We have been writing about Dennis Prager’s ‘Prager University’ videos since the beginning of the project, and their success is undeniable.

Prager U. reaches millions of people with informative videos about politics, history and culture. Their outreach has become so effective that the left is now offering a version of their own.

Are you ready for the Gravel Institute? Mike Gravel is a far-left Democrat who served as a U.S. Senator in Alaska and ran for president in 2008.

Lucy Collins writes at CNS News:

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

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.”

Here’s their debut video. As Ms. Collins notes above, you may recognize the voice over. It’s actor H. Jon Benjamin, the voice of the main character on the animated series Bob’s Burgers.

If you paid close attention, you heard Benjamin say that the Gravel Institute is going to supposedly expose lies from Prager U. and offer a more truthful view of the subjects.

Oh and speaking of truth, you ought to know that Mike Gravel is an avid believer in the 9/11 truth movement, which espouses the theory that the attacks of September 11th were an inside job.

This is from Harry Cheadle of Vice in May of 2019:

Mike Gravel, the Online Left-Wing Sensation, Is Also a 9/11 Truther

“There’s no question in my mind that 9/11 was an inside job,” the 88-year-old said on a conspiracy theorist’s radio show in 2016.

When former US Senator Mike Gravel announced that he was considering joining the already jam-packed 2020 presidential field, it set a very particular corner of the online political world ablaze. The 88-year-old Alaskan is something of a legend (if an obscure one) in left-wing circles: In 1971, he read part of the Pentagon Papers, a leaked study of the Vietnam War, into the congressional record. Though he lost his Senate seat in 1980, he reemerged in national politics during the 2008 Democratic primary…

Gravel has spent a long time calling for a new investigation into the 9/11 attacks**,** and, less absurdly**,** condemning the war on terror. For instance, in 2008, he told Democracy Now, “90 percent of what the government does is held secret. It’s a whole cult. And that’s the thing that is really strangling our democracy, that we just don’t know what’s going on.”

In more recent years, he’s gone a lot further than that: “There’s no question in my mind that 9/11 was an inside job,” he said on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio in 2016. “We killed 58,000 American servicemen in the Vietnam War and all they did was die in vain. What’s so unusual about killing 3,000 more in order to develop the grist for the mill to empower into infinity the military industrial complex?”

I’m really looking forward to the Gravel Institute video about that.

It should be very entertaining.

 

 
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