CBC Arts's end-of-year article listing things about that it hopes would "go away" for 2022 reserved its top spot for the world's largest podcaster.
The article, titled, "7 things about 2021 that we hope go away and never come back," lists off Margaret Atwood's "transphobia," NFTs, and the billionaire space race all as trends that should be left in the past, but Joe Rogan and his podcast earned a 500-word criticism from producer Chris Dart.
"Joe Rogan has been a problem for some time," CBC writes. "He insists that he's 'just asking questions' and that he's 'not a respected source of information' while platforming the likes of Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes and building a business model on people — overwhelmingly young men — listening to him as a respected source of information. But this year, he managed to turn himself from a vague danger into an immediate, obvious danger," they write.
Comments that the CBC consider dangerous include that young, health people don't need the COVID vaccine.
"In April, he strongly suggested that healthy young people don't need the COVID-19 vaccine," they write.
This, of course, is largely true.
According to Blacklock's Reporter, a Health Canada spokesperson Canada has seen just six COVID-related deaths among individuals between 0 and 14 years
Health Canada statistics show that just 2 percent of those hospitalized for COVID-19 were under the age of 20. Data from the end of November 2021 show there have only been 17 COVID-related deaths in Canada when including children and teenagers.
The CBC continues: "In August, he suggested that vaccine passports were the first step in turning the United States into a dictatorship," though the outlet provides nothing to prove otherwise, and is instead lambasting a popular opinion held by the comedian.
The CBC then criticized Rogan for using Ivermectin, claiming that the extremely widely-used drug had no "solid track record of aiding COVID recovery." The CBC does not acknowledge Rogan's claim that his doctor, Dr. Pierre Kory from FLCCC treated him, along with 200 other members of Congress with monoclonal antibodies, prednisone, Z-pak, NAD, vitamins, and Ivermectin.
"Look, I can't prove this, but it's overwhelmingly likely that Rogan's Ivermectin endorsement contributed to a rash of human use of veterinary Ivermectin, because if people will spend $200 USD on a Darth Vader-shaped kettlebell on your say-so, they will definitely eat a couple tablespoons of sheep dip," the writer quips.
"And this is the thing. Joe preaches 'keeping an open mind,' but many, many young dudes are out here taking everything he says as gospel. He's not just some wacky comedian with a podcast — he is someone that his audience turns to for guidance. That's why MeUndies and Onnit supplements and those mushroom coffee people pay big bucks to sponsor his show. And he is not being responsible with that power. He never has been. He's a gateway drug to some really dangerous conspiratorial thinking, his open-mindedness is pointedly one-sided, and MeUndies are both overrated and overpriced. But now he's encouraging young men to eat horse medicine (even though, again, he says he himself did not), fear public health measures, and actively chase COVID. That's a new level of danger," the article concludes, accusing Rogan of the debunked notion that Ivermectin is a horse dewormer.
Rogan has done anything but "go away" in 2022, however, and instead has continued his reign as the number one podcaster in the country. The comedian recently hosted inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, Dr. Robert Malone, onto his cast, which has reached tens of millions.
The real threat Rogan poses to the CBC and all legacy media alike is a disruption of the narrative. Rogan, for all of his flaws, provides long-form, reasonable conversation on issues that outlets sponsored by large pharmaceutical companies won't touch with a stick.
While it's often remarked that those who listen to Rogan are getting their health advise from a comedian, the truth is that people are getting recommendations on how to navigate complicated health decisions from some of America's most accomplished doctors.