Joe Rogan targeted the left-wing media, saying they lost the public’s trust because they didn’t report “honest” news when he lashed out at CNN hosts Don Lemon and Brian Stelter.
On the latest episode of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, the 54-year-old Rogan slammed the liberal media, saying it has lost the trust of viewers and so “more people believe me or trust me or want to listen to me speak.”
Rogan, whose podcast is the most watched on Spotify with 11 million listeners per episode, has drawn criticism for his views on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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On Thursday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan said that CNN has lost the trust of viewers and that’s why “more people believe me or trust me or want to listen to me speak.”
Rogan, whose podcast The Joe Rogan Experience is the most listened to on Spotify, has drawn criticism for his controversial views on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Criticism surged after he hosted two vaccine skeptic scientists in mid-to-late December, and a host of well-known personalities such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell announced they were taking their music off the site in protest.
Rogan had previously been targeted by CNN for promoting the antiparasitic drug ivermectin along with other doctor-prescribed treatments to fight the COVID infection he contracted in September.
Rogan responded to the news outlet for not clarifying that he was taking the human version of ivermectin and not the version used for livestock.
“The answer is not to silence me, the answer is to [for] you’re better off,” Rogan said Thursday. “The answer is that you have better arguments. When you talk on TV about me taking horse pate and you know it’s not true. “He’s taking a horse dewormer.”
“What were you supposed to say, ‘How did Joe Rogan get better so quickly? How come he got COVID that kills everyone and got better after five days, tested negative after five days, training after six days?” Why has this never been discussed? Rogan asked.
Rogan’s main gripe with CNN is that they didn’t explain that there are two types of ivermectin: one for people Rogan took and left, and one for livestock.
Rogan said CNN needs to change its model and focus on honesty, while adding digging into hosts Brian Skelter and Don Lemon (pictured), who have criticized Rogan in the past.
“If you want to achieve more, just change your model, change the way you do it. End that editorial perspective with guys like Brian Stelter and Don Lemon who no one listens to,” said Rogan (pictured Stelter).
In October, CNN refused to apologize to Rogan for its claims that he was taking ivermectin to control horse worms for COVID-19, even after the network’s own doctor, Sanjay Gupta, agreed that the antiparasitic drug Rogan had been prescribed by Dr. , should never have been described by CNN as a horse dewormer in Rogan’s podcast.
In a statement to The Washington Post, the media network wrote, “The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who promoted dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions in the process.”
Rogan clarified that he does not hate CNN, but has stopped watching since he was harassed.
“If you are in business and your business is news and you want more people to pay attention to you, you have to be honest,” Rogan said. “And my thoughts on CNN, my advice to them… I don’t hate CNN. I used to go to them every day for news until they fucking hate me.”
He added that the network needs to change its model and focus on honesty, while adding digging into hosts Don Lemon and Brian Skelter.
“If you want to do better, just change the hell out of your model, change the way you do it. End that editorial perspective with guys like Brian Stelter and Don Lemon who no one listens to. No one will interfere, saying: “Oh, yes, we finally heard the voice of reason.” Nobody thinks that,” Rogan continued. – Have people who give out effective news, more precisely, objective news, and I will support you. I would turn 100%… and I would be one of those people who says, “I saw it on CNN, check it out on CNN.”
Rogan has been on the defensive for weeks and was forced to apologize after singer India Ari posted footage on Instagram of Rogan using the ‘n’ word on February 3.
In total, Rogan says the word 24 times in 23 separate clips that were recorded before the host left his longtime YouTube platform for an exclusive deal with Spotify in 2020.
Rogan admitted on Saturday that “it looks fucking awful.” Even me.
Rogan added that the insults were “the most regrettable and shameful thing” he had ever had to deal with, and that he hadn’t used the N-word in years.
In the carefully edited clip, excerpts from Rogan’s language over the years were stitched together, creating a segment that Rogan himself says made him wince.
