Joe Rogan is apologizing for an incorrect statement he made about the Portland fires.
Portland, Oregon is dealing with wildfires right now that have done damage to both the land and to the people that live there. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said on a recent edition of The Joe Rogan Experience that “left-wing people” started the wildfires in Portland.
“They’ve arrested left-wing people for lighting these forest fires,” Rogan said (via Karim Zidan of Bloody Elbow). “You know, air-quote, ‘activists.’ This is also something that’s not widely being reported.”
The FBI would quickly issue a statement refuting Rogan’s claims, saying that conspiracy theories and misinformation take away from those battling the wildfires.
“Conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away [from] local fire and police agencies working around-the-clock to bring these fires under control. Please help our entire community by only sharing validated information from official sources.”
Rogan subsequently apologized on Twitter.
I fucked up on the podcast with Douglas Murray and said that people got arrested lighting fires in Portland. That turns out to not be true. I was very irresponsible not looking into it before I repeated it. I read one story about a guy getting arrested for lighting fires...— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 18, 2020
...turned out to be true, but the other shit I read about people getting arrested for lighting fires in Portland was not true. I repeated it without looking into it and it was a really fucking stupid mistake that won’t happen again.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 18, 2020
According to the NPR, a total of 14 people have died in the recent California and Portland wildfires.