Joe Rogan this week accused members of the mainstream media of acting like a “propaganda department” over some recent coverage of the violent anti-police protests in Atlanta.
The host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” criticized media portrayals of the Atlanta protests and similar situations during a discussion about the rise of media bias and tribalism in the public discourse.
“‘Mostly peaceful, oh it’s mostly peaceful.’ “They were calling it mostly peaceful,” Rogan said during Wednesday’s podcast. You’re not the f-king propaganda department, you can’t explain things to calm people down.”
Rogan did not mention any particular segment of the protest or any particular network that drew his ire.
However, guest Adam Curry noted that the violence in Atlanta happened in the “backyard” of CNN, which is headquartered in the city and has faced ire from the right for its portrayal of violent protests in the recent past.
Rogan added, “One has to come up with what they do, but do it in a way where you’re not lying, where you’re just giving information, uncomfortable information that maybe people don’t want to hear. Rogan continued.
Last Saturday, an angry mob set fire to a police vehicle, smashed windows and vandalized walls. The violence took place in front of a building that housed the Atlanta Police Foundation.
Crowds took to the streets of Atlanta last Wednesday to protest the shooting death of a 26-year-old activist. The initial protest took place at the site of a planned police training facility that critics have dubbed “Cop City”.
Officials said the worker was killed after firing on soldiers trying to evacuate the area, injuring one officer.
Atlanta Police Chief Darren Schierbaum said authorities arrested six people and recovered explosives last week.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, a Democrat, said the group of six was responsible for the outbreak of violence.
“They had explosives. They burned a police car, they broke business windows. And so our police department, along with our state and federal partners, responded quickly within two blocks. and brought the situation under control,” Dickens said.
On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated 1,000 members of the National Guard to guard against the possibility of more violence this weekend.
CNN and other left-leaning networks have previously faced criticism for their coverage of violent protests in US cities in the summer of 2020, after the police-involved death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests. gave birth