Joe Rogan weighed in publicly on Instagram after Neil Young and Joni Mitchell called for Spotify to pull their music from the platform unless they censor the podcaster.
Rogan said that he harbors no hard feelings and said that he’s a fan of both Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
Rogan didn’t mention the whiny Sussexes.
In a nearly 10-minute video posted to Instagram, Rogan expressed his surprise at the controversy.
“I’m not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial,” he insisted of his record-breaking podcast that feels like “some out-of-control juggernaut that I barely have control of.”
“I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations,” he said of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which “started off is just f–king around with my friends.”
He also says that he supports the move by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s announcement that the streaming platform will add a content advisory on podcasts that discuss COVID-19. The move would direct listeners to a “dedicated COVID-19 Hub “that “provides easy access to data-driven facts, up-to-date information as shared by scientists, physicians, academics and public health authorities around the world, as well as links to trusted sources.”
Rogan called the move “very important” and said, “Sure, have that on there. I’m very happy with that.”
He acknowledged that the main controversy surrounded two of his episodes — one with Dr. Peter McCullough of Texas A&M College of Medicine who is a cardiologist and epidemiologist and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and the other with Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist and immunologist who helped develop the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Still, he justified talking to the two guests who have led to his podcast being accused of “spreading dangerous misinformation,” noting they were “very highly credentialed, very intelligent, very accomplished people.”
“The problem I have with the term misinformation, especially today, is that many of the things that we thought of as misinformation just a short while ago are now accepted as fact,” he said.
“Eight months ago, if you said if you get vaccinated you can still catch COVID and you can still spread COVID — you will be removed from social media … Now, that’s accepted as fact,” he said.
“If you said ‘I don’t think cloth masks work’ you would be banned from social media. Now that’s openly and repeatedly stated on CNN.
As a prime example of the reason that Rogan questions the definition of “misinformation”, here is a short clip of Rachel Maddow taken from March 2021 that is typical of what was pervasive in Corporate Media after vaccines were deemed “safe” once Biden was elected.
Let’s go back in time to 3/29/21
“No we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person… The virus does not infect them…It cannot use a vaccinated person as a host to get more people.” pic.twitter.com/kwsDIPYl2E
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) December 26, 2021
The same goes for cloth masks, the 6 feet of “social distancing” that Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner turned Pfizer board member, admits was “arbitrary.” Now, studies on natural immunity have shown that it lasts two years in some cases and we may have wasted a number of vaccine doses on people who really didn’t need it. But the “expert consensus” must prevail even if it’s been shown to have never been correct in the first place.
Rogan pointed out that he’s had doctors on his show who vehemently disagree with Dr. McCullough and Dr. Malone. Two that he mentioned were CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board.
This is the appeal of Rogan’s podcast that his listeners understand but those who don’t listen do not — he holds long-form interviews where he asks pointed questions to a wide variety of people and lets his listeners decide. For many voices that question the consensus, this is one of the few places that
Still, Rogan, who constantly says on his podcast that he’s no expert pledged to his listeners that he’s going to bring on different opinions.
“I think if there’s anything that I’ve done, that I could do better is have more experts with differing opinions right after I have the controversial ones. I would most certainly be open to doing that,” he said.
Rogan’s Instagram video is here:
Here it is on Rumble video:
It’s a bit unfortunate that Rogan will now be giving yet another platform to the consensus that has consistently been wrong while simultaneously insisting that they’re the only ones that are right. *cough*Fauci*cough*
Of course, Rogan doesn’t just seek out dissenters and the “fringe minority” views — although he does want to have the conversations that people can’t seem to have.
The entire world needs more of this and kudos to Rogan for doing it.