Russell Brand: MSNBC Is Extremely Conservative

Why he is a successful comedian.

In what could be the funniest video you watch all week, actor/comedian Russell Brand called MSNBC “an extremely conservative idea.”

Interviewed by Cenk Uygur (a former MSNBC host) on the YouTube channel The Young Turks, Uygur asked Brand, “In American media conservatives dominated almost exclusively before Keith Olbermann turned MSNBC in a more progressive direction. I think, in a lot of ways, they still dominate. So to that point, what’s your sense in the American media versus the British media, and you know conservatives here say “Oh it’s liberal.” Is that the sense you have? Or is it the exact opposite?”

Brand’s response showed why he is a successful comedian.

“No. I think the reason that people say that the media is liberal is to preemptively prevent true liberalism emerging. I think if you say 'Oh, the media is so liberal and pro-homosexuals and pro-lefties' then there is a kind of nervousness about promoting ideas of equality and unity and togetherness. The media is an extremely conservative institution. I’ve been on that MSNBC before, it is an extremely conservative idea. The way the arguments are framed allows debate in a tiny, tiny circumference.”