Joe Rogan, host of the “Joe Rogan Experience,” noted during a recent podcast that new Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who took over the company last week, had always been “very Left-leaning” until he saw the political Left begin to crackdown on those with dissenting views.
Rogan made the remarks while speaking with comedian Bridget Phetasy just several days after Musk closed on the $44 billion purchase, which took six months to finalize, to lead the social media company. Musk began his tenure as the company’s chief by firing all of its top executives and firing the company’s top lawyers.
The two started off by talking about some of the people that needed to be let back onto the platform because they were banned for political reasons and not because they actually violated any serious rules.
Rogan noted that the political Left has “been enjoying the fact that it’s an ideological thought bubble, that Twitter has only enforced Left-wing ideologies.”
“And they’ve suppressed any conservative ideologies, even amongst reasonable, kind people that don’t share the same ideology,” Rogan said. “That’s f***ing bad for our society.”
“What Elon wants to bring back to Twitter is reasonable exchange of ideas,” Rogan, who is friends with Musk, said. “That’s like, he really thinks it’s important.”
“I think it’s important too, but it’s rare that someone is that wealthy that can do that,” Rogan continued. “And also, he was very Left-leaning for most of his life until really recently, the pandemic in particular and the way people have sort of enforced these ideologies, regardless of whether or not the science supports it. And he thinks it’s bad. And I think it’s true. I think, I think we have a real problem with discourse, particularly like discourse on Twitter.”
Rogan noted that what some people “would like to do is silence the people that have opposing viewpoints.”
“And then you get all this positive feedback from all the people that agree with you,” Rogan said, adding that those people view the people that they are censoring as a “Nazi fascists.”