Joe Rogan defends his vaccine programming

National Review’s Jim Geraghty quotes a statement by Rogan:

Rogan notes that the vaccine skeptics he had on his show include a cardiologist who is “the most published physician in his field in history,” and a doctor who pioneered development of MRNA vaccine technology.

Rogan:

The problem I have with the term disinformation, especially today, is that many of the things we thought of as misinformation a short while ago are now accepted as fact. For instance, eight months ago, if you said, “If you get vaccinated, you can still catch Covid, and you can still spread Covid” — you would be removed from social media. They would ban you from certain platforms. Now, that’s accepted as fact. If you said, “I don’t think cloth masks work,” you would be banned from social media. Now, that’s openly and repeatedly stated on CNN. If you said I think it’s possible that Covid-19 came from a lab, you would be banned from many social-media platforms. Now that’s on the cover of Newsweek. All of those theories, that at one point in time were banned, were openly discussed by those two men that I had on my podcast, that have been accused of ‘dangerous misinformation.’

I do not know if they’re right. I don’t know, because I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist. I’m just a person who sits down, and talks to people, and has conversations with them.

Do I get things wrong? Absolutely. I get things wrong. But I try to correct them. Whenever I get things wrong, I try to correct them. Because I’m interested in telling the truth.

Geraghty notes that Rogan is a Big Pharma critic.

As for me, I’m double-vaxxed, boosted. I go to public, indoor spaces as little as possible, and when I go I wear a KN95 mask. I follow government guidelines, not because I think government is perfect, but because I don’t see any better sources out there.

I don’t listen to Joe Rogan for a variety of reasons. His opinions are only part of it.

North Carolina man would rather ‘die free’ than get vaccine needed for life-saving transplant

Emma Colton on Fox News

A North Carolina man who said a hospital refused to carry out a kidney transplant because he’s unvaccinated against COVID-19 is willing to “die free” rather than comply with the vaccine requirement.

“I was born free. I will die free. I’m not changing my mind,” Chad Carswell told WSOC.

This poor man is dying over a foolish principle and a perverted idea of freedom.

Freedom is doing the right thing regardless of whether it is compulsory. Several famous Republican politicians oppose vax mandates but encourage getting the shot voluntarily.

It’s appropriate this story appears on Fox News, which is complicit in Carswell’s death by spreading anti-tax bullshit.

Magneto: These new ‘magnetic’ vaccine mutants are extremely disappointing — Alexandra Petri at The Washington Post.

I met the people who were saying that metal objects now stuck to them because of their vaccines and gave them a whole recruitment speech about how they were the next stage in evolution, but once I said the word “evolution,” they looked at me doubtfully. Then I asked them to show off their abilities, and — I hate to say this but, have you ever been at a friend’s amateur magic show, where the magic show is not going quite as was hoped, and there’s a lot of saying “hold on” and “wait, hang on” and “sorry” as they fail several times running to identify your card, and then a dead bird falls unprompted out of someone’s hat? Frankly, that would have been an improvement.