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Joe Rogan denies censorship rumor after his podcast with Alex Jones disappears, then his explanation gets deleted too

Spotify listeners said that a recently published podcast by Joe Rogan with an interview of
conspiracy theorist Alex Jones disappeared from their app, leading many to believe it had been censored. Later Rogan said that it was due to a technical glitch, and then that explanation disappeared as well.

Rogan is one of the world’s most popular podcasters, but liberal employees at Spotify bristled when he signed a reportedly $100 million deal to move his popular podcast to their platform.

On Wednesday listeners
reported on social media that podcast #1555 with Jones had vanished from their apps.

Many were concerned that the company had censored the episode in order to appease liberal critics of Rogan and Jones. Hours later, the episode reappeared without an explanation from Spotify.

On Thursday, Rogan himself
explained in an Instagram post that the deletion of the podcast had been a technical error.

“The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist…. The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache issues, and it wasn’t working correctly on some devices so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem but still play for everyone like it was never missing. Didn’t quite work out perfect, which led to my phone getting hit up by people thinking it was removed.”

Then that Instagram post disappeared.

Bloomberg
reported that employees had criticized the podcast episode over comments made by Jones against vaccination, but that Spotify stood its ground on allowing the episode to remain published.

On Thursday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek
defended the podcast with Alex Jones in an interview with the Financial Times.

“We want creators to create. It’s what they do best. We’re not looking to play a role in what they should say,” he said.

TheBlaze has reached out to both Spotify and Joe Rogan for comment but neither responded in time for publication.

Here’s part of the podcast with Alex Jones [expletives included]:


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Matthew McConaughey bashes cancel culture, talks about being Christian in Hollywood and defunding the police

Matthew McConaughey gave an interview to Joe Rogan where they discussed a myriad of topics, including the actor slamming cancel culture, talking about being a Christian in Hollywood, and providing an eye-opening response to the defund the police movement.

McConaughey blasted the practice of cancel culture during his appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

“We’re making people persona non grata because of something they do that is right now deemed wrong or it’s the hot point in a hot topic right now,” the Hollywood actor stated. “You can’t erase someone’s entire existence. Where the heck does some forgiveness go?”

Rogan asked the “Interstellar” actor if he has experienced any discrimination in Hollywood for being Christian, and he said he “hasn’t had any difficulties.”

However, McConaughey did point out the phoniness of some of his fellow actors.

“I have had moments where I was on stage receiving an award in front of my peers in Hollywood,” McConaughey explained. “And there were people in the crowd that I have prayed with before dinners…many times.”

“And when I thank God, I saw some of those people go to clap, but then notice that, ‘This could be a bad thing on my resume,’ and then sit back on their hands. I’ve seen people read the room and go, ‘That wouldn’t bode well for me in the future for getting a job or getting votes or what have you.’ I have seen that, I have witnessed that. I don’t judge them for it,” he said.

According to a 2014 Daily Caller report, God had only been thanked 14 times in over 750 Academy Awards acceptance speeches over the last 30 years.

One of the 14 times happened in 2014 when McConaughey thanked God while accepting his Best Actor award for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“First off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand,” McConaughey said after receiving his award. “He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, ‘When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.'”

McConaughey pointed out that some Hollywood liberals go so far left that they become “illiberal.”

“Some people in our industry, not all this, there’s some that go to the left so far that go to the illiberal left side so far, that is so condescending and patronizing to 50 percent of the world that need the empathy that the liberals have gives and should give to throw somebody, to illegitimize them because they say they are a believer,” McConaughey said. “It’s just so arrogant, and in some ways hypocritical to me.”


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McConaughey was asked about the defund the police movement; the Texas native delivered a well-thought-out response in attempting to improve relations between police and communities.

“It’s almost like it should have been renamed because ‘defund’ does not sound anything like there’s been money reallocated to different areas of handling some police exercise,” McConaughey said. “It sounds like you got a million and, ‘We’re taking three hundred thousand. Good luck.’ And it’s not exactly what it is, to be fair.”

