Pay Per View: Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan?
As a talk show radio broadcaster, I’m well aware of censorship movements. For years there was a “Flush Rush” movement to take the late Rush Limbaugh off the air.
“Get Rid of Hannity,” “Rachel Maddow” etc.
If I were a national show, I would probably be in someone's cross hairs for elimination. But as a local show, I can’t be one-sided.
From day one the show’s motto has been, “All Views Are Welcome Here.” I need an audience of liberals, conservatives, and independents to attract local advertisers.
I can’t use my microphone as my personal soapbox to voice my own biased opinions. Free speech demands an open dialogue of opposing views.
To be good at my job I must watch Fox, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the BBC. I need to hear all sides and be well informed to produce a show that people want to listen to.
Joe Rogan Has No Restrictions
For those of you not familiar with Joe Rogan, he’s had a YouTube channel show for several years and just signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Spotify, a social media platform.
Joe Rogan interviews people from all walks of life and has recently had some guests who have varying opinions on Covid-19.
Neil Young, a well known musical name, took exception to some of the information Joe and his guests were relating about the virus and removed his music catalog from Spotify in protest.
Joe Rogan Apology?
Following all this blowback Joe Rogan took to Instagram to relay his thoughts on this controversy.
The Rogan apology at this writing has had over 7 million Instagram views in four days.
That might suggest the interest and the audience following Joe Rogan that justifies his multimillion-dollar payday.
You can watch Rogan’s apology here. (Warning: Language)
Worst Case Scenario
For the sake of argument let’s say Joe did provide inaccurate or misinformation on his show.