White House press secretary Jenn Psaki on Tuesday urged a crackdown on vaccine “misinformation” spread by Joe Rogan a day after a poll showed the podcaster is more popular than the president.
Liberal elites are losing control of the narrative, and they’re not happy about it.
SHOT: Asked about the ongoing controversy over “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Spotify, Psaki said the Biden administration expects Big Tech and the news media to go further in suppressing false information about COVID-19.
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki on Spotify’s new disclaimer to flag misinformation following Joe Rogan backlash:
“This disclaimer is a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out mis- and disinformation, while also uplifting accurate information.” pic.twitter.com/j8HcC4uTYC
— The Recount (@therecount) February 1, 2022
Psaki said Spotify’s pledge a day earlier to put warning labels on podcasts related to COVID-19 was “a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation while also uplifting accurate information.”
- Democrats have repeatedly pushed tech companies to take more aggressive action against COVID-19 “misinformation,” with support from mainstream media.
- Big Tech has often complied: Google-owned YouTube last week permanently banned conservative commentator Dan Bongino after he questioned whether masks stop the spread of the coronavirus.
- Later in Tuesday’s press conference, Psaki responded to a question about U.S. public schools banning adult-themed books by saying the White House is “pro-freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
CHASER: In other news, Echelon Insights released a poll Monday that found Rogan has a higher approval rating than President Joe Biden among voters.
— Echelon Insights (@EchelonInsights) January 31, 2022
Rogan’s net favorability is +2, compared to Biden’s -2, per the survey.
- “The Joe Rogan Experience” has grown to reach a bigger audience than the most watched programs on cable news.
- Meanwhile, Biden and the Democrats have seen their popularity collapse over the past year.
WHAT IT MEANS
Critics have suggested the backlash against Rogan and Spotify is less about truth than power: discredited left-leaning institutions — from the federal bureaucracy to the media — trying to silence alternative information sources.
- “[L]eftists want to silence Rogan not because his views are unquestionably wrong or objectively dangerous but because they want their ideas to reign supreme, and the easiest way to do that is to silence competing claims,” National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis wrote Monday.
- “If the stupid masses have access to the heterodox ideas available on Rogan’s podcast, public-health officials and Covid-crazy pundits will have less power over his listeners’ beliefs and less influence over their behavior. That’s what progressives can’t stand about free speech: They want to control what Rogan can say because they want to control what we think.”
An anti-establishment GoFundMe campaign to support the “Freedom Convoy” of truckers protesting Canada’s vaccine mandate brought in more than $10 million as of Wednesday.
- That’s more money than all Canada’s major federal political parties raised during the last quarter of 2021, Fox News reported.