A rising political commentator/pundit and analyzer, the Turkish-American Cenk Kadir Uygur (born March 21, 1970) is the main host and creator of ''Radio/TheYoungTurks'' on Website/YouTube, who wanted to start a liberal political and entertainment show. Born in Istanbul, his Muslim family emigrated to New Jersey when he was eight, but he switched from Muslim to agnostic later in his life, and he worked as an assistant attorney after graduating from Pennsylvania University. Starting off as a Northeast moderate Republican, Cenk subsequently switched into a liberal/progressive, but he says he retains most of his old stances. His most defining view is that [[MegaCorp multinational corporations]] have [[OneNationUnderCopyright bribed Congress]], manipulating the political system through the media and think tanks in order to shift the spectrum further right-wing, while making money off the backs of the middle and working class. Unsurprisingly, he is not a fan of such an endeavor.

By and large he views both the Democrats and Republicans as jointly-owned subsidiaries of those same multinational corporations, Cenk essentially views the Democrats as {{Dirty Coward}}s and believes they are capitulating to this process, but he gives credit where it's due. He holds a particular soft spot in that towards Alan Grayson, Russ Feingold, Anthony Wiener and UsefulNotes/BillClinton, though he still gives Clinton flak for allegedly contributing to the economic recession and allowing corporate control of the media. His view on the Republicans is [[AlwaysChaoticEvil even harsher]], but he still has a soft spot for old-school Republicans like Alan Simpson, who he believes are dead wrong on the policies, but right on the issues. He also believes that the mainstream media [[ConspiracyTheorist deliberately]] [[StatusQuoIsGod leads to an unwillingness to genuinely and forcefully challenge orthodox political positions and conventional wisdom.]] He has also argued that modern American political journalism fails to meet its obligation of reporting on the news in an objective manner, preferring a neutral approach to news stories, so as not to be accused of taking sides, even when there's already a clear distinction between fact and fiction.

To say that he disliked UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's administration would be a '''massive''' understatement. He viewed Bush as a TyrantTakesTheHelm type, with Vice President Cheney as the ManBehindTheMan. Although Cenk was initially positive of UsefulNotes/BarackObama, he quickly took an increasingly critical attitude towards Obama's policies, believing the policies and initiatives of Obama's administration were shifting further to the right and that Obama made unnecessary and preemptive tangible and ideological concessions to his opponents. On October 21, 2010, he became an official contributor and substitute anchor to MSNBC, filling in for Dylan Ratigan and Ed Schultz, among others. On January 21 of the following year, Cenk hosted his own segment on the 6 p.m. Eastern slot for MSNBC, after Creator/KeithOlbermann parted ways with the network. He earned ''immense'' ratings, enough that MSNBC beat CNN ''and'' Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} by June, but his contract with MSNBC ended after he turned down an offer that involved more money, but less prominence. According to Cenk, the head of MSNBC told him "people in Washington were concerned about your tone".
!!Tropes related to Cenk Uygur include:
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Unintentionally, since his station is called "The Young Turks" after a political clique of reformists who seized power in [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops the Ottoman Turkish Empire]] to try and institute broad changes to the previously absolute monarchy. In spite of these beginnings, they're most known for what they did a few years after coming into power, when they [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide tried to exterminate the non-Turkish non-Muslim populations of the Empire]]. See WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide below.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: His view of Republicans as a whole, with varying degrees of "chaotic" and "evil".
* BigEater: A RunningGag on the show is his love of food. Lampshaded when he claims that he's going to "get ripped," and Ana calls him out.
-->'''Ana:''' "You can't go to the food truck and get two different types of grilled cheeses and tater tots. You can't have that anymore."
-->'''Cenk:''' "Let's see what happens."
* BigGood: This is what fans of TYT actually view about ''Cenk himself'' as the founder, host and CEO of ''Radio/TheYoungTurks''. In addition, he apparently spearheads, if not founded, Wolf-PAC and the Justice Democrats.
** He painted Obama in this light during the 2008 election, but [[HeadInTheSandManagement his opinion of Obama's policies]] changed that. Nowadays, he's switched that role to Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, though Cenk went on record to say that the only politician he would ever trust "blankly" would be Russ Feingold.
