Did Joe Rogan discuss a "scathing documentary" about an impending attack on the United States during an episode of Rogan's podcast partly shown in a video posted on Facebook? No, that's not true: A transcript of the full episode featuring Russell Brand never mentions Teddy Daniels or his documentary about an attack that supposedly would wipe out 90 percent of the U.S. population in weeks. The transcript shows Rogan did not make any statements about the attack or say that information about it was being censored. Several audio clips used in the video appear to be inauthentic.
The claim appeared in a video (archived here) on Facebook on November 15, 2023, under the title "Whistleblower Sounds ALARM On Impending 'Attack..." The caption was: "A leaked report is spreading across the internet, and the deep state is trying to remove it..." The video began:
This is madness. Blatant lies that CNN was telling about it.
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Nov 29 20:55:04 2023 UTC)
The 1-minute, 53-second video shows Rogan speaking with actor Russell Brand. This is from episode 1949 of his podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience" (archived here), which aired on Spotify on March 2, 2023. The video opens with a real quote from Rogan. According to the full podcast on Spotify, beginning at about the 2:27 mark, Rogan and Brand were discussing the media coverage of ivermectin during the pandemic. Rogan said, "but the blatant lies that CNN was telling about it," which was a response to Brand saying there should have been a conversation about ivermectin. He was referring to the drug that was touted as a cure for COVID-19 in the beginning of the pandemic but was dismissed by health officials as an effective treatment.
Lead Stories searched the episode but neither Rogan nor Brand made any statement regarding a purported secret Homeland Security report about an imminent attack on the United States. They also did not mention Teddy Daniels, a former candidate (archived here) for office in Pennsylvania, or his "scathing documentary" that exposes the supposed imminent attack. The audio appears to be AI-generated to sound like Rogan but does not match what he said during the podcast.
The voice that sounds like Rogan says the following phrases, none of which are in the episode posted on Spotify:
:05 Y'all know we've had some wild conversations on my podcast.
:11 There was a recently leaked report from Homeland Security that has me very very concerned.
:17 I think you're the one who initially told me about this.
:22 It talks about a catastrophic event, a massive one, one the world has never seen before.
:40 This type of attack would wipe out 90 percent of the U.S. population within weeks.
:50 There's actually this guy his name is Teddy Daniels.
1:00 He put together a scathing documentary that breaks down everything.
Lead Stories previously debunked the claim posted by the same account on Facebook that former President Donald Trump's real voice was used in a video to endorse the same documentary as the one mentioned in this fact check.
Other Lead Stories fact checks about Joe Rogan can be found here.