The Joe Rogan Experience host and popular podcaster Joe Rogan has been under fire for platforming “canceled” individuals like Dr. Robert Malone, whom Rogan’s detractors claim promotes “disinformation” about the pandemic. Some of his critics, like artist and musician Neil Young, have demanded Rogan’s deplatforming from Spotify by pulling their own content from the service.
In response, Rogan on Sunday released a video addressing the censorship controversy.
“I think there's a lot of people that have a distorted perception of what I do maybe based on sound bites or based on headlines of articles that are disparaging,” he said. “The podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation, specifically about two episodes, a little bit about some other ones, but specifically about two: one with Dr. Peter McCullough and one with Dr. Robert Malone.”
“Dr. Peter McCullough is a cardiologist and he is the most published physician in his field in history. Dr. Robert Malone owns nine patents on the creation of mRNA vaccine technology and is at least partially responsible for the creation of the technology that led to mRNA vaccines,” he continued.
“Both these people are very highly credentialed, very intelligent, very accomplished people, and they have an opinion that's different from the mainstream narrative. I wanted to hear what their opinion is. I had them on. And because of that, those episodes in particular, uh, those episodes were labeled as being dangerous -- they had dangerous misinformation in them,” he said.
“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,” Rogan explained.
“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,” he continued.
“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 have been accused of dangerous misinformation. I do not know if they're right. I don't know because I'm not a doctor. I'm not a scientist. I'm just a person who sits down and talks to people and those conversations with them,” he said.
Rogan said: “Do I get things wrong? Absolutely. I get things wrong, but I try to correct them whenever I get something wrong. I try to correct it because I'm interested in telling the truth.”
Further in the video, Rogan says that he would be open to Spotify adding disclaimers to the start of his show, and that he welcomes voices like Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who disagree with Dr. Malone because he's interested in fielding a wide array of opinions.
He concluded his remarks by thanking Spotify for being so supportive of his show and expressed his apologies to the platform for bringing so much heat to it.
The full, 10-minute video can be seen on his Instagram.
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