Joe Rogan is getting lots of love from the far-right for promoting anti-vax propaganda, and there are even extremists twisting themselves into knots to defend his racist rhetoric as well. Of course, one of the right’s first defenses is always a good offense, all too frequently in the form of finger-pointing, even if it’s necessary to lie to find something to point at.
We see this in claims that Joe Biden was smuggling sex-trafficked children through tunnels under the White House, while the former president actually has been accused of sex crimes, for instance. We also see it when the right or their darlings get accused of racism — especially if there’s plenty of evidence.
In this case, it’s conservatives and q-anon-aligned folks trying to counter numerous cases of blatant racism on display from Joe Rogan’s podcast by pointing out that Biden once said the same racial slur, while serving as a U.S. Senator.
The latest round of it starts with ConservativeBrief, which told the true story with an inflammatory headline: “Video Clip Surfaces Showing Joe Biden Using The N-Word Two Times, We Have The Context” — bear in mind that social media shares often cut off the end of the headline. The author tweeted it himself with the comment, “A video like this could end a politician’s career.”
Again, the article itself tells the truth: Biden did quote the n-slur on camera, and there is context. He was reading a memo from Lawrence Chehardy, then a Tax Assessor in New Orleans, as he questioned Ronald Reagan’s nominee for Associate Attorney General in 1985.
It fairly and honestly noted that the clip was deceptively cut short to make it appear that those words were Biden’s own — though it also suggests that there’s some valid context for Rogan’s use of the word as well, though there’s no ‘context’ that would explain away Rogan’s glee at getting a guest to say the n-word, or for his describing a neighborhood as “planet of the apes’ because he didn’t see any white people.
Still, the article’s honesty about the viral Biden clip isn’t stopping anyone from using it dishonestly.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is among those who shared it, adding his own commentary that suggested there was a double-standard at hand:
It's okay. There is a different rule for Joe BIden than for Joe Rogan or any other Joe. The MSM further decimates their credibility by their duplicity. https://t.co/xIKZm0QyPV
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 7, 2022
Fortunately, a lot of people seem to follow Huckabee on Twitter with the intention of correcting disinformation, and they were quick to call him out.
Are you that desperate to find something?
He was literally quoting someone else.
Is there actual evidence you are a man of god… because you certainly don’t act like one.
— Heitgross (@eriksgrossman26) February 7, 2022
You didn't read the article, did you Mike?
— Timothy R. Lang (@langbdang) February 7, 2022
Way to ignore the greater context, Mike Huckabee. The fakest of fake “Christians”… bearing false witness as usual.
— Rich Campbell (@redunzl5) February 7, 2022
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