** In addition, he views UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt and UsefulNotes/BillClinton in this light during their presidencies, even though he does [[WhatTheHellHero call them out for their bad decisions]] (internment of Japanese-Americans for Roosevelt; deregulating the markets, allowing corporate control of the media and signing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Marriage_Act Defense of Marriage Act]] into law for Clinton).
* BlatantLies: In defense of Black Lives Matter movement against a comment made by Sarah Palin, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hos7HouJ4DQ&t=15m12s he claims that Sarah Palin speaks of Black Lives Matter supporters as "not people"]] and that there is no evidence of Black Lives Matter supporters shouting "death to cops!" during their rallies. Even though the recorded statement says "peaceful", and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZJOmtEH5Y0 YouTube videos showing contrary to the second claim]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4ARsxrZh8 have been around for years]]. Even viewers who would otherwise never think of defending Sarah Palin in a million years (who constitute the majority of his viewership to begin with) are astonished by his willingness to blatantly put words into someone else's mouth just to make a point.
* BrokenPedestal:
** Creator/{{MSNBC}}, after being told to him by its head, "We are the establishment."
** Al Jazeera, after finding out that they published more pro-war arguments calling for strikes against Syria.
* CatchPhrase: ''So many''.
** "Of coooourse!"
** "Elbow from the sky!"
** "Sad day for you."
** "How's that X working out for Y?"
** "I jump ''in'' it!"
** "Down goes X!"
** "But are they not merciful!"
** "Let him/her go!"
** "That's awesome."
** "Wa siktir!" (Turkish for [[OhCrap holy sh*t]])
** "It's about ''the money'', [[Film/TheBigLebowski Lebowski!]]"
** "Wrong again, Bob."
* ChivalrousPervert: Cenk routinely makes suggestive comments about attractive women and has a top ten list of hottest celebrities even though he is happily married and makes it a point of pride to stand up for what he considers to be women's rights.
* CoDragons: His view of Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He essentially views most multinationals as this and the BigBad of politics as a whole. The Koch Brothers in particular get blamed for that.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Inverted; in his own words and his point of view, the Republicans left him when they became extremist to him.
* DirtyCoward: His view of most Democrats, but he rationalizes it as ObfuscatingStupidity, since he views them in the same complicit light as the Republicans.
** This is also his view on [[TheFundamentalist Islamic Fundamentalists]] as well.
* DoubleStandard: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zru40sTQ84A&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ&index=6&feature=plcp Sees him claim that there is one between the treatments of Trayvon Martin and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki]]. He also uses it to paint an incredibly dark view of President Obama himself.
* DragonInChief: He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt52b5X2T1U&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL thinks of this]] about Mitt Romney.
* EnemyMine: Although his viewpoint on Obama's presidency isn't a positive one, [[https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/11/06-6 he voted for him on the grounds that a Romney presidency would be worse.]]
** He doesn't much care for Hillary Clinton, either, but would not let any Donald Trump supporter speak ill of her in any way without a (verbal) fight. He ultimately voted for her and released a long video asking his followers to follow suit for this trope.
** He's not a fan of Roman Catholic Church either, but he [[PetTheDog applauded]] [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Francis]] for taking the church to more progressive direction. He even compared the Pope to Martin Luther King Jr., a religious figure he admires. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bjlTr_R4nc Even more so when the Pope came out to support public finance election that's independent from private interest]], which Cenk is very much supportive of.
** He and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure former Louisiana Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer]] agree that big money in politics is the main problem and [[http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/04/buddy-roemer-firm-invests-million-in-young-turks-186934.html the latter's firm invested $4 million into Cenk's The Young Turks network]]. Cenk said that Roemer's group will sit on the network's advisory board but will not have influence over the content.
* EnemyCivilWar: His take on the divide between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment.
** This is exemplified by the duel for the 2012 Republican nomination. The presumptive frontrunner is Mitt Romney; the rest of the candidates style themselves as the "anti-Romney", with Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum as his most notable opponents.
* FullCircleRevolution: Cenk expressed disapproval over his perception of Obama's continuation of Bush's policies.
* GeneralFailure: His view of Don Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary.
%%* GirlOnGirlIsHot
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: TYT pokes good-natured fun at all languages in general, though Cenk seems to be particularly fascinated with [[GratuitousGerman German]] words.
