CNN published a column comparing Joe Rogan’s unfortunate use of the “n-word” to the January 6 riot at the Capitol – which they describe as “insurrection.”
Someone at CNN must have been a little embarrassed by their initial headline, which has been changed.
After initially running with the headline, “Joe Rogan’s use of the n-word is another January 6 moment”, the outlet later changed the headline to “Why shrugging off Joe Rogan’s use of the n-word is so dangerous”.
Rogan landed in a bit of hot water when a video surfaced of him using the slur in past podcasts, which led to an apology.
Rogan said the video was the “most regretful and shameful thing” he’s ever had to talk about, adding, “I clearly have f***ed up.”
John Blake, a writer and producer for CNN however, doesn’t want Joe Rogan to get away with it and suggests shrugging off his use of the racial slur is exactly the same as allowing political norms to be broken and riots like that at the Capitol to take place.
The first two paragraphs of the column belong in the all-time ‘Grasping at Straws Hall of Fame.’
“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,” Blake writes. “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.”
Nobody died trying to keep people from breaching the Capitol either, Mr. Blake.
It is important to remember that a total of five people died during the Capitol riot, but only unarmed Air Force veteran and avid supporter of former President Trump, Ashli Babbitt, was killed.
Now that we’ve established the fact that CNN embellished the nature of the January 6 incident in trying to compare Joe Rogan to “insurrectionists,” let’s move on to the fact that the network almost immediately changed the hyperbolic headline they went with after criticism erupted online.
When you immediately backpedal on the entire thrust of your edgy little article, you know you’re in trouble.
If you thought the initial premise of Blake’s CNN column was bad, wait until you see what else he compares Joe Rogan with.
You see, in Blake’s mind, if Rogan goes unpunished and his podcast is not held in check, that will be the kind of thing that leads to “atrocities.”
‘Atrocities’ similar to those in Rwanda in 1994 when 800,000 people were slaughtered.
I’ll let you read that segment straight up:
Something else happens that’s even more deadly. When people in positions of power use dehumanizing language to describe other groups, atrocities often follow.
This is not ancient history: Consider what happened less than 30 years ago in Rwanda when some 800,000 civilians were slaughtered in a three-month period in 1994. Hutu extremists targeted both the Tutsi minority, who were a majority of those killed, as well as moderate Hutus.
What triggered the violence in part were the messages that came from people in positions of power in Rwanda. Many, like Rogan, had a public megaphone and an audience.
The CNN column also manages to equate Joe Rogan to white supremacist senator Theodore G. Bilbo – a Democrat, mind you – who stood in opposition to progress made during “the war against Nazism.”
“Some might say that comparing a podcaster’s moronic musings about race to January 6 is hyperbole,” Blake writes.
Yes. It’s also moronic, watered-down stupidity for the lowest base viewer in CNN’s dwindling market for such idiocy.
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