Correction: This piece previously incorrectly identified Pranay Somayajula as a female. It has since been corrected to identify Pranay as male.
As part of MSM Detox, I would like to introduce Pranay Somayajula. Pranay is the Editor-in-Chief at The Progressive Times and the former director of the Mirror For America project. A tireless organizer, and still in high school, Pranay got his start during the 2016 primary, phone banking for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) presidential campaign.
“I had never really cared about politics before, so when Bernie came along and made me realize my passion for social justice, I began to seek out various opportunities for me to engage myself politically. Towards the end of the campaign, I joined an organization called Grassroots Select as a writer, before moving to The Political Revolution as a writer in June.”
Pranay believes there is currently a role for mainstream media to play. “I know that some progressives balk at the idea of ‘establishment’ media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc. I see things slightly differently – name-brand news outlets, with their vast resources and huge followings, are crucial to the swift dissemination of sensitive information.”
But there are problems with the mainstream sources, as he explains, “The problem, and the main reason why so many people hate the media, is that outlets like CNN and others report with incredible bias while hiding behind a facade of ‘objective reporting,’ and so people ultimately lose trust in them.”
Pranay explains his goals as Editor-in-Chief of the organization. “We at The Progressive Times make no secret of our ideological convictions, hence the name, nor do we attempt to provide people with up-to-the-minute breaking news. Instead, we take the facts (the real ones, not the alternative ones) and analyze them from a progressive viewpoint, throwing in a healthy dose of source citation and fact-checking.”
When asked about the role of young people in the progressive movement, Pranay responds, “Young people must be the progressive movement. Of course, this is not to dismiss or belittle the significant contributions made by older progressives toward our common goal. Rather, the idea is that the ultimate goal of the progressive movement is a brighter future, and it is today’s youth who will ultimately inherit that future whether it is brighter or not.”
Pranay believes that young people are now, more than ever, a priority in this movement, and he’s right. Young people are the future and current leaders in the larger progressive movement. “We’re the ones who will inherit the fruits of the movement’s labor; it only makes sense that we must be in its vanguard.”