This is not hyperbole. This is not a joke. CNN actually ran an article with the headline: “Joe Rogan’s use of the n-word is another January 6 moment.” Just when we all thought the incessant lying about Russian Collusion, nonstop anxiety-generating Covid case tickers, sex scandals, and general scumminess of on-air personalities couldn’t damage the propaganda outlet more, web editors decided to push out an article suggesting Rogan’s – not new, mind you – videotapes of n-word usage was on par with the events of January 6th.
You know what is hyperbole and a joke? The massive propaganda machine that is headquartered in Atlanta. In their own words, here is how CNN framed this on-going attack on Rogan:
“The podcaster Joe Rogan did not join a mob that forced lawmakers to flee for their lives. He never carried a Confederate flag inside the US Capitol rotunda. No one died trying to stop him from using the n-word.
But what Rogan and those that defend him have done since video clips of him using the n-word surfaced on social media is arguably just as dangerous as what a mob did when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6 last year.”
If the Babylon Bee wanted to write an article mocking corporate media’s embarrassing tailspin into oblivion it’s hard to imagine them writing something more insane than this.
Unlike the Bee, unfortunately, this article just keeps going and going and going. Not convinced readers would digest this outrageous comparison, they kept mentioning it explicitly. Here is how else they regurgitate the same nonsense:
“[O]nce we allow a White public figure to repeatedly use the foulest racial epithet in the English language without experiencing any form of punishment, we become a different country.
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We accept the mainstreaming of a form of political violence that’s as dangerous as the January 6 attack.”
There’s a lot to comment on the Rogan case that has been covered at length. It’s obvious no one really cares about this, because it comes on the tail of Neil Young’s failed ultimatum. This entire attack on Rogan is nothing more than political. These tapes have been in the public sphere for years and we’re supposed to think people are suddenly and genuinely bothered by them? Sorry, not happening.
So that’s how honest people discuss this entire situation. But CNN is not honest, so they write, by my estimation, over 1,000 words on the use of a word that is uttered more times in a single gangster rap track than Rogan has ever publicly said in his entire broadcasting career. Just take this last bit in, if you can:
“Something else happens that’s even more deadly. When people in positions of power use dehumanizing language to describe other groups, atrocities often follow.
This is not ancient history: Consider what happened less than 30 years ago in Rwanda when some 800,000 civilians were slaughtered in a three-month period in 1994. Hutu extremists targeted both the Tutsi minority, who were a majority of those killed, as well as moderate Hutus.
?Genocide is a worst-case scenario. But we don’t have to look as far as Rwanda to see how quickly civic norms can change when people in power start lowering standards. Earlier this month the Republican National Committee drafted a resolution calling the deadly January 6 insurrection “legitimate political discourse.”
There you have it. CNN can somehow connect the dots of Rogan’s use of the n-word to Janaury 6th, and from there to Rwandan genocide. These people live in a different world.