‘Is Francesca a COMMUNIST?’ Newsbroke Q&A


Hey everyone! This week we are not doing
a regular episode, instead we’re gonna answer your questions! Because we asked
you to ask us anything. So I’m joined by my producers and writers and we’re gonna
answer your burning questions, like “How come Francesca doesn’t have her own late
night show?” and “Is Francesca a full-blown communist?” Answers to those questions and more right after this amazingly obnoxious intro song. Hi, I’m Kate,
I’m the lead producer of Newsbroke. I’m Jesse, I’m a producer, I write jokes, I
direct sometimes. I’m Matt Lieb, I’m a host, producer and comedy writer. I help write, research, edit, report, direct. If you’ve written to us, it’s probably me
who’s written you back … so … surprise! [off-camera laughter] Also, I’ve been told that I chew very loudly
at my desk because I like to chew with my mouth open because I can’t breathe out of my nose. Doesn’t keep them from laughing at me. [off-camera laughter] I also, um, cheer up everyone by playing the recorder around the office, right guys?! [plays recorder] “Careless Whisper.” [off-camera laughter] I don’t know! Call my managers! When in doubt, blame the algorithm. The algorithm is the reason
why we can’t get a late night show and also, funnily enough, responsible for the
meth epidemic in Appalachia. The answer to the question
“Where’s Francesca” which I get pretty much every time I do
a video, uh … doing something, else all right? Otherwise I wouldn’t be hosting.
Sometimes she got other things to do and she calls on old Matty Lieby Boy to step
in, and I’m here and I would like you to be present with me when I am here. Yeah, we had a super long list. We had ‘SPLAINT, we had NO FILTER YES WE CAN’T EVEN … TRAGEDY PLUS TIME I really liked … My favorite names honestly
were MINOR MELTDOWN … I also liked WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE. If I was here when they
were deciding I would have gone with NEWS BLUES CLUES. My absolute favorite was LOL-JAZEERA. I to this day maintain that that would have been the best name
for Newsbroke. “Welcome to Lol-Jazeera!!!! Hahah! In Syria today …” [off-camera laughter] So yeah, we took the “News broke” sentence and we we put it together into one word — Newsbeoke! Also it kind of implies that you know, it’s news and it’s broken, like
weird … Thank you so much, Mike! So for the camerawork and lighting, we have an
awesome studio crew. We have Hugo Lopez who’s behind the camera right now, and we also have in the control room, Christine LaMonaca. And they’re great. Our research process is insane. We all collectively create a document that’s about 30 pages
long. We cross-reference our news sources and information with other news sources
and other academic articles. Recorder break! [plays “Take on Me” by A-Ha] We start refining the angle that
we want to take on the piece, based on the information that we’ve found so far. I usually take the first stab at every script, I write about 75 to 80% of
every episode. Lunch break, I hear there’s a good grilled cheese place nearby … what is camembert? I don’t know, I like new things, I’m gonna get that … My awesome
team helps us take it all the way and helps, you know, punch up the jokes, helps
fact check, make sure everything makes sense and it wasn’t just like a Franny
brain fart, that just, you know, PLAH. [plays “Ironic” on the recorder] And then I sit for about 12 hours and
just squeeze it all in like, like intellectual Spanx [off-camera laughter] and we just squeeze the
information into a … just a tight 10 minutes …. sometimes 11 minute piece. It’s a lot of work, but because this team is so great and tight-knit, we make every piece BLAT! [more recorder] And then I tell them “great job” and I make sure they’ve each gotten their
snacks, and I make sure they’ve got the right amount of light and food and water, and I just close up the cage. One of my favorite
pieces that I got to research individually was our “No Lives Matter To The Pro-Life Movement” video. Also, I got to write a really funny parody song for
that one. “It’s the circle of pro-life.” Anytime I get to do music, I like it. Right guys? Where’s my recorder?! [off-camera] DON’T. I really like the piece that we did
about fake news and we sort of found these hilarious little moments of fake
newsery and weird shadow accounts and YouTube accounts trying to fake
Americans into basically not voting for Hillary Clinton. “That was the thing about
YouTubers like Williams and Calvin, whose account was pulled from Facebook in
August for being tied to Russian propaganda. I am probably the most
proud, in terms of one of my pieces, of “The White Genocide” piece, mostly because we were able to uncover a bunch of different dog whistles. “I’ve decided
to blow the whistle on these dog whistles with my very own Dog Whistle Whistle. [whistles] I like any piece that makes the connection between social and economic
