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Joe Rogan blasts CNN over Spotify flap: ‘Nobody listens to them’

Joe Rogan once again took aim at “dishonest” CNN and other legacy media outlets on Thursday, accusing them of taking an “editorial perspective” toward his Spotify podcast in an attempt to “silence me” and censor his show. The Joe Rogan Experience host called out CNN media reporter Brian Stelter and prime time host Don Lemon personally, saying: “Stop this editorial perspective with guys like Brian Stelter and Don Lemon that nobody listens to.” Rogan added: “Nobody is, like, chiming in saying, ‘Oh yeah, finally we get the voice of reason.’ Nobody thinks that.” He made the remarks during Thursday’s episode of his podcast, which included comedian Dave Smith. Rogan said that viewers no longer trust CNN, which has struggled in the cable news ratings race, because the network is not “honest.” “If you’re in business and your business is the news and you want to get more people to pay attention, you should be honest,” Rogan said. “And my my thoughts for CNN, my advice to them: I don’t hate CNN. I used to go to them every day for the news until they start f—-ng hatin’ on me.” “If you want to do better, just f—-ng change your model, change the way you do it.” Rogan has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks after rocker Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify to protest the podcaster’s show. Young and others have assailed Rogan for interviewing medical officials who have been accused of “spreading vaccine misinformation.” After Young pulled his content from the popular streaming platform, other artists like Joni Mitchell and India.Arie followed suit. Calls for Spotify to cut ties with Rogan intensified even further over the past week after viral videos on social media show the host uttering the N-word — though the clips were spliced in a way that decontextualized the comments. But Spotify’s CEO told staffers that while he condemned Rogan’s use of racial slurs, he had no plans to terminate the $100 million contract with the popular podcaster who commands an audience of some 11 million listeners. Spotify tried to appease Rogan critics by culling more than 100 old episodes of the podcast from its platform.

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