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David Joshua Rubin (born June 26, 1976)[1] is an American libertarian political commentator, YouTube personality and talk show host. He is the creator and host of The Rubin Report, a political talk show on YouTube and formerly part of The Young Turks Network[2] and Ora TV.[3] He previously hosted The Ben and Dave Show and The Six Pack.[4]

Dave Rubin
Dave Rubin during a live Rubin Report taping at Politicon in Los Angeles, October 2015..png
Rubin during a taping of The Rubin Report at Politicon in 2015.
Born
David Joshua Rubin

(1976-06-26) June 26, 1976 (age 43)
ResidenceSherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Alma materBinghamton University
OccupationComedian, talk show host, blogger, radio personality, television personality, YouTube personality
Years active1998–present
Known forThe Rubin Report
The Six Pack
Spouse(s)
David Janet (m. 2015)

Rubin is generally considered a Libertarian, although he self-identifies as a classical liberal.[5][6] The Rubin Report has been criticized for providing a platform for controversial right-wing figures.[7][8] As of May 2019, The Rubin Report YouTube channel had more than 150 million views.[9]

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Early life

David Joshua Rubin was born on June 26, 1976, in Brooklyn, New York, New York. He grew up in a "fairly secular Jewish household on Long Island".[10] He spent his adolescence in Syosset, New York and then resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, New York for 13 years.[11]

In 1994, Rubin graduated from Syosset High School. In 1998, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Binghamton University in Vestal, New York.[12]

Comedy

In 1998, Rubin started his career in comedy doing stand-up and attending open-mics in New York City. In 1999, he became an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[13]

 
Rubin in 2012

In 2000, Rubin continued his career at the New York-based Comedy Cellar.[14] Later that year he joined with other Comedy Cellar comedians to create a public-access television series, a news program parody called The Anti-Show which was secretly filmed at NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza.[15]

In 2002, he co-founded several New York City-based comedy clubs including Joe Franklin's Comedy Club and The Comedy Company in Times Square where he continued to do stand-up until 2007.[11]

He was the host of the podcasts, Hot Gay Comics and The Ben and Dave Show, which were turned into a television series on the here! television network.[16] In May 2009, Rubin co-created and co-hosted the podcast The Six Pack.[17] From October 2011 to December 2012, The Six Pack was on Sirius XM Radio as a live talk show.[18] While a part of Sirius XM, Rubin created his own account on YouTube called Rubin Report in early September 2012.

In 2013, Rubin was nominated by LA Weekly for a "Funniest Twitter" award.[19][20] His comedic and political tweets have been mentioned in Time,[21] Politico,[22] and Salon.[23]

Political commentary

Rubin is characterized by some as libertarian.[5][6][24][25] Rubin describes himself as a classical liberal, which he has said basically amounts to conservatism or libertarianism.[8][26] Rubin characterizes himself as a liberal because he favors same-sex marriage, criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, a social safety net and public schooling, as well as conditionally supports abortion.[8] In 2017, he starred in a video by the conservative YouTube channel PragerU where he explained "Why I Left the Left".[8] He has characterized progressivism as a "mental disorder."[8]

He voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, in the 2016 presidential election.[27] Rubin frequently appears as a speaker at events hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization.[8] Asked in July 2017 about Trump policies he disagreed with, Rubin criticized his use of executive orders but did not offer critiques of any other specific Trump policies. Asked in January 2018 about what he disagreed with on the right, Rubin said there was "a bit of a religious tone with the right" but did not offer other disagreements.[8] According to The Daily Beast, "by mostly eschewing details on economic issues and offering sometimes contradictory views on health care, it’s hard to know where Rubin actually stands on actual policies."[8]

He has lauded the alt-right for its "shitposting, fun, call out the bullshit, mock-the-power thing", and criticized the left, saying, "there’s nothing funny coming out on the left now… They’re a bunch of preachy little bitches right now. The left is crumbling… you know where the funny stuff is coming? It’s coming out of the alt-right. That doesn’t mean I’m a Nazi."[8] He has characterized right wing figures Paul Joseph Watson, Stefan Molyneux and Mike Cernovich as part of the "center".[8] He characterized Katie Hopkins, a British provocateur as "extremely moderate" and said that he had heard nothing that suggested that she was a bigot; Hopkins had stirred controversy by calling for a "final solution" after the 2017 Islamist terrorist attack in Manchester Arena, and by comparing migrants to "a plague of feral humans" and cockroaches.[8]

