Joe Rogan rips social media crackdown on 'accurate' Hunter Biden laptop reporting
Joe Rogan lashed out at Twitter, Facebook, and news media organizations for their handling of revelations about a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden.
During an interview with InfoWars founder Alex Jones and stand-up comic Tim Dillon on his podcast TheJoe Rogan Experience, the Ultimate Fighting Competition commentator defended the reporting by the New York Post, which broke the story two weeks ago, on computer materials about foreign business dealings that suggest the involvement of Hunter Biden's father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
"The Post, what they printed and put out there, is accurate," Rogan said.
The emails came from a laptop and hard drive that Hunter Biden appears to have left at a computer repair shop in Delaware. Twitter and Facebook cracked down and restricted posts of the New York Post's early reports, and because the outlet refuses to delete some of those tweets, its Twitter account remains suspended 13 days later. The heads of both companies are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday.
Biden has denied any involvement in family business ventures overseas. However, neither Biden nor his son have denied the authenticity of the data from the laptop.
Jones, who has long pushed conspiracy theories on InfoWars and has been removed from almost every major social media platform, argued the laptop materials are legitimate.
"They have the receipts," Jones said of the Delaware repair shop, whose owner handed the materials to the FBI before handing a copy over to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is President Trump's personal lawyer, who then shared the contents with the New York Post.
Last week, it was revealed that Giuliani is featured in a scene in prankster Sacha Barron Cohen's Boratmovie sequel in which he reached into his pants in the presence of the character's fictional underage daughter before the actor burst into the hotel room where they had been doing an interview. Giuliani released a statement saying he was tucking in his shirt after taking off recording equipment and to imply anything inappropriate was going on makes Cohen "a stone-cold liar."
Rogan said the clip appealed to his juvenile sense of humor but did not show the scene in its entirety.
"His interpretation of what happened in the room with Rudy Giuliani is not accurate," Rogan said. "While she's touching him and removing his mic, he does this little tap on her waist, but it's not creepy, it's like an old man."
Jones noted that Cohen had previously tried to prank former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. "This is what he does," Jones said. "It's his specialty to say you're being interviewed."
"He said arrest people for their free speech, and he supports internet censorship," he said. "So how does he make this money being this avant-garde, cutting edge, over-the-edge comic that does things that could technically be seen as illegal? I support his free speech, and then he says, 'I don't deserve it?' It's really dangerous."
Rogan said Cohen might change his tune when he inevitably becomes another victim of "cancel culture," which he referred to as a "slippery slope."
"The best way to counter 'wrong speech' is 'correct speech,'" Rogan said. "When someone says something that's wrong, when someone says a conspiracy theory that's not accurate, the best way to counteract that is to do better speech. To have people say the accurate information and let the truth rise to the top. When you start censoring people, the problem is, it's a f---ing slippery slope."
Rogan, who was awarded a $100 million contract by Spotify on the success of his podcast, which is the highest-downloaded one in the world, said Twitter's reaction to the New York Post's Hunter Biden reporting, which included temporarily suspending White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's account, was "crazy."