Spotify needs to hold Joe Rogan accountable for giving a platform to dangerous mistruths, writes EJ Dickson of Rolling Stone. 270 physicians and scientists signed an open letter calling him out for hosting people spreading Covid misinformation. Some of his guests have called the vaccine experimental, said the pandemic was planned and suggested that hospitals are encouraged to falsely diagnose Covid death cases. None of these opinions are based on science, but Rogan's audience was not made aware of that fact. With a platform as big as his, he has a responsibility to prevent dangerous ideas, which could lead to more deaths, from spreading.
The effort to silence Joe Rogan on Spotify is rooted in identity politics, holds Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review. His liberal critics believe that podcast listeners are mindless sheep that aren't able to weigh information themselves and make a decision. Many of Rogan's listeners tune in to hear what the other side thinks or because they find him entertaining, not for his scientific expertise. The desire to silence him stems from a desire to control the narrative, to prevent different opinions and ideas from spreading. Only allowing alarmist news pundits and health officials to talk publically is not the way forward. Rogan should be free to make his voice heard.