justice. Media doesn’t really discuss how stagnating minimum-wage exacerbates
xenophobia, or that not pricing environmental costs disproportionately
affects marginalized groups, or that dynastic, classist inbreeding creates
people with almost fluorescently orange skin and abnormally tiny hands. And I also love the George Soros piece because I got to do my “EXPOSED” voice. “Exposed! Soros is a neo-nazi!” We have pitch sessions just like any newsroom, we’ll get together and
we’ll throw out ideas. We also will respond to the news that week, and will
spring into action, like we did, let’s say around the Puerto Rico piece that we did. We thought, “Is this still gonna be a story in a week?” and guess what? It’s still a stories six months later. Because we’re a weekly show, we tend to do pieces
that are a little more evergreen, so they live on later than just the week that
they happened. And also I think it’s probably for the best that we’re not
always covering what the crazy thing that President Trump just said, because I
think we would all go crazy. Well, I do actually run screaming. That’s why I got a treadmill desk, so I can not stop working while I
do that. [LOUD SCREAMING] I do a lot of sit-screaming. You know, I’m just like: AUGH! AH! I do scream. I scream inside. I scream with my eyes. It’s called “screysing.” Check it out. It’s because it’s an incredible amount of production work and we’re a team of only four people and we can’t really justify to our company — Al Jazeera — that we need to, like, rent a bobcat for an afternoon … We take what we
can get, and we love these monologues and we loved our sketches too … ideally we’d do
them all the time, but you know … get us a deal. Get us an HBO deal! That’s actually a really good question. It’s one of my absolute favorite sketches that
we’ve ever done. “You can get White Noise on two CDs or two cassettes for only $19.39! So order it now and help establish the White European ethnostate we’ve
always dreamed of.” “Wait, what?!” “Hahaha, CHECK IT OUTTT!” And it was funny until Donald Trump actually won the election,
and then the alt-right came to power. And now, it’s too real. It’s just way too real. So we probably won’t make another one. I like my politics
like I like my food, like a variation. I’m a political omnivore. You know, like, I’m an anti-capitalist but I love Nordstrom Rack. Aw. The best way to be friends with me and Francesca is to come to one
of our live comedy shows. Go onto our websites, check out our calendars, and, you know, come say hi after a show. You should do that. I would say that you should get more news, not less. Branch out a lot. Go to the BBC and New York Times, but go to also smaller sources like The
Intercept and Democracy Now. In order to follow a bunch of news sites, what I do
is I have an RSS feed, just a little pro-tip, I use Feedly, I love it, I put all of
my favorite news channels and outlets into that, they have an app. It’s a lot. It’s a lot,
but if you really want to stay informed, you have to read a wide swath
of reporting. I dunno, I have the best job ever, I get to work with
hilarious and super-duper smart people. Francesca is an amazing reporter and
journalist … Matt and Jesse are also here. [off-camera laughter] I love working with Francesca, she’s — [Matt: Francesca is God!] Francesca’s not intimidating whatsoever, so it’s really great because … totally not
intimidating …. [FRANCESCA: Do it again like you mean it!!] Ok I’m sorry! They are the funniest people, like, we
just laugh all the time in the office. I really like joke writing, that’s
kind of what I do a lot. I’m super into politics, so you kinda, you put those
together then it’s kind of the perfect job for me. I enjoy that we have the
ability to respond directly to this insane news cycle that we’ve been put
through for the last two years. It’s kind of a dream job. Except for within a nightmare It’s a dream job within a nightmare. NO! Nooooo! And for those of you who are wondering how I got so orange for the Oompa Loompa joke
that we did in our last video, that was thanks to our amazing animator
Marisa Cruz, who crushes it every single week. Also there’s an entire team of
animators, we shout them out after every single video. But she made me orange. And
I did not like it. The other person that we haven’t mentioned is our editor Holly
Gibson, who is such a doll every week as we sit behind her, and whisper little cuts in her ear like oh … oh what about …. but do it… As always thank you
for watching Newsbroke. Again follow me @franifio on Twitter. Follow me on
Twitter @Lieb123456789, literally the worst
handle on Twitter to be verified with a blue checkmark, no big deal. I’m on Twitter, but I’m not … so like, tell me how to work Twitter. @JesseFernandez! And be sure to subscribe to Newsbroke on YouTube right now. Like, subscribe, just smash that subscribe button. Give us a five star review if you’re on Facebook! You guys are the best, we
love our community out there.




