As I said in my last comment, I think anyone who hosts an alt-right spokesperson on their platform for an interview is acting as a gateway. You’re giving that person a platform to spread their ideas. I stand by that.

Fair enough! My idea of a gateway is a little different from yours, but I see where you’re coming from on this.

But regardless of whether the library analogy works, I do agree with this point. Which is why I’m not advocating for Rogan to stop interviewing these people. I just think he needs to be a little more selective about who he invites on.

This is a really interesting point that I hadn’t considered before you showed up here; the notion that someone could potentially be a gateway to extremism, but that it might not necessarily be wrong to take on that role if the only alternative is to engage in self-censorship — I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone frame it that way. So thank you for that! You gave me something to chew on for a bit, and I’m legit grateful!

P.S. I do feel the same way about Alex Jones specifically. I’m all in favor of engaging honest controversial guests, but Jones doesn’t fall into that category. I wouldn’t have minded it if Rogan just did the one interview with him and left it at that.

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