Rogan also shared an anecdote in which he compared being among blacks to the planet of the apes.
Rogan said the clips were taken out of context over 12 years of his podcast.
“I haven’t said this in years,” he said in an Instagram video response.
“But for a long time, when I mentioned this word, for example, if it came up in a conversation, instead of saying “the N-word”, I just said this word.
“I thought if it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.”
He went on to say that he now understood that he should not use the word.
“I never used it as a racist because I am not a racist. But whenever you find yourself in a situation where you have to say, “I’m not a racist,” you screwed up. And I obviously screwed up.”
On Tuesday night, Rogan addressed the controversy during a comedy set in Austin, Texas for the first time since the scandal erupted.
“I said this if [I was talking about] something like Richard Pryor or something like that, I would say in context,” Rogan said.
“Someone made a compilation of all the times I’ve said that word in 14 years and posted it on YouTube and it turned out to be fucking racist.”
“Even me! I am me, and I look at this and say, “Stop saying that!” I hovered over the video and said, “Four more minutes?!”
I haven’t used that word for many years.
“But it’s kind of weird that people get really pissed if you use that word and tweet about it on a slave-made phone,” he added, referring to Apple’s forced labor iPhones in China.
Rogan also addressed the wider controversy over his podcast and misinformation about COVID.
“I make a living from bullshit – that’s why it confuses me so much,” Rogan said.
“If you are taking vaccine advice from me, is it really my fault?”
Rogan, of Fear Factor fame, added: “What the hell were you going to do when my stupid idea sounded better? “You know that dude who made people eat animal traits on TV? How does he feel about medicine?
“If you want my advice, don’t take my advice.”
Ari was one of the artists who, along with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, removed their music from Spotify in protest of Rogan.
Rogan, who opposes mandatory vaccinations, said in January that “dozens” of top list celebrities have contacted him for advice on COVID, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and UFC president Dana White.
“It’s weird, I’m getting random messages from celebrities, mostly with COVID advice,” he told fellow comedian Tim Dillon on Dillon’s podcast.
“No bullshit, I have helped dozens of people… like famous actors, musicians who have been seeking advice on COVID.”
Rogan revealed last year that he had not been vaccinated, but instead, on the advice of his doctor, took monoclonal antibodies and ivermectin, among other drugs, to fight the infection, a trick Rogers learned from the comedian.
“I consulted with my good friend Joe Rogan after he got sick with COVID and I did a lot of what he recommended to me on his podcasts and on the phone,” Rogers said in November. after infection with the virus.
The quarterback faced backlash for lying to the media after telling them over the summer that he had been “vaccinated”.
Spotify boss Daniel Ek is under increasing pressure to kick his $100 million star from the streaming service.
Spotify has removed numerous episodes of Rogan’s podcast from its website, including those that contained offensive language.
Eck said in a message to staff on Sunday that Rogan’s racist language was “incredibly hurtful” and that the host was behind the removal of dozens of episodes of his show, but reiterated that the company would not part ways with Rogan, their most popular podcaster.
The next day, Yang criticized the CEO and called on tech company employees to quit their jobs to protest misinformation about COVID-19.
“I’m saying that Daniel Ek is your big problem, not Joe Rogan.
“Get out of this place before it consumes your soul,” the singer wrote on Monday in a statement posted on his website.
Young then encouraged artists to remove their content from the platform, as he did in January, prompting other artists such as Joni Mitchell and David Crosby to follow suit.
“Eck’s only goals are numbers, not art, not creativity,” he wrote.
“To musicians and creators around the world, I say this: you should be able to find a better place than Spotify to make your art a home.”
On Tuesday, Rogan was asked during a Q&A session if he would accept a $100 million offer from right-wing platform Rumble to move his show off Spotify.
Rogan said he would stay with Spotify.
“No, for inexplicable reasons, Spotify stayed with me,” he said. ‘Let’s see what’s going on.’