It seems as though the mainstream media aren’t the only ones with their sights set on Joe Rogan, actively broadcasting calls to have Rogan censored over allegations of him spreading COVID “misinformation.”
Apparently, now the U.S. surgeon general has gotten into the mix regarding Rogan, with him urging “companies and individuals” to step in where the government cannot by using their “power” to stop “the spread of misinformation.”
As we previously reported here at Red Voice Media, numerous people have been taking aim at Rogan and his immensely popular podcast on Spotify over him and his guests periodically discussing COVID in manners they disagree with. Neil Young recently tried (unsuccessfully) to get Spotify to censor the comedian and podcaster.
But geriatric musicians whose careers peaked 50 years ago aren’t the only ones trying to silence, as Surgeon General Vivek Murthy appeared on MSNBC on January 25th to recite the same calls to quiet down the COVID wrongspeak from Rogan and his guests.
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked Murthy what he thought 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?”
Murthy responded with the notion that there isn’t already an abundance of information at people’s fingertips regarding the virus, saying, “We can have the best science available, we can have the best public health expertise available. 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.”
The surgeon general continued, adding that big tech has an “important role to play” in the realm of information that’s accessible from their platforms, alleging that said platforms are the “predominant places where we’re seeing misinformation spread.”
In a final take that felt like it was a cheap knockoff of Uncle Ben’s “with great power comes great responsibility” line from Spider-Man, Murthy pleaded with big tech to do what the government currently cannot by censoring what is deemed misinformation.
“This not just about what the government can do,” he said, “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.”
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