As the left continues its embarrassing attempt to cancel top podcast host Joe Rogan, the Obamas have reportedly joined in on it – threatening to leave Spotify if the streaming platform does not punish Rogan.
Industry sources told Insider that the Obamas’ decision to look around comes as their three-year Spotify deal is coming up for renewal.
The Obama’s team at Higher Ground is “frustrated with the slow pace of development at Spotify, where it can be hard to get a greenlight,” the report said. “One source said Higher Ground’s pitches don’t always align with the platform’s focus on shows that can reach a wide audience.”
The report added that other major players such as Amazon and Apple could be in the running for the Obama’s business.
While the report does not specifically note that this is part of the Obama’s attempt to further pressure Spotify into canceling Rogan over what the left is calling “misinformation,” the news that the Obamas are looking for a new platform comes after even the White House joined in on the anti-Rogan movement.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke Tuesday about the matter, saying that the White House wants “more” done by Big Tech companies to suppress “misinformation” on their platforms – essentially admitting that the Biden administration wants to see even more censorship out of Big Tech.
The news comes as Spotify deals with left-wing-generated backlash to Rogan for allegedly promoting “misinformation” on his show, although critics are rarely able to give specific examples.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek reportedly told employees on Wednesday that the platform does not have editorial discretion over Rogan’s #1-rated podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” following an attempt from leftists to get Rogan booted off the platform.
The streaming platform responded to pressure by announcing on Sunday that it was publishing its content policy and that it would be creating a coronavirus information hub.
The announcement from Ek came after musician Neil Young complained about claims that Rogan had made on “The Joe Rogan Experience” about the pandemic and had his music removed from the platform. A couple of other musicians also had their music pulled down over the issue.
“We have had rules in place for many years but admittedly, we haven’t been transparent around the policies that guide our content more broadly. This, in turn, led to questions around their application to serious issues including COVID-19,” CEO Daniel Ek wrote on Sunday.
“Based on the feedback over the last several weeks, it’s become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time. These issues are incredibly complex.”
Former Democrat Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard explained on Wednesday exactly why the left wanted to silence Rogan so aggressively.
Gabbard said that the world’s most popular podcast host “can’t be put in a box or controlled,” and that the left has an issue with that because it threatens their agenda.
Gabbard joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson to talk about the Rogan controversy, and warned that all Americans should be concerned by what they’re seeing.
“It’s hard to imagine they are going to pull Joe Rogan off the air, but you don’t know once the ball starts rolling. What do you make of the attempts to censor Joe Rogan?” Carlson asked.
“It is yet the latest indicator about the real danger we are facing as a society right now in this country, is that this fundamental freedom guaranteed to every one of us as Americans, this freedom of speech, is being threatened,” Gabbard replied.
“People are being intimidated, their financial security is being threatened. They are being censored or being intimidated into censoring themselves. This freedom is the fabric of our Constitution, and the fact that this is what we are facing, that the powers that be decide if we don’t like the things that you are saying then we will find a way to silence you and censor you.”
“This is something that every single American should be afraid of because we need to have the confidence in America that we can express ourselves, that we have the freedom to speak without the threat of punishment looming over us,” Gabbard continued.
“That right there is literally the difference between living in a democracy or living in a dictatorship.”
Gabbard continued, ”…He is somebody who is curious, he encourages dialogue. Of course he’s got his own opinions about things, but he can’t be put in a box and he can’t be controlled. Again, he is one example – unfortunately, he’s not the only example, there are many others who have experienced the brunt of this punishment who are either attempted to be silenced or censored or have been.”
Author: Derrick Louchey