). "Pro-Assad Lobby Group Rewards Bloggers On Both The Left And The Right". bellingcat. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Syrian government to blame for April sarin attack: U.N. report". October 27, 2017 – via www.reuters.com.
  10. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  11. ^ Weigel, David (May 27, 2016). "Why The Young Turks, and their viewers, love Bernie Sanders". Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Wagner, John; Gearan, Anne; Weigel, David (July 1, 2016). "Does Hillary Clinton really need Elizabeth Warren on the ticket?". Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Dore, Jimmy. "Hillary Presidency Worse For Progressives & America Than Trump". YouTube. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  14. ^ Weigel, Dave (January 13, 2017). "Some on the left want Democrats to move on from Russian hacking". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Perlroth, Nicole (June 15, 2020). "A Conspiracy Made in America May Have Been Spread by Russia". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "Analysis | The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  17. ^ Marcotte, Amanda. "Tale of 2 hoaxes: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory and "Conceptual Penis" prank both expose a fear of women's power". Salon. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  18. ^ Dore, Jimmy (2014-05-14). "The Young Turks - 05.20.14: Fracking, Common Core-Tests, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, GM Recall & Guns". The Young Turks. Retrieved 2020-08-24 – via YouTube. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  19. ^ Dore, Jimmy (2019-04-14). "Jimmy Dore Leaving TYT Explained". YouTube. The Jimmy Dore Show. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  20. ^ Uygur, Cenk [@cenkuygur] (April 13, 2019). "I had plenty of disagreements with @jimmy_dore in the last year but I always believed in him - and still do. He left @TheYoungTurks network today but he did it with incredible grace. I was proud to have him with us & be an independent voice checking us, as he does with all media" (Tweet). Retrieved April 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ a b Fichera, Angelo (July 17, 2020). "Video Doesn’t Show Biden Hosting ‘Black Face Skit’" FactCheck.org.

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