Woke Spotify Employees Demanding Editorial Oversight Over Joe Rogan

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Some woke Spotify employees are demanding control over Joe Rogan’s podcast. Per Digital Music News, the fear-driven staffers want editing oversight before each episode goes live. The request includes content flags, trigger warnings, references to fact-checked information, and the option to block an episode from publication.

Employees have held more than ten meetings to discuss the changes. Company CEO, Daniel Ek, is pushing back at the demands and wants to continue as is.

Last week, Rogan’s podcast caught fire when he claimed: “left-wing people” were arrested for “lighting forest fires in Portland. Rogan then retracted:

“I need to make an apology,” Rogan said on social media. “I said something on the podcast with Douglas Murray about people getting arrested for lighting fires, and I got duped. It’s wrong.”

Rogan’s $100 million deal with Spotify is off to a bad start. In addition to this nonsense, multiple popular JRE episodes were left off Spotify’s migration. Most notably, Rogan’s conversations with Alex Jones; Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes missed the cut, too.

What’s more, the product on Spotify is a mess. Oftentimes, the podcast won’t play on the app — blaming “location” issues. Later this year, JRE moves exclusively to Spotify. It the glitches remain, this agreement will be a disaster. (To his fans, of course; Rogan made $100 million.)

Joe Rogan was brought to Spotify to be Joe Rogan. It’s absurd for any employee to think a controlled version is reasonable. Rogan’s appeal is that he’s fearless, interested, and independent; three threats to mainstream media. He doesn’t bow to the mob. Rogan invites the canceled on for hours.

Good luck to Joe Rogan’s nameless colleagues (???).

Written by Bobby Burack

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  1. I’m a Rogan fan. I don’t agree with everything he says, but that’s part of life. There are VERY few people who have enough gravitas to do and say anything on a media platform. At this point, Rogan has as much free reign on his program as Limbaugh, Clay and Jason.

  2. Mkay, well there was a BLM supporter who did get arrested for suspected arson. So he wasn’t off base – the only thing he said that was ‘wrong’ was using plural and said ‘activists’. Not a big deal, unless you’re a piece of shit Woke Brigade type that thinks Rogan is far-alt-right or whatever the fuck they call anybody right of Mao. Anybody that thinks Rogan is right-wing, is doing nothing but exposing just how far-LEFT THEY are.

  3. The question here is whether Rogan through his agent/legal team negotiated full creative control of his content in his Spotify contract. If he did, the demands of the employees are a moot point. However, given that certain episodes were removed and that he has already been forced to issue an apology, plus Spotify’s CEO hasn’t immediately shut down any employee demands. This suggests that full creative control was not fully fleshed out or otherwise included in a way to allow Rogan to continue as he has before.

    If so, then expect this to continue and for Rogan to slowly alter his content to fit within the contractual guidelines. All of which will be a negative. Time will tell.

  4. It’s like Clay always says.. ‘people tend to think like employees and not owners’ (paraphrasing). If you want to run a successful business why would you tinker with a proven commodity. The podcast is already wildly popular (the most subscribed to?) and they want to edit/censor? What kind of fucking sense does that make? haha

  5. Even if you’re factually correct they’ll block or hinder you if it doesn’t line up with their perspective Snopes, PolitiFact, and other “fact checker” sites often referenced by woke sites are in themselves partisan, conveniently selective with sources, and in need of fact checking. The question always will be “who’s fact checking the fact checkers?” They’re just propaganda wings of the same machine. Let’s cut to the chase: People who silence speech like the Spotify cancel culture are patently dangerous to America.

  6. We’ll see, but so far it’s a shit show for his move.

    1) The studio…OMG, what is anyone thinking? It’s horrible. It looks like a poorly lit CGI green screen set up with a dumb-looking background and lighting that makes him look like a tomato. Seriously, it’s the worst.
    2) Not having all of his episodes? Don’t understand it, still.
    3) Already apologized for something that he didn’t need to apologize for.
    4) Spotify already trying to take away editorial control. How long until Ek caves?

    Look, Matt and Trey were free speech TITANS for about 10 years. Then they were still pretty good for the next 5-6. They farted around for another couple and now they are neutered or 1/2 woke.

    Matt and Trey going even partially woke like they clearly have? That’s one of the horsemen of the free speech apocalypse.

    • In regards to #2, he and Alex Jones have said that he personally selected his favorite 150 or so episodes that will be exclusively posted to YouTube, and won’t be brought over to Spotify. And it just so happens his favorite and most successful ones have really smart conservatives and centrists, and our top national treasure Alex Jones as the guests. I wonder if the one with Tim Pool destroying Jack Dorsey and his top lawyer is on there.

  7. Wow, didn’t see this coming (eye roll)… don’t always agree with Joe’s views, but he’s an open minded free speech advocate, so we’re good. I had downloaded the app in anticipation of his move, immediately dumped it when I read that certain episodes had been left out. $100MM is coming with strings attached and he had to know that, or should have. If you’re ok with that, great. If not, you gotta’ walk.

  8. The great thing about Joe is that he is who he is… He tells it like it is without being obnoxious, rude or holy’ier than thou, the best attribute you could ask for these days. He’s not FAR RIGHT or FAR LEFT which allows his listeners to like him for being him. Others should take such a stance, the country would be much more informed that way. Do not try to change him or push him one direction or the other, allow him to do his thing.

    He is so great to listen to, and I know I’m not alone in my feelings around Joe. Leave him the hell alone!!!

    We love ya Joe!

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