Commonwealth Policy Center

Joe Rogan has one of the most popular podcasts in the nation. In fact, his listenership of 11 million people dwarfs that of CNN’s, which averages about a million at the 9 pm hour. Yet CNN is raking Rogan over the coals for his thoughts and comments about how to treat Covid. Rogan’s statements go against mainstream ideas. He’s now a target of the far left. This is cancel culture in its simplest form. So is this how we deal with a difference of opinion? Cancel culture is real. So long as intolerance toward someone else’s perspective leads to canceling them, we as a nation have a problem. True tolerance doesn’t do this. Free speech allows and respects other peoples’ free speech. That’s why the outcome of the Joe Rogan controversy and what Spotify does with him is so important.