In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the podcast's namesake expressed strong support for independent journalists, praising their ability to uncover the truth behind the "vested interests of companies and corporations." "If it was not for independent journalism, we would be in a pickle, we would be in a really bad state because a lot of people got duped by the … pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the military-industrial complex." Rogan noted that the internet had enabled these journalists to “thrive” in a world dominated by mainstream media outlets that are “so corrupt” and “obviously indebted to the companies that pay for their advertising. If it wasn’t for them, we would be f*cked and it’s one of the beautiful things about the internet today. The internet today allows people like that to thrive, because these mainstream corporations are so corrupt. They’re so obviously indebted to the companies that pay for their advertising." [tweet_embed]March 23, 2023[/tweet_embed] As evidence of their influence, Rogan pointed to the Twitter Files, a series of investigations led by journalists such as Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss. This resulted in the unveiling of the social media giant's inner workings and shadowbanning of conservatives. This included the shadowbanning of conservatives, the banning of Donald Trump after the events of January 6, 2021, and the influence of government agencies in determining which individuals and topics Twitter should censor.