Over the last week, a petition on change.org, “petitioning for the Commission on Presidential Debates to elect Joe Rogan as the moderator for the 2020 Presidential Debate” has gone viral.
Joe Rogan, Comedian and UFC commentator, has been an important part of the podcast world and media for the past several years with The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan has a wide array of guests and with his popularity, the calibre of famous guests continually increases.
He’s been compared to everything from the next generation Walter Cronkite to David Letterman. Earlier this year, Justin Peters with Slate said Joe’s podcast has become “an essential platform for “freethinkers” who hate the left.
Rogan has left-wing, right-wing, independent, and apolitical guests on his show. (You can search guests in his more than 1,300 episodes here.) You know there is a wide range when Bernie Sanders and Jordan Peterson can seamlessly fill the same space.
This is the latest statement from Ashton Stowell, who created the petition four months ago:
Over the last 72 hours, our petition for “Joe Rogan to Moderate the 2020 Presidential Debate” has blown up rapidly and much to our surprise. I would like to say a sincere thank you to everybody who has signed, shared, and chipped in. Every single person sharing this movement is part of something important that will show those in power that the American people (and those involved in American politics abroad) are dissatisfied with the current presidential debate process. While the petition is still growing, we need your help to maintain the momentum that this petition has gained. So, if you want to take part in reaching the ears of the Commission on Presidential Debates, please consider sharing and/or chipping in. Sharing the petition is also vital! Send the link to your family, friends, local news stations, etc. To those who chip in, the money will go directly through Change.org and fund further promotion and advertisement of this petition. No funds are allocated to us. We hope to continue to expand the impact of this movement and would love for you to join in!
The contrived format of the political debates seems an unlikely fit with Rogan’s 2-3 hour average show format, but podcast lovers can dream.
At the end of the day, what does the man himself think about all this? Wednesday, Rogan mentioned the petition and said that it isn’t happening (22 minutes into his recent episode with Jim Gaffigan).
Still want to sign the petition?
Get Joe Rogan to Moderate the 2020 Presidential Debate