Midnight Mania! 270 scientists denounce Joe Rogan ‘misinformation,’ call on Spotify to take action

    Welcome to Midnight Mania!

    Once again, Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), is the center of controversy.

    A collection of scientists, professors, and doctors — 270 total — have published an open letter to Spotify, the hosting company of JRE. Though they do recommend a particular course of action, the group requests Spotify Spotify “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform” to combat COVID-19 misinformation. After explaining the podcast’s exposure to roughly 11 million listeners per episode, the letter reads, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine.”

    In particular, the open letter takes issue with JRE #1757, an interview with Dr. Robert Malone. “In episode #1757, Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone, who was suspended from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19,” the letter reads. “Dr. Malone used the JRE platform to further promote numerous baseless claims, including several falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized’ the public. Many of these statements have already been discredited. Notably, Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who has compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust. These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”

    Rogan is in a position of extremely high publicity, and his controversial embrace of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 solution has drawn even more attention. Still, Rogan has endured plenty of controversies at Spotify without major issue, and it remains to be seen if he suffers any consequences here.


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