UFC commentator and podcast giant Joe Rogan went viral Wednesday for comments he made on his podcast asserting that the 2020 presidential election was rigged by the establishment media by controlling which information was presented to the public.
In a clip from Tuesday’s edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” featuring comedian and friend Tom Segura, Rogan talked about the efforts of the news media to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“Even if it wasn’t rigged – let’s say it wasn’t rigged, let’s say it was a fair [election] and that’s who won and that’s how it was gonna be — Biden won. For sure it was rigged by the media. For sure,” Rogan said.
He used the widely-reported story of former President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia and the suppressed story of Hunter Biden’s laptop as examples of the media’s attempts to control public opinion.
“Just those two narratives that they knew were not true that they pushed out in front of everybody and that we know had to do with trying to get rid of Trump,” Rogan said. “That is in many ways, that’s manipulation. It’s manipulation of a public narrative, it’s manipulation of what the people think is real and not real.”
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Joe Rogan and Tom Segura discuss how corporate media, big tech and the FBI rigged the election against Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/DU94dhjuv9
Rogan also used Facebook as an example, calling back to an interview he had done with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg three years ago where Zuckerberg admitted that the FBI had told Facebook to suppress “disinformation.”
“Zuckerberg sat in that very chair and said that the FBI contacted Facebook and told them that it was Russian disinformation, they were getting a bunch of Russian disinformation, and so they limited the spread of that,” Rogan said.
Rogan and Segura went on to discuss the consequences of a media industry that will bend and break the “rules” of society in order to gain their preferred outcome. Rogan brought up the lack of oversight and consequences for the media for lying to the public and expressed his concern over what it could lead to in the future.
“Whether you like that guy [Trump] or not, we have to follow the rules. We have to,” Rogan said. “And if we don’t follow the rules because we don’t like somebody and we break the law because we don’t like somebody, we don’t want them to win, now there’s a banana republic. That’s scary.”
Rogan has come under fire before from the left for allowing guests of different viewpoints to speak freely on his show, which is exclusively available on Spotify.
According to a TIME magazine report, The Joe Rogan Experience currently has an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, making it the platform’s most popular podcast.
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