Two hundred seventy self-proclaimed “doctors” co-signed an open letter to Spotify urging the company to take action against podcast host Joe Rogan for promoting so-called COVID-related “misinformation.”
Mainstream media rushed to circulate the letter, and many prominent outlets actively ran headlines calling Rogan a “menace to public health.”
However, a closer look found that most of the signatories are either not direct medical providers or are not legally permitted to practice medicine on their own.
Almost one hundred signatories claim to have Ph.D. degrees but do not regularly practice.
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Media outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and others published content highlighting the letter to Spotify. The articles describe an influential coalition of doctors who requested that Spotify “implement a misinformation policy.”
Upon review, only 87 of the signatories are actual medical doctors. It was the news site The Blaze that first reported this detail.
The remaining 183 signatories include nurse practitioners, veterinarians, a dentist, and about 100 Ph.D.’s and Ph.D. candidates. Psychologists, physicians’ assistants, medical students, engineers, and podcast hosts were also part of the list.
The group’s letter urged Spotify to “take action against mass-misinformation events” on its platform. The group criticized Rogan for propagating “misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine” throughout the pandemic.
The group also remarked that Dr. Malone had been suspended from Twitter for a similar pattern of misinformation.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine,” says the letter. “This is not only a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions, and Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform.”
Rogan’s show is exclusive to Spotify. The show has become a target of the left-leaning media throughout the pandemic. Last week, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann called him the “stupidest f—–g guy on the planet.”
CNN invited one of the signatories from the letter to speak about their effort on the network’s struggling morning show “New Day.” During the episode, co-host Brianna Keilar ridiculed Rogan for “moving the goalposts” after a recent guest fact-checked him.
Spotify has not publicly addressed the letter as of now.