Mick Jagger may have said it best.
“What a drag it is getting old,” Jagger crooned in The Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper.”
It’s not just the aches and pains that aging brings. It’s how some, as they get older, betray their core principles. Howard Stern, the former prince of free speech, now broadcasts from his germ-free home where he ignores the Cancel Culture fights defining our age.
Rebel rocker Neil Young ranted against a comedy podcaster last year because he feared the “wrong” information about a pandemic might be shared. (While ignoring mainstream media outlets doing just that)
Now, add 76-year-old Jann Wenner to that list.
The man who founded Rolling Stone magazine argued with Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan recently about the need for government censorship.
Wenner is all for it. Rogan, who sees the censorial tide washing over western culture, stands against it.
Rolling Stone magazine once stood for ’60s-era counter culture. Free speech, man, and down with The Man.
That Rolling Stone no longer exists.
The current model is on board with the woke revolution and supports Cancel Culture. Consider the mag’s tone when it comes to Dave Chappelle, savaged for telling jokes about the trans community.
It couldn’t be more clear where RS comes down on the matter.
Wenner made that point obvious during his Rogan chat. The two discussed the Internet and social media, leading to a curious exchange about regulation.
The Rolling Stone founder wants Biden, Inc. to oversee it. He “absolutely” trusts the government here, ignoring all the chicanery currently going on with government overreach.
- Biden colluding with Big Tech to silence conservative voices
- Biden proposing a “misinformation” board
- Biden siccing the Justice Dept. on parents protesting at local school board meetings
Rogan shared why Wenner’s proposal is dangerous for the country.
“If they’re gonna be in power and they’re regulating the internet, they’re gonna regulate the internet in a way that suits their best interest. The same way they do with the banking industry, the same way they do with the environment, the same way they do with energy, the same way they do with everything.”
The podcaster spoke up on behalf of free speech, fearing the impact corporate interests may have on it. Wenner still demands Big Government put its thumb down on the web.
“But there’s no way to do that except through the government… There’s no way that you can do that except through the government… Human nature’s not gonna change,” Wenner said.
“But the government’s not gonna change either,” Rogan added.
“But the government is capable of change,” Wenner said.
Two concepts jump out from the exchange.
One, Wenner’s total trust in government. Did he feel the same way when he started Rolling Stone magazine? How about two-plus years ago when a certain real estate mogul lived in The White House?
Will Wenner hold that opinion should Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes the presidential oath in early 2025? If not, isn’t there a problem with his worldview?
More importantly, why does Wenner fear the free flow of information? He’s not alone, alas. Hollywood is mostly silent on censorial forces in the modern age.
Journalists routinely decry figures like Elon Musk who want more speech, not less.
“Saturday Night Live,” the premiere comedy platform of our time, loathes Musk for that very reason.