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Joe Rogan makes headlines almost daily on topics that only he has the spine to discuss. Thursday, the headlines came from a rather surprising subject. Rogan didn’t make waves on the vaccine, race, sex, taxes, the justice system, or smoking weed. He dived into — wait for it — Brian Stelter, CNN’s media reporter.
Rogan smashed Stelter pretty hard, referring to a segment on CNN in which Stelter discussed the popularity of podcasters and YouTubers.
I do not recall this segment, but Rogan does.
“This is because the market has spoken and your show’s fucking terrible,” Rogan said about Stelter’s weekly program. “Brian Stelter’s show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings. Same with [Don] Lemon’s. It’s the same thing. Everybody knows they’re not real. They’re not real humans.”
Love the shot at Lemon. That guy is dishonest and doesn’t have anything interesting to say.
After a brief pause, Rogan slammed Stelter some more:
“How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary saying, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’ Like, hey motherfucker, you’re supposed to be a journalist.
To be fair, as great as this segment is, Stelter’s ratings are not much of a story. Yes, they are down 57 percent overall since January. However, all of CNN is down significantly. The entire network has questions to answer.
That said, the rest of Rogan’s rant is spot-on.
Those on CNN and other networks like it are down because they don’t come across as independent, relatable or reasonable human beings. By and large, cable news hosts on CNN and MSNBC are interchangeable bots who spread the same talking points and emotions. There’s no independence. On TV, they are not individuals. They are soldiers for cowardly execs who are trying to hold onto their jobs by avoiding baseless labels from the New York Times and Media Matters. That’s pathetic.
The rise of independent media is a direct result of major media companies programming for their critics, not for their viewers. This failure from the national media led consumers to Joe Rogan, Dave Portnoy, Ben Shapiro, Dan Bongino, Steven Crowder, Pardon My Take, OutKick, Substack, and Tim Pool.
Joe Rogan happens to sit atop that list. He answers to no one. Viewers see that. They see a person, not a pawn.