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Behar Defends Joe Rogan’s Free Speech: ‘You Cannot Simply Choose and Select’

In a kind of surprising second on the high of Wednesday’s The View, usually incendiary co-host Pleasure Behar defended podcaster Joe Rogan’s freedom of speech from calls he be de-platformed from Spotify for “misinformation.” She even went at it with co-host Sunny Hostin, saying if you happen to don’t like what he says, “counter it” with your personal speech.

The opening tease pitched the section as a query to the boundaries of the proper to free speech. “The suitable to misinform? After rock legend Neil Younger threatens to drag his music off Spotify except they fireplace their largest podcast famous person, Joe Rogan for pushing COVID misinformation,” the announcer mentioned. “Certainly one of Rogan’s most outspoken detractors, Howard Stern, involves his protection.”

Including: “However ought to free speech that might be lethal nonetheless be protected underneath the First Modification?

After co-host Whoopi Goldberg gave a fast overview of the state of affairs at Spotify, she regarded to the remainder of the desk and requested: “The place is Spotify? Is it Spotify’s job to select this up and run with the ball?”

Behar instantly jumped to Rogan’s protection. “No, no. It isn’t Spotify’s job. We’ve a First Modification on this nation. We’ve to keep it up. You’ll be able to’t simply choose and select once you need to use the First Modification,” she forcefully declared.

Oh, I disagree with that,” Hostin shot again earlier than Behar was completed, kicking off the argument.

 

 

Behar proceeded to notice that she doesn’t like Rogan however thinks the way in which to counter him was by utilizing their very own speech and never “cancel” him:

BEHAR: I imply, I agree Joe Rogan is a horror, a horror.

GOLDBERG: Mm-hmm.

BEHAR: However the way in which to counter that, dangerous speech is with extra speech. The way in which to counter it’s with boycotts.

GOLDBERG: Mm-hmm.

BEHAR: I love Neil for doing this. Neil Younger. He is from the 60s, you realize, the place musicians took political stands in these days. They did not simply let issues go the way in which they’re doing now. I imply, I do not see too many individuals taking a stand proper now. So, perhaps different musicians will comply with go well with.

And that shall be reputable. It isn’t a cancel tradition. It is a consequence tradition, and the way in which we deal with it’s we do not purchase Spotify. We ignore Spotify,” she added.

Hostin seemingly discovered that unacceptable, suggesting Spotify must be “good company residents.” “Individuals at all times got here down on Fb, they usually got here down on Twitter they usually mentioned they’re disseminating all this harmful info. Do not they’ve some accountability for it,” she pressed.

She then claimed to Behar’s shock that she wasn’t saying “Joe Rogan must be faraway from Spotify,” however felt Spotify ought to take measures in opposition to him like slapping “disclaimers” on his podcasts. And that decision for disclaimers quickly unfold to Fox Information as Behar shockingly defended them as nicely:

BEHAR: So, in accordance with lots of people, they might take away Fox TV additionally. You’ll be able to attempt to get Fox off your cable imaginative and prescient if you’d like.

HOSTIN: Properly, there must be disclaimers.

BEHAR: Or disclaimers. However you may’t simply cancel the present as a result of now we have the First Modification.

This got here a few weeks after the panel spread their own misinformation about COVID-19.

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The transcript is beneath, click on “increase” to learn:

ABC’s The View
January 26, 2022
11:00:25 a.m. Japanese [Opening tease]

ANNOUNCER: The suitable to misinform? After rock legend Neil Younger threatens to drag his music off Spotify except they fireplace their largest podcast famous person, Joe Rogan for pushing COVID misinformation. Certainly one of Rogan’s most outspoken detractors, Howard Stern, involves his protection.

HOWARD STERN: I am in opposition to any form of censorship actually.

ANNOUNCER: However ought to free speech that might be lethal nonetheless be protected underneath the First Modification?

(…)

11:03:08 a.m. Japanese

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: The place is Spotify? Is it Spotify’s job to select this up and run with the ball?

JOY BEHAR: No, no. It isn’t Spotify’s job. We’ve a First Modification on this nation. We’ve to keep it up. You’ll be able to’t simply choose and select once you need to use the First Modification.

SUNNY HOSTIN: Oh, I disagree with that.

BEHAR: Okay. Properly, I will let you know what I imply, what I feel.

HOSTIN: Okay.

BEHAR: I imply, I agree Joe Rogan is a horror, a horror.

GOLDBERG: Mm-hmm.

BEHAR: However the way in which to counter that, dangerous speech is with extra speech. The way in which to counter it’s with boycotts.

GOLDBERG: Mm-hmm.

BEHAR: I love Neil for doing this. Neil Younger. He is from the 60s, you realize, the place musicians took political stands in these days. They did not simply let issues go the way in which they’re doing now. I imply, I do not see too many individuals taking a stand proper now. So, perhaps different musicians will comply with go well with.

And that shall be reputable. It isn’t a cancel tradition. It is a consequence tradition, and the way in which we deal with it’s we do not purchase Spotify. We ignore Spotify.

HOSTIN: Yeah, however do not you need good company residents, Pleasure? I imply, you could have, you realize, folks at all times got here down on Fb, they usually got here down on Twitter they usually mentioned they’re disseminating all this harmful info. Do not they’ve some accountability for it? It’s their platform, it’s their enterprise. And I desire a good company citizen. I desire a citizen that has a coverage. I imply, I am not saying that Joe Rogan must be faraway from Spotify. He is acquired 11 million listeners.

BEHAR: Properly then, what you’re saying?

HOSTIN: He is acquired $100 million contract as of 2020. However I do suppose because the podcast platform, you need to have some kind of pointers. How a couple of disclaimer on his podcast?

BEHAR: Okay. That is tremendous.

HOSTIN: That claims, you realize, that is misinformation. How about eradicating a number of the podcasts that disseminate that info?

SARA HAINES: They’ve. They’ve.

[Crosstalk]

BEHAR: So, in accordance with lots of people, they might take away Fox TV additionally. You’ll be able to attempt to get Fox off your cable imaginative and prescient if you’d like.

HOSTIN: Properly, there must be disclaimers.

BEHAR: Or disclaimers. However you may’t simply cancel the present as a result of now we have the First Modification.

HOSTIN: I agree with you.

BEHAR: All proper.

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