The network has been in disarray since it waged war on the popular podcaster. In my opinion, the hit job on Rogan's use of ivermectin to treat his Covid diagnosis marked the last straw for CNN.
If we survive this stupid era, it will be the standup comics especially Joe Rogan who save us, because they can still say true things if it is couched in humor. Rogan's pod (and Substack) are like the monasteries in the dark ages keeping a little flicker alight.
Rogan rocks. Because he asks open-minded questions, does not pander to either political party or cause, thinks for himself and encourages listeners to do the same. Plus he has fun doing it.
CNN (brought to you by Pfizer!) so deserves to plunge into oblivion. They may change their approach but once a brand is gone it's gone. I will never go back.
Sadly, I find more REAL journalism in substack, websites than I do MSM et al.
While I can share a bit of the schadenfreude in CNN's disgrace and downfall, don't write the obituary of the legacy/corporate/mainstream media too quickly. It's still backed by some of the deepest pockets there are. Just as a band of hunter-gatherers will abandon a straggler, or a mob boss will whack a capo who's outlived his usefulness, the MSM has plenty of resources and useful stooges left at its disposal and once the Covid narrative fades from significance -- as it already has -- there will be another one waiting to be unleashed upon the populace. The gaslighting will continue until enough people reject the MSM en masse. Joe Rogan is massively popular, yes, but he's just one guy.
If you can make them laugh, you win! I watched both the Dr. Malone and McCullough interviews and there's a reason those interviews set records for Rogan. They were hands down, the best interviews anyone with that kind of audience did on the subject. I'm glad Rogan is getting the last laugh!
For a firearms enthusiast, this brings a tear to my eye. Our community has been dealing with these lies and falsehoods and emotional manipulations forever. In a strange way, I’m grateful, since I noticed the distinct telltale signs of lying propaganda very early in the pandemic… very early, and realized that the whole thing was a scam from the beginning.
The wording of phrases, the emotional manipulation, the imagery, the technical jargon that shields them from liability for lying, refusing to cover stories counter to the narrative, and my favorite, quoting data from other sources in order to get the lie out into the world, without taking responsibility… that one’s a classic hallmark of propaganda. “Sources say.” Or, “another news agency reports” then that “news” agency is some no name scumbag that works for a joke like Vox, or Rolling Stone, and just makes stuff up (anyone remember the “ivermectin is flooding hospitals with ODs”).
Side bar, here’s my origin story. In 2005 the “assault weapons ban” was ending, and around the same time period I was living in the south, and we had just experienced hurricane Katrina. My friend talked me into buying the civilian version of the AK47, since New Orleans had descended into dystopian Hell.
Around this time period, the “media” especially the propagandists at CNN were screaming about machine guns, and showing actual videos of fully automatic weapons. And saying that’s what the assault weapons ban sunset would bring… In 2005 I wasn’t a firearms enthusiast, and I truly thought owning an “AK47” was a little ridiculous, but again, the damned hurricane and tales of roving bands of rape bandits was in my mind, so hell yeah I’m going to come heavy… let me get an AK.
So I go to my gun store and tell them I would like an AK. Then the magic happened. I asked the store owner how to operate the “fully automatic” function. The entire store laughed at me. Laughed in my face, no exaggeration, it was like in the movies when the music stops and everyone turns to look.
The gentleman behind the counter pointed to TWO AK47’s on the wall, hanging side by side. He asked me to tell him the difference between the two. I couldn’t. He pointed out that one had a different stock, and also had a lug to attach a bayonet if I wanted. And that was the difference. The only difference. The one with the different stock (it’s called a thumb hole stock) and no bayonet lug had ALWAYS been legal, while the one with the more traditional stock you see in movies, and with the bayonet lug had just become legal. Other than that, they were identical. There was no “full auto”, there really was ZERO difference.
“But CNN said they were full auto.”
He laughed again.
“Dude, they showed videos of someone shooting a full auto AK47.”
“Yeah… that’s how the media lies.”
Essentially, a civilian “assault weapon” is a Ferrari kit car. It looks like a Ferrari, it performs the same function at its base level (drive, make wheels turn round) like a Ferrari. But it’s NOT a Ferrari, not in any way. The media CALLS them Ferraris because they want them banned, and they take actual Ferraris, and make videos of them driving at 220 MPH to show how dangerous they are, but they’ve lied. It’s a scam. A kit car is not a Ferrari, and banning kit cars isn’t going to make there be less automobile accidents, no matter how scary the roads appear because “Ferraris are everywhere”.
I’ve noticed media propaganda and their techniques ever since.
That Rogan interview with Dr Robert Malone was a tour de force of ACTUAL journalism at a time when there was nothing but regime propaganda to be found from practically every other source. I don’t regularly listen to Rogan, but I downloaded the app and listened to that episode twice.
Great article, Chris, though you did leave out the part where a couple short months after failing to discredit Rogan over Ivermectin, they waged an obviously coordinated and nakedly transparent attempt to paint him as a racist. CNN is a brand forever tarnished and for good reason.
Jordan Peterson was interviewed by Piers Morgan in the last 48 hours.
Jordan spells out the deep emotions/mass psychology/soul bending with some examples of world wars, their leaders, populations, media and compares it to what we have today and where things could go.
Never heard anyone tell it like he did, a must watch...
There was a reply on Twitter to someone complaining about how they should restore some of the canceled accounts, and the reply went something like this:
It would make more sense if you think of Twitter the way you would a government-funded platform run like the DMV - or something like that.
If you open the lid to MSM bureaucracy and business as a whole, you'll find (among other things) the spouses of a lot of government officials running things, in addition to federal funding. A lot of this is documented in great detail all over the web. Another thing to keep in mind too is that while CNN is panned as trash domestically, I hear it's taken as gospel in Europe and other markets. Horrifying if (likely) true.
And by no means is this limited to CNN, or even television.
Great write up - excellent recap of one piece of today's shitshow - the MSM
CNN is a biased media platform with a hidden agenda to sway public opinion in the direction they want, in order to achieve the political and social results they want. CNN a real disgrace!
Waiting for Rogan to have an "alternative dialogue" to the Fox News narrative on all thing Trump. Not holding my breath.
At least they fired Jeff Tubin even earlier because they had too, he was the only joker stupid enough to get caught...
Rogan was great, his guests since these incidents have been rained in, now mostly fighters and comedians. There was some damage done to Spotify too with certain "artists" pulling their music from them. CNN made lots with the crap they did over the last 6+ years , and even today many watch and believe every word. Whats a joke, msnbc is even worst..