CNN presenter Don Lemon was on the defensive Wednesday night after podcast giant Joe Rogan accused his network of “lying” about his COVID treatment.
Rogan confronted CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta about network coverage of his fight against the virus, mistakenly claiming Rogan was using a “horse dewormer” instead of the common human form of ivermectin, which Gupta admitted his CNN colleagues shouldn’t have said.
“Do you mind that the network you work for lied, just outright lied about me taking horse dewormer?” »Roasted Rogan Gupta.
“They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta admitted.
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“Why did they do this?” Rogan asked.
“I don’t know,” Gupta replied.
“Didn’t you ask for anything?” You are the doctor over there! Rogan exclaimed.
“I didn’t ask,” Gupta said. “I should have asked before coming on this podcast.”
After the podcast was released, Gupta appeared with the host of “Don Lemon Tonight,” who offered a fierce defense of the network.
“He said something about ivermectin that I think was wrong about CNN and lies,” Lemon began. “Ivermectin is a drug commonly used as a horse dewormer. So it’s no lie to say that the drug is used as a horse dewormer. I think it’s important – and it’s not approved for. COVID, right? “
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“That’s right,” Gupta replied. “It’s not approved for COVID and you’re right, even the FDA issued a statement basically saying to remind people – it’s kind of a weird message from the FDA, but said ‘You are not a horse, you’re not a cow, stop taking that stuff “is basically what they said referring to ivermectin. Now I think Joe’s point is that-
“That it’s been approved for humans but not necessarily for COVID, hasn’t it?” Lemon intervened.
“It’s true,” Gupta continued. “It’s been used for a parasitic disease – it’s called river blindness and it’s been very effective for that, but, you know, just because it works for one thing doesn’t mean it works for another. . “
Although he insisted that CNN never lied about how he characterized Rogan’s use of ivermectin, Lemon himself used an on-air graphic last month that read: “Joe Rogan announces he has COVID, takes horse dewormer ivermectin.”
Another graphic released by Lemon read: “Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan says he has COVID, taking unproven deworming drug.”
During a panel discussion, Lemon told CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner that Rogan “took the deworming drug ivermectin touted by fringe right-wing groups.”
Reiner then hit Rogan, claiming that the podcast host “promotes some kind of crazy jumble of folk remedies and prescription drugs on the internet.”
“He doesn’t help matters when he promotes this kind of absurd therapeutic mix,” Reiner added.
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Substack reporter Glenn Greenwald torched Lemon and CNN, calling them both “pathetic” and that “there is no ambiguity that they are lying about Joe Rogan.”
“They told viewers that he took horse dewormer: a 100% lie. He took the human version of ivermectin prescribed by his doctor,” Greenwald said. tweeted Thusday. “But like I said, lying is not frowned upon on CNN: it’s encouraged.”
“It is true that ivermectin is not approved for the treatment of COVID. It has nothing to do with the lie told by CNN. They said Rogan took a horse dewormer. He did not. . And CNN and Don Lemon are such small people, with so little integrity, they I can’t admit they lied, “Greenwald added.