There’s some interesting news on the Joe Rogan front, following weeks of manufactured outrage about the podcast host supposedly spreading COVID-19 “misinformation.”
The saga began after Rogan hosted Peter McCullough and Robert Malone, two medical experts who didn’t parrot the CDC’s talking points on the coronavirus. Shortly after, “270 doctors” signed a petition demanding Spotify take action. Things really escalated, though, after Neil Young gave an ultimatum that it was him or Rogan. Eventually, Young was removed from the platform at his request.
Rogan finally responded with a video explaining his position and seeming to extend an olive branch to those who were trying to cancel him. That, of course, did nothing to stop the attempts to destroy him, and Spotify eventually put an advisory on some of his episodes.
Now, according to a breaking report from The Daily Wire, Spotify has deleted approximately 70 episodes of Rogan’s show.
Spotify appears have removed approximately 70 episodes of Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” as the company faces continued left-wing pressure to boot Rogan, their top performer, from the platform.
“The apparent removal of the episodes, all of which were recorded years before the pandemic began, was spotted by JREMissing,” CNET reported. “The fan-made website uses Spotify’s API to compare available episodes to a database of all episodes recorded.”
Gizmodo ran a manual check and found that JREMissing’s reporting was correct: the episodes had been removed.
The question is why? All of the episodes removed were prior to the pandemic, so one would assume the removal doesn’t have anything to do with the current firestorm. Still, it’s very odd that this is happening now. Is Spotify going through Rogan’s entire catalog and removing episodes it has deemed to violate some policy? Or is this just a coincidence? If so, what other possible reason would there be to delete so many episodes?
Whatever the reason is, given the current situation, Spotify needs to provide a public explanation immediately. This is the kind of thing that will fester if left up to the imagination. RedState will be sure to update this story as we learn more.