Information Diet: Cenk Uygur

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

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.