Morning Greatness: Former Counterculture Hippie Musicians Demand Corporate Censorship of Independent Creator

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on 46 agenda today:

  • 9:30am: The President receives the President’s Daily Brief
  • 11am: The President and The Vice President host the National Governors Association at the White House for a meeting
  • 2pm: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar


Two minutes of hate:

Spotify, a music service and podcast platform announced on Sunday that it will put a label on podcasts that discuss covid-19. Will they put a content label on ALL podcasts that discuss covid-19 or just some? We don’t know.

“Personally, there are plenty of individuals and views on Spotify that I disagree with strongly,” wrote Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek. “It is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.”

This is a big deal because there’s about a 3-6 month lag on something considered “misinformation” to transform into an acceptable topic of discussion. For example, the virus lab leak theory was a forbidden topic under the Trump presidency but now is a permitted topic of consideration once left-wing propaganda mills start writing investigative pieces about it post-Trump. Other topics that went from “misinformation” to “fact” include mentioning the myocarditis and vaccine connection in young men and covid breakthrough cases.

“Misinformation” is a code word for violating the chosen narrative that benefits the corporate ruling class agenda and has little to do with truth or falsity. The same people worried about misinformation now, spent more than five years clucking about a blackmail tape of Trump in a RUSSIAN Ritz-Carlton involving hookers peeing on a bed Obama once slept on. And this was fine. The current kerfuffle has nothing to do with truth or spreading lies, it has to do with who is controlling the national weltanschauung.

Joe Rogan is at the center of the current firestorm because Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience” (JRE) is very popular, so much so that Spotify paid something like $100 million for exclusive rights to carry his show. The podcast is certainly more influential than the sewer farm at CNN. And Rogan isn’t partisan, he’s way more left than I am, but he doesn’t have the partisan stink on him that the ruling class has affixed to other narrative renegades. He hasn’t been properly ruined yet so people might take him seriously. You know what I mean, the minute someone breaks out of the approved progressive talking point cage, they get smeared with a “far right” label and now under covid, it’s a “misinformation” label. If someone wants to go on Twitter and say they had side effects from the vaccine or success treating covid with vitamin C and zinc, that’s “misinformation.”

JRE is one of the best podcasts because Rogan is smart, he is a great interviewer and he interviews interesting people. Sometimes the people he interviews aren’t singing from the approved song sheet and that’s a threat to the dominant narrative enforced by the ruling class. But JRE isn’t issuing directives or ordering people to comply with a set of behaviors. It’s just an authentic discussion with interesting people. Authenticity is sorely lacking in public realm and that’s what draws listeners to Rogan.

Spotify made the “misinformation” label move because some “creators” on their platform had a public fit and threatened to take their toys from the Spotify sandbox if Rogan’s content wasn’t brought to heel. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Nils Lofgern want their content removed from Spotify. “We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere to stand with us and cut ties with Spotify,” wrote Lofgren in a statement. It wasn’t just musicians it was the ruling classes’ army of skanks, the credentialed posse, who objected as well. ABC News reports, “Earlier, hundreds of scientists, professors and public health experts asked Spotify to remove a Dec. 31 episode from ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ in which he featured Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious-disease specialist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.”

First, let’s take a moment and laugh about the these old musicians and proud former counterculture activists, doing the bidding of the corporate establishment. How funny is that? Second, let’s laugh about Twitter having some super duper brain trust that can discern the truth or falsity of scientific claims made on its shit platform.

In addition to such weighty luminaries, the royal clown brigade was also put out by JRE. “Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who have signed a multi-year deal to produce and host podcasts for Spotify under their production company Archewell Audio, on Sunday urged Spotify to tame virus misinformation.” A spokesman for the royal fame whores wrote, “Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform. We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis. We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”

Whatever happens to Rogan on Spotify, he’s not going away. He will just find other means, means beyond the control of the ruling class, to do his show should they remove him or his podcast episodes. So keep throwing your tantrums, irrelevant, washed up assholes. The genie is out of the bottle.


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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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