Joe Rogan uploads damning evidence accusing CNN of altering his COVID announcement video: 'Yellow Journalism'

Joe Rogan charged CNN of "yellow journalism" on Friday, accusing the network of literally altering the Instagram video he posted last fall in which he announced he had become infected with COVID-19.

What are the details?

Rogan uploaded to Instagram his video announcement juxtaposed with CNN's broadcast in which they replayed his Instagram video.

In the video of CNN's broadcast, Rogan's video appears discolored. Whereas Rogan himself looks normal in his Instagram video, CNN's version shows a discolored Rogan who appears significantly more "sick" than in his own video.

"Turns out I got COVID. So we immediately threw the kitchen sink at it," Rogan said in the video. "Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, z-pack, prednisone."

Rogan posted the two videos with the caption, "Yellow Journalism" and the hashtag "#fakenews."

The video comparison generated a significant response, with top comments garnering tens of thousands of "likes." Most of the comments bashed CNN.

  • In the world of scientific publishing (a solid enterprise), image manipulation of that sort would be considered worthy of a permanent ban from publishing, and major legal responsibility," Stanford professor Andrew Huberman said.
  • "They Hit you with the zombie filter for the scaries," fitness influencer Bradley Martyn said.
  • "That is just the tip of the iceberg of their lies and distortions," podcast host Saagar Enjeti said.

Was this fact-checked?

The Associated Press fact-checked the claim that CNN edited the video to make Rogan "look sickly." The AP said the claim was false.

"False. An analysis of the video used by CNN in a report about talk show host Joe Rogan contracting COVID-19 found no sign that the color had been altered. CNN confirmed no changes were made to the color of the video," the AP reported.

In fact, the AP actually said that a "frame-by-frame analysis by The Associated Press and a digital forensic expert found no evidence of alteration." However, neither the AP, its digital forensic expert, nor CNN explained the obvious discoloration between the video that CNN aired and the video Rogan uploaded.

Is CNN's video still live?

Sure enough, the CNN video segment that Rogan showed in his Instagram video remains published on CNN's website. If you compare CNN's video with Rogan's original Instagram video, the podcast host appears obviously discolored.

Rogan has floated suing CNN for pushing the narrative that he took a "horse dewormer" when sick with COVID. In reality, Rogan took the human-form of ivermectin — not the form made for animals.

NYT ripped after heralding President Biden as most 'religiously observant' president in 50 years, responsible for bringing​ in era of 'liberal Christianity'

The New York Times faced stark criticism over the weekend after a singing Saturday piece titled, "In Biden's Catholic faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity" declared President Joe Biden as the most "religiously observant" American leader in 50 years.

What are the details of the piece?

In the article, the Times' Elizabeth Dias lauded Biden for his dedication to his Catholic faith, referring to him as the "most religiously observant commander-in-chief in half a century."

"There are myriad changes with the incoming Biden administration," Dias observes. "One of the most significant: a president who has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices."

"Mr. Biden," Dias continues, "perhaps the most religiously observant commander-in-chief in half a century, regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies. And with Mr. Biden, a different, more liberal Christianity is ascendant: less focused on sexual politics and more on combating poverty, climate changes and racial inequality."

This, according to Dias, is a direct contrast to former President Donald Trump and his "conservative Christianity," which was embodied in "white evangelical laser-focused on ending abortion and guarding against what they say as encroachments on their freedoms."

No, Dias writes, the new leadership under Biden is a "repudiation of the claim by many conservative leaders that Democrats are inherently anti-Christian."

Citing his inauguration speech as evidence that the president is different, the Times pointed out that the message "was a subtle and explicit effort to show a different version of a way in which a Christian could imagine themselves as part of a diverse America, one that is defined by these common objects of love, rather than by hate and fear or exclusion."

Specifically highlighting Biden's apparent stance on abortion, Dias adds, "While conservative Catholics have doubled down on abortion policy and religious freedom for the past four years, Mr. Biden's policy priorities reflect those of Pope Francis, who has sought to turn the church's attention from sexual politics to issues like environmental protection, poverty, and migration."

Those "issues," according to Dias, are achievements such as recommitting America to the Paris climate agreement. Other examples include ending the "Muslim Ban" and ceasing work on Trump's promised U.S-Mexico border wall.

"For many believers, the shift in the Christianity of the presidency is already personal," Dias notes. "On the eve of his inauguration, Mr. Biden led the nation in a memorial service on the mall for victims of the coronavirus pandemic. He adopted the posture of a chaplain, noted Michelle Ami Reyes, the vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, a group that started last year to combat anti-Asian racism rising from the pandemic."

