This is a true statement (except maybe Crowder, sometimes I’m not sure). But the problem is there is a lot of overlap between many of these people and alt-right audiences which creates the gateway effect in the YouTube algorithm. It doesn’t matter whether they are personally sympathetic to the alt-right.
Crowder is an interesting case. From what I’ve seen of him, I don’t believe he’s alt-right, or even that he tries to court them as viewers. At the same time, I think he’s good at sort of distancing himself from certain people without actually pushing them away, if that makes sense. And I feel like he does that sometimes with the alt-right crowd. Then again, even if I’m right about that, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s doing it deliberately. Could just be his personality.
All of Rogan’s interviews with Jordan Peterson have 4.5–5.5m views. By contrast, the most popular interview with a left-winger I could find (Kuliniski)has about 1.7m views.
This doesn’t surprise me. But as you pointed out, it does have a lot to do with Youtube’s algorithm. I also think it says something about the selective viewing that many of Rogan’s “fans” engage in. IOW, a lot of Rogan fans aren’t actual fans of the podcast; they’re fans of specific guests and follow those guests wherever they go. I know we don’t agree on that though, and that’s totally fine.
Even better, I’d like if he had on a competent leftist like Michael Brooks to debate someone like JP on these issues.
No argument from me on this. I wouldn’t mind more episodes where Rogan acts more like a moderator between two guests. It plays to his strengths and provides a nice break from the usual format, which I quite like!