Information Diet: Cenk Uygur

'The Young Turks' host consumes a breakfast of wholesome news to start his day

Photo Courtesy Cenk Uygur


What's the first information you consume in the morning?
I get up and immediately read all my emails from my 18 different accounts, and then I dive into Huffington Post and some other blogs--Think Progress, Crooks and Liars, and then the AP.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
I print out all the relevant articles for the day--at least, the morning--and I take them to one of my favorite diners, and I read through and highlight them so I can get them to the producers before our morning meeting.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
Usually, I use the car time to make calls, since it's L.A. Other than that, I'm thinking about what I'm going to do on the show that day--the themes for that day, what stories have me worked up, and what I'm going to say about them.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?
Unfortunately, a restricted diet. I love TV and I'd love to watch more . . . but there's just not enough time in the day.

If you're a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
HBO, FX, USA, and AMC have a bunch of my favorite shows: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Louie. My wife and I love Modern Family, and our guilty pleasure is Jersey Shore. When I'm on the road, I'll watch TV shows on my iPad.

Before bed, do you: Bite into a novel; graze on Twitter; or fast until morning?
Before I go to bed, I do my last round of news . . . I love reading books--it's another pleasure I don't get all that often because I have to read so much every single day.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
In the past, I loved print, but it's just too old school. It's a matter of efficiency. On the Web, everything is laid out for you, much easier. Unfortunately, it's not really a contest.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I'd say my Twitter app . . . Twitter is a great way of letting you know what's buzzing. When three of four people send me the same article back-to-back from different sources, whether it's viewers or journalists that I trust, I go, "OK, obviously that's relevant," and check it out immediately.

What's your biggest digital indulgence?
Whenever I watch my TV shows on my iPad, I feel like, "Look at me--taking a half-hour break to watch an old episode of The Office! Might as well bein a Jacuzzi!"

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
Some sites just do it for you--they know what you like, what topics you're interested in, and they help you sort through it. That's a huge advantage, especially in my line of business.