A coalition of doctors, physicians, science educators and medical professionals are calling for Spotify to take action against the spread of misinformation on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
The open letter, which was first reported on by Rolling Stone, specifically took issue with a controversial episode that featured Robert Malone, a virologist known for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. It explained that “by allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals.”
Censuring The Joe Rogan Experience—a podcast whose eponymous host, a muscle-bound man most famous for providing MMA color commentary and pressuring people into eating bull testicles for money—has become an online cause célèbre in recent months after a group of 270 doctors penned an open letter to its distributor, Spotify, accusing the show of having “a concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The letter took particular issue with a recent episode featuring guest Robert Malone, a biochemist who conducted a series of groundbreaking laboratory studies on cells using mRNA technology in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Malone is a pharmaceutical executive and lab researcher with no history of treating patients—he did not even complete his medical residency, according to his own CV. This did not stop him from floating wild, baseless claims about the COVID-19 pandemic, including that vaccine efficacy is a mirage attributed to “mass-formation psychosis” (despite Malone himself being vaccinated), and that hospitals are engaged in a grand conspiracy of misdiagnosing COVID-19 deaths in order to up their profits. He further compared the current public health climate to the rise of Nazism. Rogan not only provided Malone with a large platform and failed to push back on any of his pandemic conspiracies—which he has been banned from Twitter for constantly spreading—but appeared to agree with them. The episode was immediately removed from YouTube for violating its COVID-19 disinformation policy.
So why did you apologize? You are sounding like any rightwing politician who has been caught red-handed. The question is how did you get away with this kind of filth for so long. And why did Spotify give you a contract with terrible track record.
Joe Rogan has opened up about why he did not vote for Joe Biden in the last presidential election, noting his concern with how the president speaks.
"He can't talk right anymore," Rogan said of the president on The Joe Rogan Experience this week.
In his latest podcast episode, Rogan was joined by fellow podcaster Coleman Hughes and their discussion turned toward the 2020 election.
...Before the November 2020 election, the controversial podcaster said that he would rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden after he endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
"I'd rather vote for Trump than [Biden]," Rogan said on his podcast in April 2020.
"I don't think [Biden] can handle anything. You're relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can't do that. And we don't know what the f*** he'll be like after a year in office.