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Joe Rogan addresses Spotify podcast controversy: 'I'm not trying to promote misinformation'

Suzy ByrneSuzy Byrne·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment·4 min readIn this article:
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  • Joe RoganJoe RoganAmerican martial artist, podcaster, sports commentator and comedian

Joe Rogan is addressing the controversy around his Spotify podcast.

In the wake of Neil Young and other musicians pulling their music from the streaming service due to COVID-19 vaccine misinformation spread on the Joe Rogan Experiencepodcast, the host broke his silence on social media on Sunday. Rogan defended himself, insisting he's "not trying to promote misinformation," but did say he will "try harder" going forward to balance "more controversial viewpoints with other people's perspectives."

“I’m not trying to promote misinformation," Rogan, 54, said in the nearly 10-minute video shared to social media. "I'm not trying to be controversial. I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations."

He asked, "Do I get things wrong? Absolutely. But I try to correct them. Whenever I get something wrong, I try to correct it because I'm interested in telling the truth."

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Rogan said he didn't know "what else I can do differently other than maybe try harder to get people with differing opinions on right afterwards. I do think that’s important and do my best to make sure that I’ve researched these topics — the controversial ones in particular — and have all the pertinent facts at hand before I discuss them."

He pledged to "do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives, so we can maybe find a better point of view. I don't want to just show the contrary opinion to what the narrative is. I want to show all kinds of opinions so that we can all figure what's going on."

That said, Rogan feels "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 went on to defend his decision to have vaccine skeptics Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough on the podcast, saying they are "very highly credentialed" but "have an opinion that’s different from the mainstream narrative."


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