Steve Bannon's Trial Is Giving His Podcast a Boost

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon may be on trial on charges of contempt of Congress, but his podcast is riding higher than ever before.

The podcast, Bannon's War Room, has risen to a monthly high rank of 44 among all U.S. podcasts on Apple podcasts, according to podcast metrics company Chartable. Bannon's War Room is also still in the top 10 news podcasts on Apple's streaming service.

In fact, the relative rank of Bannon's podcast can be directly corralated with the build-up to the trial, as Newsweek's graphic shows.

While the lead-up to the trial has led to an increase in listeners to the podcast, there have also been times recently where The War Room's popularity took a noticeable dip. The podcast's ranking fell after he called for an "army of the awakened" to "shatter" Democrats on June 25.

However, there have been two notable spikes. One is when Bannon took Joe Rogan to task for saying that he wouldn't have Donald Trump on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.

"By the way, I'm not a Trump supporter in any way, shape or form," Rogan said on his show. "I've had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once — I've said no, every time. I don't want to help him."

Bannon fired back on his own podcast. "You got Joe Rogan over there, trash-talking Trump. I don't give Trump any platform. No offense. He doesn't need your platform. He doesn't need your low-information voters," he said.

At this point, Bannon's podcast took a leap over a few days from ranking 160th among all podcasts to 61st.

The other major spike has been Bannon's trial, which started this week. The podcast has moved to 44th, the highest in the data available, up from 92nd.

Bannon went to trial Monday on two counts of contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the committee investigating his alleged role in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots.

Bannon has vowed that the charges against him will become a "misdemeanor from hell" for the Biden administration, but legal experts have said that the trial will likely be quick.

While Bannon is on trial, his podcast is being hosted by Jack Posobiec, who is also facing contempt of Congress charges.

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks to the media after his trial for contempt of Congress began at the U.S. District Courthouse on July 19, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Bannon's podcast, Bannon's War Room, is riding high in the Apple podcast rankings. Getty Images