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Two IDWs spread a lie to help Trump's Reichstag Fire campaign strategy

Vulture reports on two IDWs spreading a lie 

Joe Rogan Is Already a Headache for Spotify

The first involves a brush with misinformation. On Thursday, The Joe Rogan Experience published an episode with Douglas Murray, the conservative British political commentator, in which Rogan repeated a claim, derived from a conspiracy theory, that “left-wing people” have been arrested for intentionally causing wildfires in Oregon. That conspiracy theory had already been debunked by several mainstream news sources by the episode’s publication, and while Rogan’s citation of the claim seemed to be more of an aside contributing to the flow of the episode’s conversation on Murray’s “madness of crowds” ideas, the whole thing nonetheless added up to a situation where a piece of misinformation — which might be inflammatory or harmful, depending on how you interpret the impact mechanics of misinformation — ended up being spread further by an extremely popular podcast that’s now being paid for, hosted, and distributed by a major audio streaming platform.

Rogan’s recitation of the conspiracy theory turned out to be inadvertent, and to his credit, Rogan issued an apology over his social media accounts the next day, explaining that he had been misled by an article that he had read.

Here’s the version of the statement that went out over Twitter:

Pinkerite has never mentioned the activities of Douglas Murray, but he is a genuine named member of the Intellectual Dark Web, and certainly just as right-wing and sleazy as Rogan.

And it makes sense that two IDWs would spread a lie that helps Trump. I am convinced that many members or friends of the Intellectual Dark Web are working directly or indirectly with the Trump campaign.

Back in May I expressed my doubts about Rogan succeeding on the Spotify platform, due to his bigotry. So I wasn't surprised to read in Motherboard:
Some staff inside the company feel alienated by Spotify's hosting of certain The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) episodes, according to copies of some of the questions presented to the meeting obtained by Motherboard. The news signals how Spotify, as it moves into the podcasting space beyond music, is facing content moderation decisions more commonly associated with social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Spotify has already removed JRE episodes with some right-wing figures, including Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes.

Meanwhile Hillary hating extremist Glenn Greenwald defends Joe Rogan. The IDW and the far Left have much in common, as I have noted previously - in fact in the same article in which I discussed Rogan's deal with Spotify.


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