(TargetLiberty.org) – The latest free speech battle heated up last weekend after former President Donald Trump intervened in support of an under-pressure centrist in a fight over what can be said in a podcast.
On January 24, aging rocker Neil Young threatened to pull all his songs from streaming music platform Spotify unless the site removed one of its most popular podcasts, The Joe Rogan Experience, for allegedly spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Over the next week, Young and Joni Mitchell both took down their songs and Rogan came under coordinated attack by liberal entertainers, including one who had compiled tapes of Rogan using a racial slur in the past.
Rogan issued an apology and explanation of his language on February 5, which was followed by Spotify quietly pulling over 70 episodes of the podcast. Then, on Monday night, Trump released a statement supporting Rogan – and telling him not to apologize.
— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) February 8, 2022
“Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy,” Trump said, “but he’s got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics.” He urged Rogan to keep doing what he’s doing and not let the Left make him look weak by forcing him to apologize. He finished with “That’s not you and it never will be!”
Video hosting platform Rumble has now offered Rogan a 4-year, $100 million deal to move his podcast to its site — without censorship.
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