January 25th, 2010
01:01 PM ET
10 years ago

On YouTube, Congressional Republicans dominate Democrats

Washington (CNN) - One year has passed since President Barack Obama took office promising a new era transparency in government using technology, including social networks. And while the White House's official YouTube page has received 21 million video views and close to 100,000 subscribers, Republicans in the House and Senate are dominating use of the site.

There are 430 members of Congress who have also started YouTube channels, but Republicans have been more active than Democrats.

Steve Grove, who heads up "News and Politics" at YouTube, wrote on a blog last week: "Though the Democrats captured the majority of the seats in Congress, 89 percent of Republicans have channels, compared to just 74 percent of Democrats. Eight of the top 10 most-viewed and most-subscribed YouTube channels in Congress are from the GOP."

The top 10 most-subscribed-to YouTube channels on Capitol Hill, in order from most to least: Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California; House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Virginia, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota; House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina; and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Michigan.

Rogers leads the list of the top 10 most-viewed YouTube channels in Congress. He is followed by Grayson; Pelosi; Forbes; Cantor; Boehner; Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia; Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Illinois; Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska; and Paul.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    HUH? They actually learned how to use the internet? YEE HAW!!!!!

    January 25, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama has been as transparent as mud! How about your failed promise of posting bills online 48 hours prior to voting on them! How about doing away with no bid contracts? New report out today shows that the liar in chief campaigned to do away with this practice and yet on Jan. 4th, awarded a $25 million contract to Checci & Company Consulting, a longtime supporter for work in Afghanistan. Obama campaigned that:
    "I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all," the senator told a Grand Rapids audience on Oct. 2. "The days of sweetheart deals for Halliburton will be over when I'm in the White House."
    Those remarks echoed an earlier occasion, during a candidates' debate in Austin, Texas on Feb. 21, when Mr. Obama vowed to upgrade the government's online databases listing federal contracts.
    "If (the American people) see a bridge to nowhere being built, they know where it's going and who sponsored it," he said to audience laughter, "and if they see a no-bid contract going to Halliburton, they can check that out too."
    I know all Presidents do this but the hypocrisy from Obama and his supporters when Bush did it is overwhelming! If you plan to do it, than do not campaign that you will stop the practice!!

    January 25, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, that would explain why there is no work getting done by Republicans. They are busy leaving videos on YouTube. Why don't they bother to read or write policy papers? Why don't they talk to their colleagues from across the way instead of doing this?

    January 25, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Spreading of the propaganda, far and wide. Not much truth, not much candidness, but lots of propaganda.

    If you really want to use that media, how about posting the voting records, for all bills that have been voted on?

    Then, the citizens can at least evaluate how much you are.....or are not.....doing for the citizens.

    January 25, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Colleen

    Thats only because the GOP ones are so funny, if they wern't so tragic

    January 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    The "Loud Mouths" - it figures.

    You'd think ole "Suntan Boner" and "Erika Cantora" and the rest of the lot would be spending more time doing congressional work.

    But hey... What's a Republican if not a loud-mouthed hippocrit?

    January 25, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "but Republicans have been more active than Democrats."

    That's because Dems are busy trying to pass legislation while the GOPers are busy doing nothing but engaging in demogoguery to obstruct it. It's pretty easy to get on YouTube and blather like a moron if you're not busy putting together counter proposals or proposed amendments because you have no intention of working with the other side or voting for anything they propose no matter what it says.

    January 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Edna

    And this is news? Why?

    January 25, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. lisa

    However more Dems repliy to videos.

    January 25, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |