David Joshua Rubin (born June 26, 1976) 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 and Ora TV. He previously hosted The Ben and Dave Show and The Six Pack.
Rubin during a taping of The Rubin Report at Politicon in 2015.
David Joshua Rubin
June 26, 1976
|Residence||Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Binghamton University|
|Occupation||Comedian, talk show host, blogger, radio personality, television personality, YouTube personality|
|Known for||The Rubin Report|
The Six Pack
David Janet (m. 2015)
Rubin is generally considered a Libertarian, although he self-identifies as a classical liberal. The Rubin Report has been criticized for providing a platform for controversial right-wing figures. As of May 2019, The Rubin Report YouTube channel had more than 150 million views.
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". 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.
In 2000, Rubin continued his career at the New York-based Comedy Cellar. 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.
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. In May 2009, Rubin co-created and co-hosted the podcast The Six Pack. From October 2011 to December 2012, The Six Pack was on Sirius XM Radio as a live talk show. While a part of Sirius XM, Rubin created his own account on YouTube called Rubin Report in early September 2012.
Rubin is characterized by some as libertarian. Rubin describes himself as a classical liberal, which he has said basically amounts to conservatism or libertarianism. 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. In 2017, he starred in a video by the conservative YouTube channel PragerU where he explained "Why I Left the Left". He has characterized progressivism as a "mental disorder."
He voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, in the 2016 presidential election. Rubin frequently appears as a speaker at events hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization. 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. 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."
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." He has characterized right wing figures Paul Joseph Watson, Stefan Molyneux and Mike Cernovich as part of the "center". 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.
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." Rubin has also been criticized for insufficiently pushing back on far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in a March 2016 interview. Rubin has also interviewed a series of alt-right figures, such as Paul Joseph Watson, Lauren Southern, Katie Hopkins, Tommy Robinson, and Brigitte Gabriel on The Rubin Report. Rubin has appeared as a guest on InfoWars, a conspiracy website.
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. 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. He left Ora TV in 2016, opting to run The Rubin Report independently. By May 2019, The Rubin Report YouTube channel had 200 million views. By May 2018, he earned more than $30,000 per month on Patreon.
Rubin publicly came out as gay in 2006, which he has referred to as his "defining moment". In December 2014, he became engaged to producer David Janet. The couple married on August 27, 2015. He is an agnostic.
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