“The community and the police need to get back together, and the community needs to say, ‘Here’s what’s unfair. Here’s how I feel it’s unfair as a black man or a person of color or whatever the situation. Here’s my problem with my relationship with you as cops,'” the actor explained.

“Well, the police got to get clear to go, ‘OK. Our whole force isn’t screwed up, we have to have law and order. We all agree on that. Yes, we can all agree on that. We’ve got a few bad apples that either need to be trained better so we don’t have those kind of bad apples,'” he continued. “So few of these bad apples need to be removed. But they also we need to make sure we’re training them better.”

“Now, also, the cops need to go to the community and go, ‘Can you all remember and understand our point of view that we’re like the tow truck driver. We’re not called when there’s good news; we’re called when it’s bad news. So we’re coming in looking for trouble. So we’re already under stress when we get a call. Can y’all help us in the way we communicate? Can we get trust again?'” he said.

Last week, online provocateurs users attempted to cancel Chris Pratt because they labeled him as a Trump supporter despite him being largely apolitical. Pratt’s Hollywood co-stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Zoe Saldana, and Mark Ruffalo, came to his defense, calling him “as solid a man there is.”

You can watch the entire Matthew McConaughey interview below.


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Spotify employees threaten ‘full-blown strike’ if Joe Rogan isn’t censored: report

A new report stated that Spotify employees are extremely bothered that the music streaming platform has not censored “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. According to Digital Music News, a self-described source for music industry news and analysis, Spotify employees are so angered about Rogan’s free speech that they have threatened a “full-blown strike” if the company doesn’t suppress certain “JRE” episodes and topics.

On May 19, Spotify announced that it had reached an agreement with Rogan for a “multi-year exclusive licensing deal” that is reportedly worth more than $100 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the deal, Spotify gets the “JRE” full library, which adds up to nearly 1,500 episodes.

“It will remain free, and it will be the exact same show,” Rogan said in an announcement on Instagram. “It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show.”

“They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now,” he continued. “I’m excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!”

Rogan built a massive audience on YouTube, where he has nearly 10 million subscribers and over 2.6 billion views since launching his podcast in 2009. Episodes of the video podcast are currently available on YouTube, but will be removed and exclusively on Spotify by the end of the year.

Rogan’s first episode on Spotify aired on Sept. 1. Immediately, fans of the massively popular podcast noticed that several potentially controversial episodes were missing from the Spotify library, including interviews with firebrands such as Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles C. Johnson, Owen Benjamin, and Carl Benjamin, according to Variety.

On Sept. 16, Spotify held an all-hands company meeting, where Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed concerns about alleged “transphobic content” that was on several “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcasts, according to Motherboard.

“Some staff inside the company feel alienated by Spotify’s hosting of certain ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ (JRE) episodes, according to copies of some of the questions presented to the meeting obtained by Motherboard,” the report stated.

“In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings have been held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns,” Ek said, three sources reportedly told Motherboard. “And some of them want Rogan removed because of things he’s said in the past.”

“Others have concerns specifically over a recent episode,” Ek reportedly said. “And Joe Rogan and the episode in question have been reviewed extensively. The fact that we aren’t changing our position doesn’t mean we aren’t listening. It just means we made a different judgment call.”

Digital Music News reported this week that Spotify employees are now threatening to strike if Rogan is not censored.

“A contingent of activist Spotify staffers are now considering a walkout or full-blown strike if their demands for direct editorial oversight of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast aren’t met,” the report stated.

The employees are allegedly “demanding direct editorial oversight” over the comedian’s podcast.

That would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic. The employees also demanded the ability to add trigger warnings, corrections, and references to fact-checked articles on topics discussed by Rogan in the course of his multi-hour discussions.

The report added that there are “preliminary plans” for a work strike that “would principally involve New York-based Spotify employees, and would be accompanied by protests outside Spotify’s Manhattan headquarters.”