A 2018 report from Data & Society described Rubin as part of a network on YouTube that amplified far-right politics. The report cited as an example an interview that Rubin conducted with Stefan Molyneux where Rubin asked Molyneux to elaborate on his views that races have different average IQ test results, and that these differences are genetic. Rubin did not challenge Molyneux in any substantial way, leading the report to conclude, "By letting him speak without providing a legitimate and robust counterargument, Rubin provides a free platform for white supremacist ideology on his channel."[7] Rubin has also been criticized for insufficiently pushing back on far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in a March 2016 interview.[8] Rubin has also interviewed a series of alt-right figures,[28][29][30][31][32] such as Paul Joseph Watson, Lauren Southern, Katie Hopkins, Tommy Robinson, and Brigitte Gabriel on The Rubin Report.[33] Rubin has appeared as a guest on InfoWars, a conspiracy website.[8]

The Rubin Report

In January 2013, Rubin joined The Young Turks, where he hosted the show The Rubin Report. He moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California.[34] On March 1, 2015, The Young Turks YouTube channel announced that Rubin would be moving to the media company RYOT. Shortly after, Larry King's Ora TV picked up the show which debuted on September 9, 2015.[3] He left Ora TV in 2016, opting to run The Rubin Report independently.[8] By May 2019, The Rubin Report YouTube channel had 200 million views.[9] By May 2018, he earned more than $30,000 per month on Patreon.[8]

The Rubin Report has an affiliation with the libertarian Institute for Humane Studies, which provides funding for the show.[8]

Rubin has described Larry King as a role model.[8]

Personal life

Rubin publicly came out as gay in 2006, which he has referred to as his "defining moment".[35][36] In December 2014, he became engaged to producer David Janet.[37] The couple married on August 27, 2015.[38] He is an agnostic.[39]

References

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  3. ^ a b Beatrice Verhoeven (2015-07-24). "Dave Rubin's 'Rubin Report' Joins Larry King's Ora TV (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  4. ^ Paul Hagen. "The Six Pack". Metrosource. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  5. ^ a b "YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
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  7. ^ a b Solon, Olivia (2018-09-18). "YouTube's 'alternative influence network' breeds rightwing radicalisation, report finds". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
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  9. ^ a b "How Dave Rubin 'Left the Left' And Built a Huge YouTube Channel". WrapPRO. 2019-05-23. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  10. ^ Rosen, Armin (June 20, 2016). "Dave Rubin, the Voice of Liberals Who Were Mugged by Progressives". Tablet. Retrieved: May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Josh Abraham. "Dave Rubin, Comedian". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2005-07-12.
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  16. ^ Wheat, Alynda (2008-03-14). "What to Watch". Entertainment Weekly.
  17. ^ Brent Hartinger. "Interview: The Six Pack". The Backlot. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
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  19. ^ Ali Trachta (2013-07-15). "L.A. Weekly Web Awards 2013: Time to Vote!". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
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  21. ^ Madison Gray (2012-06-28). "The 13 Best Tweets About The Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  22. ^ Patrick gavin. "Paul Ryan fishes for laughs with tweet". Politico. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  23. ^ Sarah Gray (2014-04-10). "Colbert replacing Letterman makes Twitter explode: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and more respond". Salon. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  24. ^ Bowles, Nellie (2018-12-24). "Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  25. ^ "The forever war of PewDiePie, YouTube's biggest creator". The Washington Post.
  26. ^ "Why the 'Classical Liberal' is Making a Comeback". Politico.
  27. ^ "Dave Rubin: Who I'm supporting for president". The Rubin Report. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  28. ^ "Alt-right editor challenges journalists to visit Sweden". BBC News. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. Paul Joseph Watson, the UK-based editor of far-right conspiracy website Infowars
  29. ^ O'Brien, Luke (30 May 2019). "Twitter Still Has A White Nationalist Problem". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2019. President Trump routinely violates Twitter policies against abuse and harassment, uses the service to whip up his racist followers and retweets white nationalists like Lauren Southern.
  30. ^ "This far-right online campaign has found an ally in the Trump administration". Media Matters. 16 July 2018.
  31. ^ Elgot, Jessica (16 June 2013). "EDL's Tommy Robinson Admits Real Name Is Stephen Yaxley, Was In BNP To Andrew Neil On Sunday Politics". The Huffington Post (UK). Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  32. ^ "Protests by an anti-Islamic alt-right group are moving online after Boston counterprotest". Newsweek. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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  36. ^ "Dave Rubin: Coming Out As Gay Was My 'Defining Moment'". Huffington Post. 2013-12-29. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  37. ^ "'Rubin Report' Host Reveals Some Very Big News". Huffington Post. 2014-12-23.
  38. ^ "Oh, we got married the other day. No Biggie". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  39. ^ LIVE: Dave is Back from 30 Days with No News, Internet, or Phone! Time stamp; 52:12 - 55:57, 58:18 -59:25

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