** Exhibit A: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFQcnN1le-8 Kartoffelsalat!]]
* HotBlooded: He was ''far'' more prone to this behavior back when he was a radio talk show host.
* ImplacableMan: As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl_gW0i1NUU&list=UUPahzXZvF8f5bRJ5TNvZS8w&index=1&feature=plcp this arm-wrestling match shows]].
* InsistentTerminology: He always refers to himself as a progressive, not a liberal.
%%* LargeHam
* TheLastDJ: He left MSNBC after they offered him a lucrative contract in exchange for toning down his rhetoric.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Believes this is true of Bankers in general, and also makes him believe that they are a (or the) BigBad. Specific examples are Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Enron, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan Chase...
* NoPronunciationGuide: His first name is pronounced with a J (Jenk). "C" sounds like "J" in Turkish.
* NotSoDifferent: UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan claimed to have left the Democrats for the same reasons Cenk left the Republicans - the parties left ''them''.
* PetTheDog:
** He claims that Bush started making slightly more reasonable decisions by the end of his final term.
** Cenk is no fan of Hillary Clinton, and spent months criticizing the DNC choosing her over Bernie Sanders. When Clinton lost the 2016 election to Trump, Cenk was very solemn and subdued when it came to discussing her for quite some time afterwards. When the Young Turk community voted Hillary third in their list of the most hated people of 2016[[note]]behind Trump and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz[[/note]], he expressed both relief and disappointment, claiming Clinton had been through enough already.
* PromotedFanboy: Cenk gushed about [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]] and Creator/KeithOlbermann on many occasions, for being the first few truly (in his view) progressive voices on television. Between [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3lWwpHotwg Con(servative) Job of the day]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUcY-BGpReQ Interviews with Maddow]], Cenk finally got his chance to take a crack at it himself, now employed by ''UsefulNotes/AlGore'' at Current TV.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''Very'' fond of delivering these. His view is that pretty much 90% of Washington simply doesn't care about actual beliefs or principles and that their votes are simply up for sale; also that the mainstream media have completely given up on the principle of actually doing their job of exposing the truth and simply reprint what the politicians say without challenge. He claims to be a firsthand observer of the last one, as he left MSNBC when they essentially told him that Washinton was unhappy with his refusal to "play ball," as he often puts it. The most scathing and memorable of these speeches is his infamous "USA Today, 'US safer, Bush says'" headline rant, AKA "USA Today, you suck balls!"
---> '''Cenk:''' USA Today, 'US safer, Bush says'" headline rant, AKA "USA Today, you suck balls!"
* TheRival: There are several for Cenk: in politics, one of his favorite guests is Ron Paul, despite their polarized political views. On the internet, one of his strongest rivals is Lee Doren, the Right-wing libertarian host of How The World Works (itself a popular Youtube channel) and former employee of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute think tank.
%%* RousingSpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Ni7vlx9wA&feature=channel&list=UL Right here]].
* SpinOff: Back when Cenk was in MSNBC, most of his interviews were moved onto TYT Interviews.
* StupidEvil: He apparently thinks of the Republicans as this, too, who in his view are willing to happily and knowingly commit political suicide out of spite (see BlatantLies entry above).
* WhatTheHellHero: A frequent way that he criticizes the Obama administration.
** Gave a passing one to Mark Udall after his vote in support of the NDAA.
** Did the same to Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over not taking part in the Rand Paul filibuster of Brennan's nomination to the CIA.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: In 2010, Cenk announced the birth of his son, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Prometheus]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Maximus]] Uygur.
** He also had a ''lot'' of fun with the fact that Mitt Romney's dressage horse was named "Rafalka". He must have said it over twenty times in four minutes.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: On top of his extremely controversial opinions on politics, he's still been known to deny or at least negate the full extent of the Armenian genocide. It also doesn't help that naming a show after [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Young Turks party]] is something akin to show called "The National Socialists." However, his main co-host Ana Kasparian is Armenian, which either gives him NWordPrivileges or is just like having a Jewish person on the aforementioned show.
** [[https://tytnetwork.com/2016/04/22/rescinding-daily-pennsylvanian-article/ He retracted his denial in 2016]], saying that he was going to refrain from commenting on the topic and acknowledging that he doesn't know enough about it.