CNN and Joe Rogan engaged in a war of words in recent months following the cable news network's repeated claims that the podcaster took "horse dewormer." The latest slam of Rogan from CNN is an article titled: "Joe Rogan's use of the n-word is another January 6 moment." Twitter reactions to the article have included the piece being called the "dumbest thing on the internet today."
The piece centered around the compilation video of Rogan using a racial slur. The video features Rogan using the racial epithet in podcast episodes recorded years ago, well before his deal with Spotify. Rogan said the clips were taken "out of context" from "12 years of conversations." Rogan has since apologized, calling the use of the n-word: "The most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly."
The CNN article begins, "The podcaster Joe Rogan did not join a mob that forced lawmakers to flee for their lives. He never carried a Confederate flag inside the US Capitol rotunda. No one died trying to stop him from using the n-word."
"But what Rogan and those that defend him have done since video clips of him using the n-word surfaced on social media is arguably just as dangerous as what a mob did when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6 last year," writes CNN's John Blake.
"Rogan breached a civic norm that has held America together since World War II," Blake claims. "It's an unspoken agreement that we would never return to the kind of country we used to be. That agreement revolved around this simple rule: A white person would never be able to publicly use the n-word again and not pay a price."
Blake is peeved that Rogan "has so far paid no steep professional price for using a racial slur that's been called the 'nuclear bomb of racial epithets.'"
Blake argues, "But once we allow a white public figure to repeatedly use the foulest racial epithet in the English language without experiencing any form of punishment, we become a different country. We accept the mainstreaming of a form of political violence that's as dangerous as the January 6 attack."
He lists celebrities who have been "shamed and exiled from their professional communities," such as chef Paula Dean, comedian Michael Richards, and Roseanne Barr.
In the article about Joe Rogan, the CNN writer highlights the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when 800,000 people were slaughtered in a three-month period.
"What triggered the violence in part were the messages that came from people in positions of power in Rwanda," Blake writes. "Many, like Rogan, had a public megaphone and an audience."
Blake contends, "Rogan's use of the n-word may also be drawing us closer to something else: destroying any plausible shot at building a genuine multiracial democracy."
The CNN "analysis" states Rogan is "unleashing lethal forces that he may not understand."
Blake concludes that if Joe Rogan isn't canceled that "all of us – not just black people – will pay a price. Our country won't be the same. This is another January 6 moment."
The CNN article comparing Joe Rogan to the Jan. 6 riot was thoroughly ridiculed online.
Journalist Andy Ngo: "CNN published an analysis (opinion) by a producer which argues @joerogan’s use of the n-word in the past is 'another January 6 moment' that must be met with severe punishment because he is white."
Writer Charles C. W. Cooke: "Having failed with phase one ('misinformation!') and phase two ('racist!'), CNN has moved onto phase three, in which Joe Rogan is linked to insurrection, genocide, and segregation, and accused of helping undermine the progress the U.S. has made since 1945."
Political strategist Matt Whitlock: "This mad-lib style tortured effort to tie everything the left disapproves of to January 6th just feels like parody."
Real Clear Politics president Tom Bevan: "CNN is CNNing."
Outkick founder Clay Travis: "It’s as if @cnn is actively attempting to destroy whatever remaining audience they still have."
Writer Emma-Jo Morris: "Good example of why archaic media clerks are being crushed by alternative. Americans aren’t stupid enough to engage with whatever this is."
Podcast host Eric Weinstein: "CNN caught deploying Weapons of Mass Formation."
Political strategist David Reaboi: "Can you be a laughingstock and a cancerous tumor at the same time? With a piece like this, CNN shows how it’s possible. Bats**t crazy —and read how wistfully he talks about being powerful enough to ruin peoples’ lives."
Political commentator Chris Manning: "I see John has thrown his hat in the ring for dumbest thing on the internet today. It’s early in the day but he’s the clear leader I’d say."
Columnist Derek Hunter: "I'm not sure from where @CNN finds the dumbest people, but they clearly have a monopoly."