After Dr. Robert Malone appeared on the Joe Rogan Podcast, an angry open letter claiming to be from more than 270 “doctors” went viral.
The letter described Rogan as a “menace to public health” and demanded that Spotify censor the wildly popular podcaster for daring to question the official Covid narrative.
“As physicians, we bear the arduous weight of a pandemic that has stretched our medical systems to their limits and only stands to be exacerbated by the anti-vaccination sentiment woven into this and other episodes of Rogan’s podcast,” the letter stated.
‘Menace to public health’: 270 doctors call out Spotify over Joe Rogan’s podcast https://t.co/DhXJ0OPl10
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 14, 2022
Upon closer inspection, however, it appears that many of the health “experts” who signed the letter were not medical doctors at all. Researcher Jordan Schachtel revealed that only around 100 of the signatories were actually medical doctors with qualified medical degrees.
From Schachtel’s SubStack:
Paradoxically, the disseminators of this petition are guilty of the very misinformation label that they’ve attached to Rogan. In fact, neither of the two reported co authors of the letter — Jessica Rivera and Ben Rein — possess medical degrees. Rivera holds a master’s degree and Rein is a PhD academic who researches psychiatry.
The letter denouncing Joe Rogan and pressuring Spotify to censor his speech has all kinds of random signatories. By my count, the letter is signed by over 50 PhD academics, around 60 college professors, 29 nurses, 10 students, 4 medical residents, and even a handful of… science podcasters.
The letter, which uses the word misinformation nine times in five paragraphs, concludes with a call for Spotify to censor Rogan as part of a policy to “moderate misinformation on the platform.”Notably, there is no information on who or what group is behind the creation and circulation of the open letter. Rivera, the reported lead author of the letter, is associated with the far-left Rockefeller Foundation and The Atlantic, and she is a CNN contributor.
Indeed, some of the so-called medical “experts” are in fact activists, like “Cole The Science Dude” (pronouns He/Him):