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About Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan is a author source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center.
What a "Center" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center either do not show much predictable media bias, display a balance of articles with left and right biases, or equally balance left and right perspectives.
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Joe Rogan's Rating is Center: April 2022 Editorial Review
In April 2022, AllSides staffers conducted a small group Editorial Review of Rogan and his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan seems to be strongly critical of most powerful authorities, and that sometimes puts him on the left (such as in his support for Bernie Sanders), and sometimes on the right (critical of COVID-19 vaccine mandates). Rogan doesn't display a strong political leaning in favor of Democrats or Republicans.
One AllSides staffer with a bias rating of Lean Left noted how a lot of Democrats would probably rate Rogan as Lean Right on the AllSides scale because of controversies involving Rogan's podcast and debates over purported misinformation, but that he's probably more deserving of a Center rating relative to the rest of the country. Another AllSides staffer with a bias of Lean Right argued that Rogan is a classical liberal which probably makes him deserving of a Center rating due to his pro-marijuana and other socially liberal positions alongside his criticism of Big Pharma, Big Tech, censorship, etc.
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As of March 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Center rating for Joe Rogan. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
Third-Party Claims of Bias
Left-rated media outlets and voices often frame Rogan as having a bias against COVID-19 public health rules and vaccines.
In February 2022, musician Neil Young pulled his content from streaming platform Spotify in objection to purported COVID-19 misinformation on The Joe Rogan Experience. In response, Spotify added a COVID-19 info hub to its platform. Rogan said he was "very happy" with the addition and expressed an intention to host more guests with different opinions, while also saying some people hold a "distorted" view of his political opinions. Soon after, a compilation of Rogan using the N-word in previous podcasts went viral. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told employees he was "deeply sorry" if anyone was offended but cautioned against "canceling voices." Rogan apologized for using the slur but said "he never used it to be racist because I'm not racist."
In January 2022, Rogan's interview of physician and biochemist Dr. Robert Malone was taken down by Twitter and YouTube due to concerns about purported COVID-19 misinformation. Malone compared the U.S. attitude toward COVID-19 vaccines to "mass formation psychosis" seen in Germany during the rise of the Nazis. Malone had recently been suspended by Twitter for violating the platform's COVID-19 misinformation policy. After Twitter and YouTube removed the interview, Rogan announced that he was joining social media platform GETTR "in case sh*t over at Twitter gets even dumber."
Related: Media Bias Alert: AP and Reuters’ Fact Checks on “Mass Formation Psychosis”
In September 2021, Rogan made waves in the media world when he said he'd been taking the drug ivermectin to help treat his case of COVID-19. This led to some media outlets falsely reporting that Rogan was using horse dewormer and that some hospitals were seeing influxes of pateints who'd overdosed on the drug while using it to treat COVID-19.