Joe Rogan Should Not Have Addressed Spotify Controversy

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After Spotify announced it would add a disclaimer to the Joe Rogan podcasts that discuss COVID-19, Rogan posted a 10-minute video response on social media.

It all began when once notable rocker Neil Young sparked a new round of backlash, accusing Rogan of peddling misinformation about COVID-19. Young told Spotify that in order to keep his music, it must censor Rogan’s podcast. Spotify refused to comply, so Young removed his playlist from its service last week.

On Sunday, Rogan weighed in.

Rogan began by refuting claims he spreads “dangerous misinformation” on the Joe Rogan Experience:

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. Like, for instance, eight months ago, if you said, “If you get vaccinated, you can still catch COVID and you can still spread COVID,” you’d be removed from social media, they would they would ban you from certain platforms. Now, that’s accepted as fact. 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. If you said “I think it’s possible that COVID-19 came from a lab,” you’d be banned from many social media platforms. Now that’s on the cover of Newsweek. All of those theories that at one point in time were banned, were openly discussed by those two men that I had on my podcast that had been accused of dangerous misinformation.

Rogan says he posted the video because “a lot of people have a distorted perception of what I do, maybe based on sound bites or based on headlines of articles that are disparaging.”

JRE features Rogan and his guests speaking, often for hours, in an unscripted format. From there, woke Twitter accounts clip 20 seconds of an episode without context, trying to frame him as a peddler of misinformation. Rogan fact-checks himself and often admits his errors on-air. Yet those admissions never make the write-ups on NPR.

So while Rogan is certainly not always correct in his commentary, the bloggers are the ones who truly deceive viewers.

Rogan should have not addressed this outcry at all. Acknowledging the woke’s calls for censorship gives them clout and a purpose. Meanwhile, nothing hurts them more than being ignored, which exposes the limited extent of their reach.

Why would Rogan give them that light?

Anyway, Rogan concludes that he is fine with Spotify’s decision to add a disclaimer to his episodes and suggests he could change his guest list moving forward.

“I’m going to do my best, in the future, to balance things out…I’m going to do my best,” Rogan says. “But my point of doing this, always, is just to create interesting conversations and ones that I hope people enjoy.”

Don’t give in, Joe.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. I thought the same thing. And by the way, if we’re passing out “disclaimers” on all Covid commentary we ought to slap some on Fauci, the CDC, and mainstream media’s regurgitation of it all first. They have been the ones primarily guilty of spreading the incorrect and misleading information to date.

  2. His show, by its existence, balances out the mainstream narrative already. He doesn’t really need to balance all possible angles; it will lead to some boring, uninteresting shows. Who needs Gupta telling you, for example, that you to get vaccinated or you are bad person. If we wanted more balance, rather than thoughtful MSM counter-narratives we could watch CNN(Yuck).

  3. Joe Rogan bitched out and apologized because forces bigger than him.told him to STFU. All that bluster and tough talk from Maga Qnon types don’t mean shit when money is involved. Ask Nascar and the non Go Brandon Sponsored car….ijmfs

  4. We shouldn’t hate on Joe Rogan because first and foremost he’s a nice guy. It hurts him that people genuinely believe he’s causing harm. Is he actually causing harm? Of course not. He’s done more good than the entire corporate media put together in opening people’s minds and exploring actual rational discussion, but he’s still a human, and a caring and liberal human, so it hurts him that people truly believe he’s hurting others. Would he have been better to ignore this nonsense? Of course, but he wouldn’t be Joe Rogan if he did…

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