“Other aspects would involve media appearances and coordination with other activist organizations,” the report said.

The music outlet noted that the strike “could be risky for the staffers involved.”

“Spotify employees reportedly enjoy comfortable salaries in the $120-$130,000 annual range, with considerable perks and benefits,” the report said. “These are plum jobs in extremely uncertain economic times, making a strike a risky move.”

According to PayScale, Spotify pays its employees an average of $110,432 a year. Glassdoor lists many salaries at Spotify well over $100,000.

BlazeTV’s Dave Rubin, the host of the “The Rubin Report” podcast, commented on the Rogan situation.

“The idea that any of these companies – these platforms, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, whatever it is – are out there to defend free speech, no, that’s just a crazy fantasy,” Rubin told Billboard. “That’s obviously his choice and it sounds like it was a pretty great financial situation.”

“As far as the [music] platforms getting more into the talk space and the podcast world, I don’t think any of these platforms should be trusted,” Rubin said.

Last week, Rogan issued a rare public apology after being criticized for claims he made on a recent “JRE” podcast. He walked back claims that he made on his podcast that left-wing anarchists set fires in Oregon.

“I f***ed up on the podcast with Douglas Murray and said that people got arrested lighting fires in Portland,” Rogan wrote on Twitter. “That turns out to not be true. I was very irresponsible not looking into it before I repeated it. I read one story about a guy getting arrested for lighting fires. Turned out to be true, but the other s*** I read about people getting arrested for lighting fires in Portland was not true. I repeated it without looking into it and it was a really f***ing stupid mistake that won’t happen again. I’m sorry.”

Rogan, the UFC commentator and podcaster, offered to host a presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Trump immediately accepted the invitation, Biden has yet to respond.

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Joe Rogan questions why media ignores Biden’s ‘cognitive decline;’ says wearing face masks ‘is for b***hes’

Joe Rogan made comments this week about wearing face masks and questioned why the media has largely ignored Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline.”

Rogan joined the highly contentious face mask debate, and provided his opinion on the controversial subject. During a recent interview with comedian Bill Burr on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the massively popular podcast host broached the argumentative topic of wearing face masks.

Rogan asked Burr if he wanted people to “walk down the street with a mask on.” Burr responded, “Let’s not start this Joe. I don’t want to start this bulls**t. I’m not going to sit here with no medical degree listening to you with no medical degree, with an American flag behind you smoking a cigar acting like we know what’s up better than the CDC.”

Burr said he watches the news every two weeks to see what the latest recommendations from health experts as to wear or not wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Even they say you shouldn’t wear a mask unless you’re treating a coronavirus patient,” Rogan noted. “The World Health Organization literally say that.”

The WHO recommends that health care workers, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, and people caring for someone with suspected COVID-19 symptoms wear a medical mask. The WHO also recommends medical masks for at-risk people, including people aged 60 or over and people of any age with underlying health conditions.

The WHO states that “non-medical, fabric masks are being used by many people in public areas, but there has been limited evidence on their effectiveness and WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19.”

“I just love how wearing a mask became like this soft thing that you’re doing — like being courteous,” Burr said.

Rogan commented on wearing a face masks, “It’s for b*tches.” Burr then asked, “Why is it for b*tches?” Rogan replied, “It just is.”

Burr retorted, “Why does it always become like that? It’s always like the man vs. the b*tch.”

The UFC color commentator replied, “Because that’s what men do, we make fun of things. Anything. Anything that seems like you’re not taking chances. And that’s what the mask is.”

Rogan pointed out that not enough people are talking about taking “care of your immune system.”

“No one’s telling you to sleep more, drink water, take vitamins,” Rogan said.

Rogan has been tested for coronavirus twice, and has tested all of his podcast guests since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The conversation about face masks begins at the 5-minute mark.

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Rogan also took the mainstream media to task for their apparent failure to cover former Vice President Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline.” Rogan made his remarks about Biden’s gaffes and mental lapses during an interview with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein.

