More than 200 doctors and scientists have signed a petition demanding Spotify to take action against “COVID misinformation” on its platform. The petition directly mentions its most popular podcast, the Joe Rogan experience, for promoting “misleading and false claims” about COVID-19.
More specifically, the petition takes issue with Rogan’s recent interview with Dr. Robert Malone. The episode has been criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories and the JRE has a concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads the petition.
“By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals.”
The petition goes on to argue that Rogan has provoked distrust in science and medicine, especially among young people.
“The average age of listeners is 24 years old and according to data from Washington State, unvaccinated 12-34 year olds are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who are fully vaccinated,” the petition said.
“Dr. Malone’s interview has reached many tens of millions of listeners vulnerable to predatory medical misinformation.”
Jessica Malaty Rivera, an infectious disease epidemiologist and research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, co-authored the petition and is among its signers.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rivera said she was “horrified” that people she knew were listening to the episode and what Malone had to say.
“When I saw they were falling victim to this, I spoke to some colleagues and we said something has to be done at this point,” said Rivera.
“People who don’t have the scientific or medical background to recognize the things he’s saying are not true and are unable to distinguish fact from fiction are going to believe what (Malone is) saying, and this is the biggest podcast in the world. And that’s terrifying,” says Dr. Ben Rein, a neuroscientist at Stanford University who co-authored the letter with Rivera and other doctors and scientists.
The petition called on Spotify to “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation.”
Rogan famously moved his show from YouTube to Spotify after receiving a lucrative contract.
Internally, some Spotify employees have chafed against Rogan’s existence on the platform, and have urged for him to be censored.
Thus far, Spotify executives have sided with Rogan.
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New York Governor Blames ‘Illegal Gun’ in Fatal Shooting of NYPD Officer
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) blamed an “illegal gun” in the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Jason Rivera on Friday night.
Rivera, 22, was shot and killed and a second officer, Wilbert More, 27, was shot and wounded, Breitbart News reported.
The shooting suspect, Lashawn McNeil, 47, opened fire on Rivera and More as they approached him in a long hallway, CBS New York noted. McNeill was then shot twice by a third officer.
On Saturday, Hochul tweeted, “Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a NYPD officer.”
Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a @NYPDnews officer.
When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets. pic.twitter.com/zXv0xbL4Em
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 22, 2022
“When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets,” Hochul added.
New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) responded to the shooting death of Rivera by calling for more gun control, Breitbart News reported.
New York has some of the most stringent gun controls in the country. Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Everytown for Gun Safety ranks New York No. 3 in the nation “for gun law strength.”
Those laws include everything the Democrats are pushing at the federal level under the guise of safety, including universal background checks, a “high capacity” magazine ban, an “assault weapons” ban, a permit requirement to buy a handgun, a red flag law, gun storage requirements, “ghost gun” regulations, and a prohibition against gun possession by felons, among other controls.
McNeil, the man who allegedly shot the NYPD officers Friday night, is a convicted felon.
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Gingrich: January 6 Committee, AG Garland ‘Lynch Mob’ ‘Face a Real Risk of Jail for the Kind of Laws They Are Breaking’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees alleged abuses by the House Select Committee and the Department of Justice investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol as having consequences.
During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gingrich suggested those who he said were misusing and abusing the process could “face a real risk of jail” for the laws they had broken during the so-called investigation.
“Well, you have, both with Attorney General Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” he said. “They are breaking the rules. They are going after people in a way which is reminiscent of the British monarchy using closed-door systems that we outlawed deliberately because we’d seen it. We knew what it was like. And they’re running over people’s civil liberties. And what they need to understand is, on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.”
“And all these people who’ve been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email, because I think it’s clear that this — these are people who are literally just running over the law, pursuing innocent people, causing them to spend thousands and thousands of dollars in legal fees, for no justification,” Gingrich continued. “And it’s basically a lynch mob.”
“Unfortunately, the attorney general of the United States has joined that lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI,” he added. “And I think, when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down, and the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep. And they’re the ones who are, in fact, going to, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kind of laws they are breaking.”
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CBS Host Stunned NOT ONE Participant in Face the Nation’s Focus Group Believes America is in a Better Place After One Year of Joe Biden (VIDEO)
After Joe Biden’s first year in office, NOT ONE participant in Face the Nation’s focus group believes America is in a better place.
CBS host Margaret Brennan was stunned when the entire panel of six participants, including Biden voters, said America is on the wrong path.
“During the course of the pandemic, “Face the Nation” has been listening to Americans, through Zoom, to get their thoughts on COVID, the economy and how the government is handling it all. On Friday, we checked back in with six of them,” host Margaret Brennan said.
“Who feels like we are in a better place now than we were a year ago?” Brennan asked the panel of six participants.
Every participant said no.
Margaret Brennan was stunned: “No one believes we are in a better spot?”
“I just don’t understand. I thought this is going to be a president for the people of the people,” said Beth, an Independent voter.
Even the Biden voters on the panel blasted Joe Biden.
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