Joe Rogan mocks resurfaced NYT essay comparing Biden to Beethoven

A corporate media credibility check saw Joe Rogan handily tear into one of the first outlets to turn on the president’s campaign after previously running a puff piece about his “late style.”

“In this respect, the president has something in common with Beethoven, Wagner and Martin Scorsese.”

For many who routinely tune out of politics or rely on the major networks and cable news, President Joe Biden’s debate with former President Donald Trump was an eye-opening, unfiltered exposure to the leader of the free world’s questionable mental acumen. While average citizens lived through the surreal take on “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the editorial board of The New York Times behaved as though they were equally shocked, insisting it was best for the incumbent to step aside before Nov. 5.

Taking to X Thursday, Rogan was not so quick to let the Times’ record of gaslighting go by unchecked as he sarcastically roasted a headline from March 9, 2024, that read, “For Joe Biden, What Seems Like Age Might Instead Be Style.”

With the subheading from literary critic A.O. Scott asserting, “In this respect, the president has something in common with Beethoven, Wagner and Martin Scorsese,” the podcast host mocked to his more than 12.5 million followers, “Oh, OK. I feel better now.”

Like a motivational speaker visiting an assisted living facility, Scott endeavored to rattle off as many well-known and highly-acclaimed figures whose careers had extended into the later stages of their lives as though it were an apples-to-apples comparison — instead of apples-to-apple sauce.

“In criticism, to speak of a late style is to highlight the way certain artists, at the end of their careers, enter a new and distinctive phase of creativity. Sometimes they produce a succession of masterpieces that both fulfill and transcend the promise of the earlier work: Richard Wagner’s final run of operas; the three major novels Henry James published at the start of the 20th century; the movies Martin Scorsese is making now,” flowed the pomposity of the opinion piece. “In other cases, an older artist will revisit familiar themes with a new sense of playfulness and freedom, like Henri Matisse making cutouts, Shakespeare bending the rules of genre in ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘The Tempest’ or Bob Dylan reshuffling the pages of his own songbook.”

Worth noting, as Scott went on to bring up Clint Eastwood after citing German Theorist Theodor Adorno’s opinion on the later works of Ludwig van Beethoven was that the composer had died at the age of 56. Likewise, Wagner lived to 69-years-old and Shakespeare made it to 52 before he passed away.

Biden would be 82-years-old at the time of his inauguration to a second term if he were elected for a sequel to the four-year live production of “Weekend at Bernie’s” White House edition.

Of course, the “late style” only applied to the octogenarian as Scott made sure to rip Trump, saying: “He is manifestly the same figure he has been at least since he entered electoral politics in 2015. That may be one reason that his age seems less relevant to voters.”

Mind you, the gaslighting hasn’t come to a close, but instead has refocused. Outlets have unified in their doomsaying over a proposal for Trump’s agenda in a potential second term dubbed “Project 2025,” while the Associated Press ran cover for the addled incumbent described as, “Often sharp and focused but sometimes confused and forgetful.”

However much disdain you harbor for the media, as has often been pointed out, it’s likely not enough and was therefore worthy of the mockery heaped Rogan invited with his post.

Kevin Haggerty


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