On Wednesday, CNN host Alisyn Camerota pontificated about iconic podcast host Joe Rogan, remarking, “Well I admit I’m out of ideas for what to do about Joe Rogan. I’m officially out of ideas.”
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Camerota was speaking with fellow CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who referred to Rogan’s statement in which he said the viral video compilation of various times he had used the N-word was a “political hit job.”
Rogan said on his podcast Tuesday night, “In a lot of ways, all this is a relief, ’cause that video had always been out there. It’s like, this is a political hit job. And so they’re taking all this stuff that I’ve ever said that’s wrong, and smushing it all together. But it’s good ’cause it makes me address some s*** that I really wish wasn’t out there.”
“I’m confused by both ‘it’s always been out there, but this is a political hit job.’ ‘It feels good that it’s out, but then also I really need to address this,’” Blackwell said. “I mean, it seems like there are at least three different narratives that are coming here.”
“I think — listen, I think he’s saying out loud things that we want people who are caught doing horrible things to say, which is, I’m going to do better,” Camerota opined. “I feel ashamed of this. I’m sorry about this.”
“I think that all of that great,” she commented. “I think that where there’s the misalignment is that, basically he just said, ‘How dumb are you if you’re taking medical advice from me, okay? I posed that same question about Joe Rogan. The people who were taking medical advice from him, how dumb are they? But he has this huge platform that does influence, you know, millions of people. So there’s a misalignment between this sort of personal responsibility and the size of his platform.”
“So, I think the COVID conversation, the medical advice is a separate conversation from two dozen uses of the N-word on a podcast,” Blackwell declared. “I think we should separate those and treat those differently. And he’s now being relieved that this is out, it doesn’t align with and I’m so sorry that I ever said those things, to me. But that’s the clip we have. That’s his explanation. We’ll see if there’s accountability, not cancellation which some people conflate. Accountability.”
“Let us know what you think,” Camerota told her audience. “You can find us both on social media.”
Last week, CNN weekend anchor Jim Acosta and media correspondent Brian Stelter issued their own lofty statements regarding Rogan: Acosta stated:
You and I both know that compilation right there, which he has admitted to … that would be enough to put anybody out of a job. I mean, to me, it seems untenable to have that kind of video surface, that kind of compilation surface and keep one’s job … Joe Rogan can continue to host his podcast if people want to listen to it, they can, but it doesn’t have to be on Spotify.
Stelter added, “Companies like Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, they present themselves just as platforms, neutral platforms. But actually, Spotify, in this case is a media company getting in business to distribute Rogan. They don’t have to be in that business. I want to recognize there are reasons why Rogan has lots of fans, millions of fans. People want to hear his candid conversations, but there’s a difference between that, between candid, in-depth conversations, and the kind of vile that’s in this compilation.”
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