Veterinarians. Cannabis farmer. Many of ‘270 doctors’ on letter urging Spotify to censor Joe Rogan ‘are not medical doctors’

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Reports that “270 doctors” demanded Spotify censor podcaster Joe Rogan, calling him a “menace to public health,” were not all they seemed to be.

In fact, after some scrutiny, it seems some reports that the letter was signed by a large group of doctors are “simply not accurate,” and included pharmacists, nurses, and veterinarians. While last week’s open letter to the streaming company Spotify was portrayed as being written by health or medical professionals, and many outlets, such as The Hill, noted that a “coalition of doctors and science educators” had signed the letter, it was the letter itself that raised some eyebrows.

Investigative journalist Jordan Schachtel noted that “the authors of the letter and the vast majority of its signatories are not medical doctors,” writing that “the letter itself is misinformation” because “neither reported co-author of the letter is a physician.”

“Paradoxically, the disseminators of this petition are guilty of the very misinformation label that they’ve attached to Rogan. The two reported co-authors — Jessica Rivera and Ben Rein — don’t possess MDs. Rivera holds a master’s degree & Rein is a PhD who researches psychiatry,” Schachtel wrote, noting that three vets had signed on to the letter.

He also noted that they had “ghost edited” the removal of “a cannabis farmer with a HS diploma” from the list.

The letter to Spotify had called out Rogan’s popular podcast show for a “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“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 so-called medical experts had written.

Schachtel shared another Twitter user’s “breakdown of the ridiculousness.”

Schachtel’s highlighting of the “misinformation” sparked widespread reaction on Twitter.


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