Shady Business: Jon Stewart Exposes Apple's Attempted Podcast Censorship

By Victor Smiroff | Wednesday, 03 April 2024 12:00 PM
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Jon Stewart, the host of "The Daily Show," has alleged that tech giant Apple requested the censorship of a podcast he was developing in relation to his former series on AppleTV+.

The revelation came during an interview with Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Stewart informed Khan that he had previously desired to interview her for the podcast, a spin-off from his Apple series "The Problem With Jon Stewart," but was dissuaded by Apple. "They literally said, 'Please don't talk to her,'" Stewart claimed, adding, "Having nothing to do with what you do for a living, I don’t think they cared for you.” The timeline of these events remains unclear, as Stewart's show was cancelled by Apple in October 2023.

Stewart also suggested that Apple's reluctance was not solely due to Khan's role at the FTC, as her FTC was not involved in Apple's antitrust lawsuit. He further criticized the company for its alleged sensitivity and reluctance to engage in public discourse. "They wouldn’t let us do even that dumb thing we just did in the first act on AI," Stewart said. "Like, what is that sensitivity? Why are they so afraid to even have these conversations out in the public sphere?”


The conversation between Stewart and Khan also explored the purported monopoly established by Amazon and other major tech companies, and its impact on U.S. businesses. In March, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and several state attorneys general filed antitrust suits against Apple, accusing the company of illegally monopolizing the cell phone market, among other aspects of their technological development.


Khan responded to these allegations by highlighting the dangers of power concentration in a few companies. "I think it just shows the danger of what happens when you concentrate so much power and so much decision-making in a small number of companies," Khan said. She and her team are currently investigating the root cause of the alleged monopoly issues within U.S. businesses and seeking to identify the key players in these industries.

Stewart proposed that "Biblical sin" could be at the heart of these alleged behaviors. Apple has yet to respond to the Daily Caller's request for comment on Stewart's allegations.