Thank you for taking the time to read this, and also for the respectful disagreement!

To be fair, I do agree that it would be nice if Rogan familiarized himself a little more with his guests’ arguments before he had them on and tried to at least play devil’s advocate a bit more often. That’s the one criticism of him that I sort of do agree with.

That being said, I still have to politely disagree with your conclusions. My feeling is that people who turn to the alt-right after listening to Rogan’s podcast are people who were already on that journey before they discovered Rogan. And in my experience, political extremists tend to hear what they want to hear, meaning that it doesn’t matter that much whether Rogan challenges his guests or not. On the rare occasion that he does push back against a right-wing guest, the alt-righters on social media mock him for acting like a “snowflake” or SJW even when it’s clear that the evidence is on his side. If Rogan wasn’t around, I suspect the vast majority of those people would have ended up in the same ideological bubble they’re in right now. Everything they hear and read gets filtered through an abnormally bitter and cynical lens, and I would argue that that lens is the real gateway to their extremist views, not Rogan’s podcast.

Of course, that’s just my opinion on the matter, and we can always agree to disagree. Either way, thanks again for reading. Enjoy your weekend!

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