The Message is a progressive media organization that covers the issues of the day. We seek to create content that initiates action, shapes the national conversation and changes the debate. Material on The Message will span a wide spectrum — from provocative and controversial to light-hearted and irreverent.
Our mission is borne out of increasing frustration with the the Democratic Party who too often sit back idly when attacked by Republicans and their backers. We are actively partnering with activists, artists, film makers and organizations to help change that.
By harnessing the creative talent and energy of the progressive community, we hope to create video content that appeals in particular to young people who are generally supportive of Democratic policy but too often are disaffected and apathetic.
The Republican party has excelled at rhetoric, turning the estate tax into the “death tax,” propping up companies that offshore labor as “job creators” and preying on ethnic and class fears. One of our goals will be to debunk this sort of thing in a way that exposes it for what it is: political doublespeak.
Most Americans support infrastructure investment, a fair tax code, action on the environment, smart policies on immigration, gun control and gay rights. And yet Democrats have been afraid of addressing these issues head on. We hope to turn them into wedge issues of our own.
In addition, we want to populate The Message with great stuff that’s already out there, but needs broader distribution. We are working to identify and showcase the most compelling and kinetic progressive videos made by others and work to expand their reach and amplify their volume. If you know of existing content that deserves attention or want to create new material, we’d love to see it!
The Message is led by an experienced and versatile team of veterans from the worlds of media and politics, including Cliff Chenfeld, entertainment entrepreneur, Eric Burns, former President of Media Matters, Michael Wolfson, co-founder of The Knot, and Andrew Zipern, a former New York Times journalist.