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Kyle Kulinski
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Kulinski at Politicon 2018
Personal information
Born (1988-01-31) January 31, 1988 (age 31)
NationalityAmerican
EducationBA in political science
(Iona College)
OccupationYouTuber
Political commentator
Political activist
ReligionNone (agnostic atheist)[1]
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2008–present
GenrePolitical commentary
Political activism
SubscribersOver 700,000
(July 2019)
Total viewsOver 550 million
(July 2019)
NetworkThe Young Turks

Kyle Edward Kulinski (born January 31, 1988) is an American social democratic political commentator, and the co-founder of Justice Democrats.[2][3] He is the host and producer of The Kyle Kulinski Show, an affiliate of The Young Turks network.[4] He is a registered Democrat in New York state.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Kulinski was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2006 and Iona College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in psychology. He is of Italian and Polish descent.[5][6]

Kulinski started a personal YouTube channel in 2008. Named "Secular Talk", the channel began as a hobby for him as he finished his studies at Iona College. The videos Kulinski published were almost all political commentaries, with segments such as the "Nutjob of the Week" and the "Common Sense Award", where Kulinski would offer his take on the actions of various politicians, public figures, and groups.

The Kyle Kulinski Show[edit]

In 2012, Kulinski began publishing videos full-time, and started broadcasting on BlogTalkRadio as The Kyle Kulinski Show. The show covers politics, news, current events, pop culture, economics, science, philosophy and religion from a "libertarian-left; populist; social democratic; agnostic-atheist perspective." The show's segments are uploaded to Kulinski's Secular Talk YouTube channel, which received its 100,000th subscriber in April 2014 and reached 500,000 subscribers in September 2017.[7] His subscriber count as of July 2019 was 705,707, making him the 20,486th most-subscribed channel.[8][9]

Political beliefs[edit]

Kulinski has described himself as a progressive and a social democrat, as well as left libertarian in political compass parlance.[5]

2016 US presidential election[edit]

Kulinski criticized mainstream media coverage of the elections, after a Harvard study found that they devoted very little of air time to policy substance when covering the elections. He said that "they view the election, and they discuss the election solely from the horse race aspect of it. As you cover the horse race angle, you should pepper your coverage with endless policy discussion".[10]

Justice Democrats[edit]

On January 23, 2017, three days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Kulinski co-founded the Justice Democrats.[11][12][13] The group seeks to steer the Democratic Party in the strongly progressive, social democratic or democratic socialist direction espoused by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. They do this by running progressive candidates in primaries against moderate and conservative Democrats such as Joe Manchin, Joe Crowley,[14] and Dianne Feinstein.

Resignation[edit]

When co-founder Cenk Uygur was forced to resign over blogposts from the early 2000s that were deemed sexist, Kulinski resigned in solidarity;[15] he added later that he would still support Justice Democrats' candidates.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Secular Talk (February 17, 2016), What Is A 'Militant Agnostic' And 'Agnostic-Atheism'?, retrieved July 23, 2018 – via YouTube
  2. ^ "Justice Democrats: About". Justice Democrats. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Hains, Tim (January 24, 2017). "Cenk Uygyr launches a new wing of Democratic Party: Justice Democrats". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Pfeiffer, Eric (July 11, 2017). "Kyle Kulinski Of The Young Turks Says Democrats Need To Change Before They Can Defeat Trump". Good.is. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Kulinski, Kyle. "About". The Kyle Kulinski Show. Archived from the original on December 20, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Secular Talk (April 11, 2015). "Kyle's First Time High - From K&C #10" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Democratic Insurgents: An Interview with Justice Democrats Director Alexandra Rojas". The Globe Post. October 11, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Secular Talk YouTube Channel Analytics and Report". www.noxinfluencer.com. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "seculartalk Monthly YouTube Statistics". socialblade.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Harvard Study Finds Biased, Non-Substantive Media Coverage of Election 2016". MediaFile. September 29, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur Co-Creates 'Justice Democrats' to Revamp the Democratic Party (Video)". Truthdig. January 24, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  12. ^ Wiegel, David (January 23, 2017). "Progressives launch 'Justice Democrats' to counter party's 'corporate' legislators". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ Haines, Tim (January 24, 2017). "Cenk Uygur Launches A "New Wing" Of Democratic Party: Justice Democrats". Real Clear Politics.
  14. ^ Goldmacher, Shane; Martin, Jonathan (June 26, 2018). "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Marans, Daniel. "Progressive Group Ousts Cenk Uygur Over Past Sexist Writing". HuffPost. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  16. ^ Kulinski, Kye. "Kyle Kulinski Explains Why He Left Justice Democrats". The Jimmy Dore Show. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via YouTube.

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