The podcast host and UFC sports commentator Joe Rogan has criticized CNN for labeling Ivermectin as a veterinary medicine though it won the Nobel Prize for human use, and CNN medical expert Sanjay Gupta admitted his channel should not have called it “horse dewormer.”
During an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” this week, the popular podcaster grilled Gupta over the way CNN claimed that Rogan used “horse dewormer” to treat COVID-19 infection.
Rogan opened their discussion by explaining that he tested positive for COVID-19 but got really sick for only one day, and he tested negative five days later. He then pointed to CNN, saying that the channel has lied about him taking horse medication.
“That bothered you?” Gupta asked.
“It should bother you too,” Rogan responded. “They’re lying at your network about people taking human drugs vs drugs for veterinary.”
“Calling it a horse dewormer is not a flattering thing. I get that,” Gupta said.
“It’s a lie. It’s a lie on a news network,” Rogan responded. “And it’s a lie, that’s a willing, that’s that’s a lie that they’re conscious of. This is not a mistake. They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”
“Yeah,” Gupta acknowledged, but said that the FDA also put out that it is used for a horse or a cow and “Stop taking this stuff or something like that.”
“Why would you say that when you’re talking about a drug that’s been given out to billions and billions of people, a drug that was responsible for one of the inventors of it making, winning the Nobel Prize in 2015, a drug that has been shown to stop viral replication in vitro,” Rogan fired back.
“Why would they lie and say that’s horse dewormer? I can afford people medicine, motherf***er. This is ridiculous. It’s just a lie. But don’t you think that a lie like that is dangerous on a news network when you know that they know they’re lying. You know that they know that I took medicine,” Rogan added.
“Do you think that’s a problem that your news network lies?” podcaster asked. “Dude, they lied and said I was taking horse dewormer. First of all, it was prescribed to me by a doctor along with a bunch of other medications.”
Gupta said his channel should not have said Ivermectin was a horse dewormer.
“If you got a human pill, because there were people who were taking it, the veterinary medication, and you’re not obviously because you got it from a doctor, so it shouldn’t be called that,” Gupta said. “Ivermectin can be a very effective medication for parasitic disease and as you say, it’s probably, you know, a quarter billion people have taken it around the world. I get that.”
Rogan then accused CNN of being defamatory for lying about someone taking a horse dewormer.
In the interview, Rogan also pointed the matter of the veracity of CNN in reporting politics.
“My point is, you’re working for a news organization. If they’re lying about a comedian, taking horse medication, what are they telling us about Russia? What are they telling us about Syria? Do you understand that that’s why people get concerned about the veracity of the news?” Rogan said.