Joe Rogan defended Fox News personality Tucker Carlson and InfoWars host Alex Jones following criticism aimed at both men by CNN host Brian Stelter late last week.
Rogan, host of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, said Carlson and Jones had made “logical” points, while Stelter hadn’t addressed their arguments directly during his comments on the network’s Reliable Sources on Sunday.
Stelter called Carlson a “conspiracy-monger” and compared him to Jones, airing a supercut of clips contrasting the two hosts, after Carlson had claimed the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on him.
Rogan said: “Both men were saying things that are logical.”
He referred to claims about the January 6 Capitol riot.
“They’re both saying […] there was most likely agent provocateurs that at least had some part in that January 6 invasion of Capitol Hill. Like, that’s not an outrageous thing to say,” Rogan said.
Rogan took aim at Stelter, saying: “Just by connecting him to Alex Jones, he’s trying to dismiss Tucker Carlson.”
“But what he’s not dismissing is the actual veracity of the statements,” he said, going on to show a clip of the CNN comparison of Carlson and Jones.
“None of that is outrageous,” Rogan went on. “First of all, we know from Edward Snowden the NSA has been monitoring emails and everything. So that’s a fact.”
“The idea that they’re not monitoring Alex Jones is insane. Whether or not they’re monitoring Tucker Carlson, I don’t know. But we know they have the ability to do so. Edward Snowden exposed this,” he went on.
The NSA denied that Carlson is a target of surveillance in a rare public statement on June 29.
Rogan also made reference to comments by Carlson and Jones about COVID vaccinations. He said there were still risks with vaccines and that saying so wasn’t “crazy.”
Rogan offered more criticism of Stelter’s comments and questioned why CNN had aired them.
“This is coming from America’s trusted news source,” he said. “It’s not like [..] this is a Pizza Gate-type thing or, again, inter-dimensional child molesters or something completely crazy. What he’s saying are things that aren’t crazy to say at all,” Rogan said.
“The fact that they’ve decided to do this and compare them in such a disingenuous way — it’s really weird that is something the news would want to do.”
On July 4, Stelter said: “Carlson is a conspiracy-monger, but he’s far from the first.”
“Carlson is sounding more and more like InfoWars host and notorious conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. You can hear the similarities,” he added before showing clips of Carlson and Jones.
Jones, a well-known conspiracy theorist who has claimed chemicals in water turn frogs gay, defended Carlson in a video posted to the InfoWars website on July 5.
“The fact that Tucker Carlson, who’s a very smart individual, echoes a lot of the same things I say is not because he is even listening to me, it’s because he sees the same event happening,” Jones said.
Newsweek has asked Joe Rogan and CNN for comment.