“Sometimes people get really tongue-tied, and panic under pressure and words come out all f***ed up,” Rogan said. “That is possible. But there’s a trend.”

“And if you go back to when he was a younger man, that trend didn’t exist,” Rogan said of the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. “You’re seeing a change. And the idea that as you get older, you become less comfortable with the media, less comfortable with speaking publicly, that doesn’t jive with me. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Weinstein, who is often named as one of the members of the “Intellectual Dark Web,” replied, “I agree with you. I see a decline.”

“But irrespective of what that is, Joe Biden is an influence peddler,” Weinstein continued. “He’s not an idea guy, right? He’s the same idea as Hillary Clinton in a different morphology.”

In April, Rogan compared Biden to a 3-year-old and President Donald Trump to boxing legend Mike Tyson.

“It shows you how crazy the system is that they wanted him,” Rogan said on his podcast. “That they wanted Biden to be their guy, that they don’t, they can’t admit that he’s in cognitive decline. I mean, it’s very strange.”

On Saturday, “Joe Rogan” was a trending topic on Twitter for his face mask comment, remarks about Biden, and because an old video of Rogan was resurfaced. In the video from 2011, fellow comedian Joey Diaz talks about exchanging stand-up stage appearances for sexual favors on Rogan’s podcast.

Many users were contacting Spotify to try to have Rogan canceled. In May, Rogan signed a contract with Spotify worth an estimated $100 million.

Many people on Twitter, including Steven Crowder, were doubtful that Rogan would be canceled for the latest “controversy.”

People also tried to cancel Joe Rogan in January after he endorsed Bernie Sanders.

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Joe Rogan says he has been tested for coronavirus twice. Of course, people are mad at him for it.

Hit podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan bragged this week about his ability to get tested for coronavirus multiple times — which of course made a whole swath of people really upset.

Not only is the podcaster getting tested, he’s having all of his guests tested, too — and on his dime.

He’s doing what?

On the April 15 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan started his program declaring, “Chris D’Elia’s negative. Yay!”

Rogan was referring to his guest, actor and comedian Chris D’Elia, who had just tested negative for coronavirus.

D’Elia replied, “That’s right, I got the test. You know why I got the test? Because I know Joe Rogan. Because I came here, and he had a doctor.”

Turns out Rogan has made coronavirus testing a policy for his show: He gets tested regularly, and his guests are all tested before they can come in studio.

“I’ve been tested twice already,” Rogan told D’Elia. “I got tested yesterday, and I got tested two days before that. I’m just going to test myself every three or four days — f*** it.”

Then he explained the show policy to his listeners: “So, I’m testing everybody. So, the way we’re doing this here is when people come in to do the podcast, test them first, keep the f*** away from then, and then give them a hug.”

D’Elia responded, “You’re the first person I’ve hugged in a month. … It felt good, honestly.”

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Joe Rogan Experience #1458 – Chris D’Elia

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How’s he doing it?

Though coronavirus tests have become hard to come by in much of the nation, Rogan seems to have easy access to as many test as he wants. But it’s not the official nasal-swab tests that the FDA has approved and that the CDC recommends.

Instead, Rogan has an on-demand doctor, Dr. Abe Malkin, Vice news revealed. The doctor is part of Concierge MD LA, “a premium provider of high-end, on-demand, and personalized medical care in Los Angeles,” Vice said.

Malkin told Vice that he is administering an antibody test that has not been approved by the FDA.

“There’s about 70 companies producing antibody tests, and only one of them is FDA approved, that’s Cellex. I don’t know how the hell they got that contract that they got FDA approval, but it’s impossible to get those tests,” Malkin explained to Vice. “I give everyone a disclaimer, it’s not FDA approved, you can’t use this for diagnosis, it’s more for peace of mind, for epidemiologic data. But if they need a definitive diagnosis, they have to get a nasal swab.”