"That is a deeply biblical posture, mourning with those who mourn," Reyes observed.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez added, "Mr. Biden's piety and personal story, his moving witness to how faith has brought him solace in times of darkness and tragedy, his longstanding commitment to the Gospel's priority for the poor — all of this I find hopeful and inspiring."

What was the response?

As highlighted by Fox News, a variety of pundits pointed out that former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were outspoken about their Christian faith.

Pastor and author Daniel Darling took to Twitter to air out his grievances on the article and wrote, "George W. Bush said Jesus Christ was his favorite philosopher and credited Billy Graham with changing his life. Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school. Cmon."

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Mary-Margaret Olohan of the Daily Caller News Foundation added, "Lest we forget, the media roundly mocked Amy Coney Barrett's Catholicism. Her adherence to Catholic principle was used to suggest that she was unfit to be a Supreme Court justice. People suggested her large family was extreme and that she adopted her children for show."

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Social media users made similar sentiments and said that Biden simply couldn't reconcile his Christianity with his apparent pro-choice stance.

One user wrote, "The New York Times says Joe Biden is a good Catholic? Wow that's rich for the MSM when you have a obviously demented fraudulently elected president who supports the taking of innocent life before birth....can't be CATHOLIC and support ABORTION."

Another wrote, "@nytimes views Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's catholic beliefs bad but Biden's good? Difference? One is Conservative and one is a Liberal. Further pushing their credibility down the toilet."

"If pro-abortion Joe Biden is a devout Roman Catholic like the laughable, lying, #FakeNews @nytimes reports he is, all devout Roman Catholics must be leftists. Roman Catholics wake-up, the left is destroying you're [sic] beliefs & u!" another user insisted.

Another social media user took the outlet to task over its reporting.

"Honestly, this is an example of how chronocentric our society has become," the user explained. "Everything new is the best, the greatest, or the most. With postmodern thought has come the lack of ability to think reflectively about the past meaningfully."

Yet another user said that Biden is hardly the barometer for Christian living.

"The NYT is the newspaper equivalent of Sponge Bob; intake literally makes people dumber," the user wrote. "Biden may believe in Christ, but unless he's also elected Pope (a possibility I won't comment upon) he's not the arbiter of what is or isn't moral/Christian for Catholics."

Mitch McConnell debunks 'myth' that the GOP won't have time to confirm a SCOTUS nominee

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate Monday to debunk claims that the Senate does not have sufficient time to consider a Supreme Court nominee before the general election in November.

Citing historical precedent, McConnell argued that the Senate has plenty of time to confirm a nominee and promised that there will be a vote on President Donald Trump's nominee this year.

"President Trump's nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate," McConnell said, reiterating a statement he issued Friday after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, passed away from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

"Now already, some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh are lining up to proclaim the third time will be the charm," he continued.

"The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present, and more threats against our institutions from the same people who've already been saying for months — well before this — already been saying for months they want to pack the court."

Already, Democrats and some in the media have misrepresented the so-called "McConnell rule," claiming the Republicans are hypocrites for promising to move forward with a Supreme Court nomination during an election year after previously refusing to consider President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill Justice Scalia's vacancy on the court in 2016. Though Democrats say McConnell's 2016 position was no Supreme Court confirmations during an election year, McConnell's actual position was that if the presidency and the Senate majority are of different political parties and cannot agree on a nominee, then the American people may resolve the matter with an election.

This year there is a GOP majority in the Senate and President Trump is a Republican president. Republicans have the constitutional power to fill a Supreme Court presidency and they say it is their obligation to do so.

McConnell also addressed "incorrect" claims that the Senate does not have time to complete the confirmation process before the election.

"We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee," McConnell said. "We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds."

"As of today there are 43 days until Nov. 3 and 104 days until the end of this Congress," McConnell said. "The late iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nominations — 19 days from start to finish."

"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens' entire confirmation process could've been played out twice between now and Nov. 3 with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could've been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare.

"The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear."

So far only two Senate Republicans have publicly stated their opposition to confirming Trump's nominee before the election.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters Friday she will not vote to confirm a new SCOTUS justice until after inauguration day, saying "fair is fair," presumably in reference to Republicans refusing to confirm Garland.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) issued a statement Saturday giving her support to holding confirmation hearings on Trump's nominee before the election but opposing a confirmation vote until afterward.

"In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently — no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee's beginning the process of reviewing his nominee's credentials," she said.

"In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd."

On Friday, Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) communications director Liz Johnson refuted a claim that Romney "committed" to not confirming a nominee until after Inauguration Day.

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Romney is reportedly waiting to meet with Sen. McConnell at Tuesday's GOP conference lunch before making a statement on his position.

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