Is DeSantis right?
In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL.) criticized liberal media, weighing in on cancel culture and the latest backlash podcast host Joe Rogan is facing.
Recently Rogan, host of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which Spotify has exclusive rights to distribute, received backlash after it emerged that he had repeatedly said the N-word on past podcast episodes. The N-word backlash followed the fallout Rogan was receiving for hosting guests that have questioned the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and masks.
In response to the N-word backlash, Rogan took to Instagram on Friday evening, issuing an apology for using the N-word and expressing “deepest, sincerest” apologies.
Following this apology, Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO, stated in a letter to employees on Monday that the company would not be “silencing” the podcast host.
Speaking to Fox News Digital, DeSantis said that Rogan “shouldn’t have apologized.”
He continued, saying that “The mob will come after people, and they’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart on some of the things that they’re holding dear.”
DeSantis pointed to the COVID backlash, saying the podcast host was only “bringing opposing views,” and “letting people decide.”
The Governor went on to say that, although he didn’t listen to the podcast, the notion that Rogan was against the COVID-19 vaccine did not hold up as he had “advocated for people with co-morbidities and elderly to get vaccinated.”
Continuing, DeSantis mentioned that he believed “legacy outlets” and the left “fear the fact that he can reach so many people, and so they’re out to destroy him.” But, the governor also recommended that Rogan not apologize, saying he shouldn’t “give an inch” or “kow to the mob.”
Instead, DeSantis suggested Rogan, “Stand up and tell them to pound sand; if you do that, there’s really nothing that they’re able to do to you. The only way they have power is if you let them get your goat.”
Then, when questioned about remarks made by CNN’s Brian Stelter, in which he queried why people trusted Rogan more than CNN, DeSantis responded, saying people were “going to look at outlets like CNN, New York Times as having spewed misinformation they claim to be policing it.”
He then pointed to the outlets’ track record, highlighting that CNN and the New York Times had advocated for lockdowns, school closures, and forced masking of kids, measures proving to be ineffective by recent studies.
The Florida Republican pointed to a recent John Hopkins study that showed spring 2020 lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe had only reduced mortality rates by 0.2%.