Comments
  1. Couple things. Love the show. I love that it is thoroughly researched. Second please don't blow an actual whistle into the microphone like ever again…it was actually physically painful and it literally made me want to unsubscribe…finally what made me want to unsubscribe MORE was the recorder. Even though I recognized Alanis Morissette it still triggered my misophonia worse than a kid eating grapenuts with his mouth gaping open. So…more news less whistles and recorder noises because it makes me want to do violence…and that's just not me…

    LOVE THE SHOW!

    hate whistles and recorder noises.

    Thanks!

  2. I liked this meet and greet. FYI, please don't let Francesca do the scrying eyes again, ever. Good job.

  3. How does a channel that averages less than ten thousand view per video afford such a large full time staff?

  4. Love Francesca even if she hates capitalism. She's an amazing woman. Newsbroke is a great show, you can tell the huge effort the team puts into making this videos. Keep it up

  5. Americans are so stupid they don't know the true meaning of communism or socialism…they just know others have called it bad…

  6. Ew. She for real for real DEFENDED voting for a PROVEN disgusting War Criminal such as HRC™???

    After her and her friends asses all got leaked about by Seth Rich stealing emails and then sending them to Julian???

    For real?? That's why you don't got as many viewers as RT or Jimmy Dore Show.

    Cuz you stand for absolutely nothing, only money. Pigs. 🐖 👮

  7. i love you guys and your content so much! thank you for all the work that you put into every video <3

  8. When will people stop thinking that there is such thing as "capitalism with a little bit of socialism in it". LOL. Such thing is welfare capitalism that has been politically supported by Western Social Democracies and by Conservatives (in Europe). But today is less so. Because of capitalist dynamics and contradictions. You can't simply have a little bit of socialism in capitalist economy. It would be just social public services that state pays for via capitalist economy.

  9. Kate, your Recorder version of "Take On Me" was almost on point, but keep up the great practice around the office. You'll get there!

  10. Francesca, you didn't answer if you really are or not! But I get it, things are so polarized that if you are a little progressive people instantly label you as a communist. Anyway, loved the staff! Matt, you're the spitting image of a really good friend of mine, so I wasn't so pissed when I first saw you instead of Francesca (although, you know… Sorry but I would prefer to see her lol).
    I just deleted my facebook account but I gotta say it again, best Oompa Loompa ever!
    I'll continue seeing you here, keep up the good work! (And you should definitely change your name to Lol-Jazeera!).

  11. Love to see how cleverly you help people handle the absurdity of US politics with the best of weapons which is humour. I hope to see your show going ultrafamous one day.
    God bless*
    <3

  12. Newsbroke is kinda like a guilty pleasure. I know I shouldn't be supportive of partisan politics, but you guys just hit the idiots on the other side the right way. Sometimes it feels good to hear other people point out the really, really stupid things the Right and especially Alt-Right do each week. A good laugh gives you energy to re-engage in discussions with those you disagree with.

  13. I'm not saying Francesca's a Communist,but in Cuba they called her,"Francesca Roja",just sayin' 🙂

  14. Fran and friends
    You are not funny
    Stop the pain
    Please 😐
    Just Close your channel!
    For the love of humanity
    Just quit
    A new fresh start
    Thanks guys
    God bless

  15. Yay! I worked for AJ at Current TV fitting out one of the SF studios. In fact your background looks suspiciously familiar. Must be their corporate look.

  16. fake ass background laughs… this page and your ideas are vile. and evil. keep promoting socialism dummies… YOU WILL LOSE.

  17. Watches Newsbroke
    Soviet Union National Anthem plays in the background
    Viewer grows cool mustache
    Viewer salutes with tears in his eyes
    Realizes that Newsbroke isn't communist
    Sends myself to Gulag

  18. Wow. Where have you been all my life. Your commentaries are absolutely amazing. I can't believe I've been missing your feed. I have subscribe now and have a lot of catching up to do. Your program rocks!
    B☮️

  19. Hey honey there’s plenty of socialist countries why are you not in one?Oh yea you probably don’t want to wait in lines for unobtainable tampons and female niceties.

  20. I just found out your channel is stopping. Just when I spend most of my evening binch watching your shows. I find them really great and I'm a bit sad to see it go.

  21. The answer to the title was very disappointing, like have you read any economic theory?

    Capitalism is like people who call themselves "omnivores" asshats who exploit and murder animals, socialists are like Vegans, actually non-delusional humans trying to find a democratic way to exist without exploiting and murdering each other, a combination of the two is "just a little murder and exploitation" which while probably reflects most people in the West who live on modern economic slavery, resource war genocides and Capital manipulation while thinking they are in any way "woke" is insanely delusional.

  22. Democracy is a method of gaining the majority. Socialism is a method of controlling the majority. Francesca is basically a Bolshevik-Revolutionist.

  23. Damn!! It takes this many people to make such an unfunny show? Damn!!! (Oh I said that already. – see how that’s NOT funny? Exactly!!)

  24. USSR form of Communism wasn't Communism, it was state capitalism and totalitarianism, North Korea and China dictatorships, that also engage in state capitalism. None of the so called socialists countries were ever socialist, they had state capitalism.

  25. You are what Phillip Defranco should be. I know he always want to be neutral, but neutral is just someone who is walking on the fence and end up nobody listening.

  26. If you guys really think that the things you said throughout this video makes you look like capable and intelligent news, then by all means carry on.

  27. Heeee, an Italian name just like that of the Communist/socialist Mussolini.
    Well, another socialist successtory or wasn't it ??

  28. Francesca is the whole package, professionally speaking (OK, she's a cutie-pie too…not trying to be sexist).

    But hide that recorder in the name of sanity!!

  29. I literally JUST discovered this channel 18 hrs ago and I've been watching it non stop. And I have seen "good-bye/NB ending" videos that I still REFUSE to watch. So I want to say how does this 10x better than other polical shows have only 52k subs, and ENDED???

  30. Francesca once farted and it was more intelligent then her. Francesca Fiorentini = Nazi. Francesca = Racist. Newsbroke sure is broke alright. No one listens to this drivel. And please Francesca get a nose job now!!

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