One of the things that’s great about Joe Rogan is that he doesn’t mince words. You might not always agree with him, but he says what he honestly thinks in a straightforward manner — a rare commodity, it seems, nowadays.
But it’s also a nature that’s likely to invite attack from our liberal media overlords who don’t like people who have that way about them, because they aren’t as easy to control. So they set up Rogan for attack to be taken down, as we saw with the CNN lies about him taking “horse dewormer.” Rogan made them look silly when he had on CNN medical expert Sanjay Gupta, who couldn’t justify CNN’s lies during his Rogan interview and ended up basically admitting their was no justification. But then in a subsequent CNN segment, with Gupta and Don Lemon, Lemon tried to justify their lies saying that ivermectin is used as a horse dewormer, so they weren’t really lying.
CNN still couldn’t let it go and issued an utterly deranged statement Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple said they shouldn’t have said what they did.
The heart of this debate has been purposely confused and ultimately lost. It’s never been about livestock versus human dosage of Ivermectin. The issue is that a powerful voice in the media, who by example and through his platform, sowed doubt in the proven and approved science of vaccines while promoting the use of an unproven treatment for covid-19 — a drug developed to ward off parasites in farm animals. The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so.
Talk about doubling down on the lies. Pro tip, CNN? The ivermectin prescribed to humans was developed for anti-parasitic use in humans. A doctor even won the Nobel Prize for medicine for its development because of the benefit that it would provide. It has obviously been prescribed by doctors for other uses like COVID, despite the fact that it hasn’t yet been approved by the FDA for that use. For CNN to keep pushing this kind of schlock and digging the hole deeper is just madness.
Wemple called it out.
Yet CNN’s statement sounds more like the work of an advocacy group than a journalism outfit. The “issue,” actually, begins and ends with the integrity of CNN’s content. If we take Rogan’s prescription claim at face value — and CNN hasn’t challenged it — then the network’s coverage was slanted in some cases and straight-up incorrect in others. “[I]f you’re prescribed the FDA human version [of ivermectin] then you’re not taking a horse pill,” notes [Scott] Phillips [from the Washington Poison Center in Seattle] in an email.
Rogan fired back at CNN this week on his podcast and was taking no prisoners in the flaming.
“This is what’s so funny about that. They don’t understand that when they say things that are absolutely untrue, it diminishes their authority. They’re not even aware of what they’re doing,” Rogan said. “When Don Lemon goes on with Sanjay Gupta and says, ‘Actually, it really is a veterinary medicine. It really is horse dewormer.’”
“This was the lie- he goes, ‘It’s not a lie to say it’s also used as horse medicine.’ But that’s not what you said,” guest Michael Malice said. “You didn’t you say ‘this drug, which also is used for horses.’ Of what relevance is that?”
“It doesn’t have any relevance,” Rogan responded. “It’s exactly what you’re talking about with penicillin and with a gigantic number of medicines that also have veterinary applications. But by doing that, you just, you just proved my point. They don’t even understand what they just did. You think no one’s, like, it’s going to end with you? Because it used to be that way. They would say something and no one would have recourse. But when you’re saying something, and then the person you’re saying it about has literally ten times the audience you do, you dumb motherf—–. Do you know what you did? You just proved my point.”
Rogan continued that they needed “better people” and maybe CNN president Jeff Zucker shouldn’t be having people who “say things that are absolutely untrue when you have a f—ing news organization.”
Rogan’s larger point is a great one here. CNN isn’t going to be able to lie any more without new media, like Rogan and others — indeed, people who have more of an audience like him, nailing them. They long since flushed any credibility they had down the toilet but on this, once again, they’ve been exposed for how nakedly political they are and proved Rogan’s original point. Then that makes people, as Jonathan Isaac said, question — why are they going to such lengths to lie? And it awakens more people to the political narratives being pushed here.