But just because they’re not FDA approved doesn’t mean they’re not effective. Malkin told Vice: “I’ve tested about 300 [people] in the last week, about 5% of asymptomatic people turn up positive on antibody testing, and about 10 to 20% of symptomatic people have showed up positive on antibody testing. And everyone that was a known positive, has shown up positive on antibody testing.”

Recent Rogan guest Bryan Callen shared a video of the results of his test at the Rogan studios with Dr. Malkin. The test reportedly takes only a few minutes.

Seems expensive

The tests cost $299 each, Yahoo reported, and Rogan appears more than happy to pay for it.

D’Elia told the back story of the testing on the “BUILD Series” podcast Thursday.

“I realized I haven’t touched anybody except for my family, that I live with, and that’s it,” D’Elia said, according to Yahoo. “I went to do Joe Rogan’s podcast [Wednesday] and said to him, I texted him, ‘Are we still doing this? Should we do this?’ And he’s like, ‘Ya, I have a doctor here he’s going to test you first.'”

When interviewer Ricky Camilleri asked how Rogan was getting the tests, D’Elia answered, “Because Joe’s paying for them, that’s why,” adding, “Joe is basically Bruce Wayne,” Yahoo reported.

Camilleri replied, “Unreal. I don’t want to let my blood pressure go off the chart while I’m doing an interview with you, but that’s wild to me.”

D’Elia responded, lamenting the cost of the tests, “I mean, there’s plenty of tests. There’s plenty of doctors, there’s plenty of tests out there. I just think that it’s tough for the actual public to get, it sucks. It sucks.”

Naturally, people were upset

The New York Post noted that a lot of people — including several of Rogan’s fans — were upset about the podcaster’s many tests and shared a few of their responses to his recent revelation:

  • “If you can’t get a #coronavirus test it’s cause Joe Rogan hoarding all them bitches. Good lord.”
  • “A close friend, a doctor, presumably had coronavirus but couldn’t get tested in NYC. Cool that Joe Rogan is able to test his pals like it’s nothing.”
  • “I don’t need to talk to joe rogan I just want a corona virus test.”
  • “People like Joe Rogan bragging everyday how him and his friends are being tested daily is just ridiculous. Joe Rogan has had multiple coronavirus test with negative results. What the hell man?”
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Joe Rogan hilariously trashes Trump-Biden 2020 matchup: ‘Like Mike Tyson versus a 3-year-old’

Hit podcast host Joe Rogan smashed former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden’s chances in defeating President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election in November.

What are the details?

During a new episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan compared Biden to a 3 year old and Trump to professional boxing legend Mike Tyson, and said that the Democratic Party is “crazy.”

“It shows you how crazy the system is that they wanted him,” he said. “That they wanted Biden to be their guy, that they don’t, they can’t admit that he’s in cognitive decline. I mean, it’s very strange.”

Rogan, a former MMA fighter, said that Biden is simply unable to carry on a coherent conversation or discussion for any prolonged period of time.

“Look,” he said. “If someone wants to ask me questions about things that I understand — like MMA or like comedy — like if you want to ask me questions about these things that I think about and talk about all the time, I could talk to you really clearly about those things and make a lot of sense.”

He also noted that the COVID-19 crisis is also going to highlight how ill-equipped Biden is when it comes to being able to defeat Trump.

“Right now, we’re in the s***, right? We’re in the April s***, it’s the worst time of the corona,” Rogan said. “A lot of people are dying. … So and then you go June, July, August — hopefully everything’s up and running again, the economy starts coming back on track. Trump makes a couple of great speeches, but Biden is more in decline.”

“It’s not gonna get better,” he insisted.

What else?

Rogan promised his listeners that there would be “no way” Biden could beat Trump in a hypothetical matchup.

“[Trump’s] already dismissing [Biden],” he continued. “He’s gonna destroy him. He’s gonna kill him man. I mean it’s such an easy target, it’s like Mike Tyson versus a 3-year-old.”

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