“American liberals are obsessed with finding ways to silence and censor their adversaries. Every week, if not every day, they have new targets they want de-platformed, banned, silenced, and otherwise prevented from speaking or being heard.”
He continues, saying that in the past, most liberals were focused on what they deemed “hate speech.” But that definition has broadened to be essentially whatever or whomever they disagree with.
But there are exceptions to where the demonized speech comes from. If it coming from one of the left’s “most favored” news outlets, such as CNN or the New York Times, the criteria tends to be more flexible. This is because those news sources have already been deemed “acceptable” by the left.
But words mean things. The words “disinformation” and “misinformation” have real meanings, but the left has hijacked them, and they are now merely liberal buzzwords for “information we don’t agree with.”
If you believe that your political opponents should be criminalized and ideas that you disagree with should be censored and otherwise prohibited, you’re never the Good Guy.
Rogan interviewed a cardiologist and a virologist who were critical of U.S. handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rogan also stated that, while he was not against vaccines, his opinion was that young healthy people really did not need to be vaccinated.
This prompted aging rocker Neil Young – himself once a free speech supporter and enemy of the establishment – to issue an ultimatum to Spotify, either to pull their most highly rated show or he would pull his music library from the platform.
The reason? Young claims that Rogan was spreading disinformation.
I don’t think it’s sufficiently appreciated how twisted and surreal it is that the leading activists for censorship in the U.S. are journalists. Yes, they’re more accurately described as “liberal employees of media corporations but, still, nobody is more devoted to this cause: https://t.co/wqAvTVL4Or
Rogan stated that he was appreciative of Spotify’s support but, “could do more” to inform his listeners – essentially accepting the framework of those who were attacking him. He said that he does the scheduling of guests for his show and that, “I don’t always get it right.” Rogan also said he was OK with Spotify putting content advisories on content that talks about COVID.
But then came this: Rogan added that he would consider scheduling more “mainstream” experts to follow “controversial” ones, and that perhaps he needed to research topics more. The final thud of Rogan’s cave-in, he apologized to Young and Mitchell.
What Joe Rogan might not realize, but Glenn Greenwald is desperately trying to explain, is never apologize to the left. It just isn’t good enough. They are like sharks and sense weakness, and will go in for the kill.
Greenwald also says that for Democrats and the left, it is more than battling political opponents. They believe they are battling ideology that is spear-headed by Donald Trump. Their embracing of authoritarian tactics like censorship, they feel, are totally justified – while demonizing everyone they disagree with as authoritarians.
Greenwald summed up what advocates of free speech are up against,
“If liberals succeed in pressuring Spotify to abandon their most valuable commodity, it will mean nobody is safe from their petty-tyrant tactics. But if they fail, it can embolden other platforms to similarly defy these bullying tactics, keeping our discourse a bit more free for just awhile longer.”
What is Rogan accused of that corporate media doesn’t do routinely and far more harmfully?
Those outlets are dissent-free zones. To work at a large media corporation means rarely talking to anyone who tells you you’re wrong. Rogan constantly airs dissent and acknowledges error.
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