New Left-Wing Platform Seeks to Copy PragerU And Its Success

Lucy Collins | September 28, 2020 | 4:31pm EDT
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(Screenshot, The Gravel Institute.)
(Screenshot, The Gravel Institute.)

(CNS News) – In an effort to counter the wildly popular PragerU, a group that posts free market, conservative videos on social media, the left-wing Gravel Institute launched today with a short video claiming that PragerU’s is “a huge stream of lies that pours into every computer in America.” Gravel vows to “beat [PragerU] at their own game” by “presenting leftist ideas and refuting right-wing lies,” the organization asserts.

Narrated by Bob’s Burgers and Archer star H. Jon Benjamin, “How to Defeat PragerU: Introducing the Gravel Institute,” was released today and outlined “a big problem on the internet.” The video focuses on PragerU specifically, which is a conservative media group that produces short videos covering political, social, and historical topics.

The Gravel Institute mentions the prolific success of the company, stating, “one out of every three Americans has seen one of their videos and 70% say that Prager’s videos changed their minds.”

While not referencing specific “lies,” The Gravel Institute believes PragerU’s success to be problematic because “it is pulling people toward the Right.”

(Screenshot, YouTube)
(Screenshot, YouTube)

This is where The Gravel Institute hopes to push back and create “short, high quality, easy-to-understand videos presenting Leftist ideas and refuting Right-wing lies. Stuff you can send to your friends, your mothers, your secret lovers, your mother’s lovers, your known lovers.”

“Oh, and we’ve got big-name presenters from Bernie Sanders to Chelsea Manning” the video continues. “We’re going against a Goliath, so we definitely need your help.”

After being on YouTube for only an hour, the video had gained over four thousand views and over a thousand likes.

(Screenshot, YouTube)
(Screenshot, YouTube)

Shortly after the introduction video, the Institute released its first Prager-style video entitled, “Is Big Government Really the Problem?” Presenter Briahna Joy Gray argues that it is not the size of government that is the problem but the impact on public policy of corporations, rich people, and lobbyists. This video had 15,000 views after its first two hours.

PragerU’s Twitter page responded to Gravel’s video, “Help us reach more young people with our videos! Donate today:”

To which, Gravel responded “Shut the f**k up.”

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