(Tea Party PAC) – The fight for the preservation of the First Amendment has now become centrally focused on world famous podcaster Joe Rogan and the streaming service Spotify, which hosts his program and enables people around the world to have access to episodes of the show.
And according to The Western Journal, Spotify is now trying to take steps to appease the many critics of Rogan and his podcast, which has caused a number of episodes to disappear from the platform.
Rogan, who has himself become a symbol for the freedom to say the most outrageous thing that pops into your brain, might now be finding himself in a battle against the Obamas.
“During this time of the coronavirus, where one false word can send social media users into oblivion, Rogan has said the unsayable as he questions the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines, makes sport of vaccine mandates, and refuses to slam the door on alternative treatment such as ivermectin. Rogan’s podcast has long relied on eschewing what might be conventionally be called good taste as outrageous one-liners zoom by like mileposts on the road to a raucous good time,” the report said.
This led to washed up musician and aging hippie Neil Young telling the music streaming service Spotify that he was taking all of his music off the streaming service unless they slapped a muzzle on Rogan. They didn’t.
Leftist organizations like MoveOn.org are also getting involved in the push for censorship of alternative opinions and views on the hot button issues of the day, as noted by commentator Ben Burgis over at The Daily Beast.
“Spotify has tried to hedge by saying it will promote COVID-19 resources that are full of orthodoxy at its purest, akin to warning labels, but that has done little to mute the howls of rage directed at Rogan and Spotify,” the report said.
“On Saturday, it was learned that many Rogan’s former podcasts were no longer available on Spotify. The website JREMissing reported Saturday that 113 episodes of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ have been removed,” the WJ reported.
A few of the episodes pulled have included ones with conversations between Rogan and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, YouTuber Michael Malice, InfoWars founder Alex Jones, and commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
“The reason for the deletions was not clear Saturday, although the purge came at the same time Rogan was under attack for language attacked as racist in some of his podcasts. On Monday, Singer India.Arie removed her music from Spotify to protests Rogan’s language on the subject of race, according to The Hollywood Reporter,” the report continued.
Rogan himself has already made a huge misstep by issuing an indirect apology concerning these issues. When it comes to censorship and the left, you never apologize. Ever.
“I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist and I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism,” Rogan went on to say in an Instagram video that was published on Saturday where he confessed there were some things he wished he had not said.
“As Rogan deals with that issue, multiple reports from media outlets such as the U.K. Telegraph and the U.K. Daily Mail said former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, may be looking for a new podcasting partner as a three-year deal they made with Spotify in 2019 comes to an end,” WJ’s report said.
The Daily Mail then reported that the Obamas have a deal with Spotify that is very similar to the one Rogan made, which is worth $100 million.
While the report noted that the Obamas have some other issues with Spotify, it seems the negotiations with a couple that holds massive outside influence with the liberal movement and the Democratic Party can’t help but increase the pressure from the streaming service to censor any kind of content in order to cater to the desires of leftists all over the country.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has come out and stated that the company cannot shut down Rogan.
“If we want even a shot at achieving our bold ambitions, it will mean having content on Spotify that many of us may not be proud to be associated with,” Ek went on to tell employees Wednesday, according to a report published by technology news website The Verge, which got a leaked video of the speech.
“Not anything goes, but there will be opinions, ideas and beliefs that we disagree with strongly and even makes us angry or sad,” Ek stated.
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