All Joe Rogan wanted to do was interview celebrities and experts alike on his Spotify podcast. And, along the way, indulge his passions for UFC, hunting and collecting that sweet $100 million deal he reportedly received from the audio giant.
The press and the Left, but we repeat ourselves, wouldn’t let him.
The attacks began in earnest last year after he interviewed Abigail Shrier, author of the powerful book “Irreversible Damage” that questions elements of trans surgery. Rogan’s subsequent chats with Alex Jones, the colorful conspiracy theorist, intensified the media scrutiny. So did his willingness to interview other fiery voices on the Right.
Select Spotify employees raged against their biggest star over the summer, prompting 10 company meetings on the subject. CEO Daniel Ek stood by Rogan. The podcaster, in turn, mostly stayed above the fray.
Then, it got personal.
Many major media outlets, including CNN, savaged Rogan earlier this year for taking so-called “horse dewormer,” AKA the Nobel Prize winning drug Ivermectin, to treat COVID-19. The fit comic bounced back immediately from the virus after taking the drug along with other treatments, but he didn’t forget how the media dumped Fake News on his head.
That roused Rogan in ways the media may soon regret.
Since then, the podcaster has shredded CNN contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to his face, about CNN’s fraudulent reportage. He’s similarly called out the mainstream media as an untrustworthy entity.
He also blasted Big Tech platforms for deciding what views can, and can’t, be shared.
“If they can just censor you based on ideology, then you don’t have freedom of speech… [Big tech platforms] are the primary means of the way people communicate.”
And major platforms like Twitter and Facebook reveal their biases with every censored thought, he argued.
“The way it censors, it’s always in favor of the left,” he added. “And the people on the Left think that’s a good idea, but eventually you can’t be Left enough.”
That’s a podcaster in the grips of real time red pilling. And he’s not done.
The comedian turned media mogul shredded Colin Kaepernick for the ex-NFL player’s ghastly comments comparing football player tryouts to slavery.
“Imagine comparing the ability to do it or not do it, you sign up for it,. everybody — like, so many people who play football want to be in the NFL. It’s a goal. It’s a dream. You can make millions of dollars. And imagine comparing that to slavery simply because they measure people’s physical performance.”
He also slammed tech giant Google for alleging gaming its search engine results, something others have claimed but without the media doing any independent digging on the topic.
“They’re doing something to curate information. Look, if I wanted to find specific cases about people who died from vaccine-related injuries, I had to go to Duck Duck Go. I wasn’t finding them on Google. And I’m like, ‘Okay, this is crazy.’ Like, you guys are hiding information. I’m looking for very specific people and very specific cases, and I’m getting CDC websites, and I’m getting articles on the disinformation attached to vaccines, and vaccines being safe and effective, which for the most part they are, just like peanuts are safe and effective for the most part.”
Rogan recently came to the aid of Chris Pratt, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star who receives serious blowback from reporters and liberals alike.Why? He’s open about his Christian faith, Rogan argued.
The latest Pratt attack, lobbed by far-left actress Busy Philipps, Leftists and some media outlets, centered on the actor praising his bride for delivering a healthy child to their family. Some made the bizarre connection to his previous wife, Anna Faris, with whom he had a child who suffered some health woes early in life.
For that, Pratt got excoriated.
Rogan called out the truth behind the attacks.
“He’s kind of outside of the lines in terms of his ideology, he’s a Christian, and pretty open about it, and because of that, they attack him,” he said. “It’s something so simple, he just believes in Jesus and he likes to be a good person, and they’re like ‘f*** him!'”
“It’s a bully pile-on, that’s what it is. You see someone being vulnerable, and then you can snipe at them, and you don’t have any repercussions and they’re not in front of you, so you attack the guy. He’s done nothing… He’s the nicest f***ing guy I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve been in hunting camp with him. He’s nice to everybody… My point is, I’ve seen him interact with people, he sits at these cafeteria-style tables with everybody, from all walks of life, he’s super normal.”
And, often, super kind. Pratt has dressed up as his Star-Lord character to cheer up seriously ill children.
A representative for the hospital told TODAY in a statement, “We are incredibly grateful to Chris Pratt for taking the time to visit with our patients and families. He is a real-life superhero to each and every patient and family that he meets. He brightens their day and brings a welcomed distraction. We can’t say thank you enough for the joy he brings to the hospital.”
Still, Pratt has a big, red target on his back for speaking openly about his faith, and Rogan called it out.
Rogan has a similar target on his own back now, and he better be careful lest he do anything legitimately out of bounds. The press and the Left aren’t kind to free thinkers, let alone those who expose the flaws in their narratives.
It’s exactly what Rogan is doing these days, and there’s no sign he’ll stop anytime soon.
Christian Toto is the author of the upcoming book, “Virtue Bombs: How Hollywood Got Woke and Lost Its Soul.”