Biden Admin Calls on Big Tech to Censor Joe Rogan
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy accuses podcaster of spreading 'misinformation'
Democrat Joe Biden's administration is calling on Big Tech companies to censor popular podcaster Joe Rogan.
Speaking Tuesday during an appearance on MSNBC, Biden's Surgeon General Vivek Murthy revealed that the federal government is seeking to crack down on “misinformation.”
Murthy warned that Big Tech companies have a responsibility to censor so-called “misinformation” and curate “accurate” information for the public.
Murthy made the comments after he was specifically asked about Rogan's podcasts.
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked Murthy about alleged misinformation on the hugely popular “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
Brzezinski also suggested Rogan promotes false information in his general social media posts and that the "misinformation" spreads "all over Facebook."
“What do you think are the best ways to push back on misinformation about COVID that continues to be aggressively pushed, whether it be Joe Rogan’s podcast or all over Facebook?” the host asked Murthy, according to The Blaze.
"We can have the best science available, we can have the best public health expertise available,” the Biden-appointed surgeon general answered.
"It won’t help people if they don’t have access to accurate information.
"People have the right to make their own decisions, but they also have the right to have accurate information to make that decision with.”
Big Tech companies, Murthy said, have an “important role to play” since they are the “predominant places where we’re seeing misinformation spread.”
"This is not just about what the government can do,” he emphasized.
"This is about companies and individuals recognizing that the only way we get past misinformation is if we are careful about what we say and use the power that we have to limit the spread of misinformation.”
Legacy media, left-wing activists, and Democrat politicians have routinely called to censor Rogan as his podcast continues to succeed with the general public.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” reaches an average of 11 million people per episode, The Blaze noted.
"CNN Primetime averages less than one million.
"The regime and its acolytes in the media call for Rogan’s censorship because they are losing to him.
"They resent the fact that the guy who hosted ‘Fear Factor’ is thought of as a more reliable news source than their legacy networks.”
Just this week, co-hosts on “The View” appeared to advocate for audio platform Spotify to “at least warn listeners that they could be exposed to ‘misinformation’ if they listened to podcast juggernaut Joe Rogan.”
“Spotify could simply remove episodes that were determined to contain ‘misinformation’ or introduce a disclaimer to Rogan’s show,” the panel suggested.
“You give people a platform to counter what he’s spewing or the guests that he’s having on,” said guest co-host Lisa Ling.
"You have to do something to mitigate that."