A A CNN contributor tells his network to put the brakes on it after the outlet aired “dishonest” coverage about podcast host Joe Rogan’s use of ivermectin to fight COVID-19.
CNN contributor and author Mary Katherine Ham criticized the network for its discussions about Rogan’s use of the pest control drug, saying the network chose to “dunk” Rogan rather than provide specific coverage.
“Rogan is right that it is dishonest to say he took horse dewormer when he didn’t,” Ham said. tweeted Friday. “It was irresistible to dunk on him for a lot of people, so they went with that instead of just sticking with ‘hey, this pest control is not recommended for COVID treatment’, which would have been believable. “
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When the Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson pointed out that Rogan’s drug was recommended by a doctor and others recommend treatment, Ham said she agreed.
“Okay, I’m not trying to explain the whole ivermectin fight in one tweet. It was a shorthand for a statement that would have been more apt than ‘he’s taking horse dewormer’, which is just right , well, *** horses, “she continued. “I’m glad people are taking it safe and half-waiting.”
Ivermectin is widely prescribed to humans as an antiparasitic treatment, although it is not approved for the treatment of COVID-19 and the Food and Drug Administration has warned against its use.
On Wednesday, Rogan asked CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta if it bothered him that the network rejected ivermectin as a “horse dewormer,” to which Gupta replied, “They wouldn’t. not have to say that “.
“Why would you say that when you talk about a drug that has been given to billions and billions of people? Rogan asked Gupta. “A drug whose inventors won a Nobel Prize in 2015, a drug which has been shown to stop viral replication in vitro. Do you know this is true? Why would they lie and say it’s a horse dewormer? […] Do you think this is a problem with your information network? “
“There were people who were taking veterinary drugs, and you obviously don’t,” Gupta replied. “You got it from a doctor, so it shouldn’t be called that. Ivermectin can be a very effective drug against parasitic diseases.
Despite the social media backlash of the interview, Gupta backed CNN’s anchor Don Lemon’s characterization of ivermectin as a “horse dewormer” on Wednesday night.
“He said something about ivermectin which I think was wrong about CNN and the lies,” Lemon said. “Ivermectin is a drug that is commonly used as an anthelmintic for horses. So, it is not a lie to say that the drug is used as a dewormer for horses. I think it’s important, and it isn’t. not approved for COVID, is it? “
“That’s correct. It’s not approved for COVID, and you’re right. I mean, the FDA even issued a statement saying… ‘You’re not a horse. You are not a cow. Stop taking that stuff ‘is basically what they said, referring to ivermectin,’ Gupta said.
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Gupta acknowledged that ivermectin was “very effective” in treating river blindness, but “just because it works for one thing doesn’t mean it works for another.”
“There are still a few clinical trials going on around ivermectin, but for the most part, if you look at the data, there’s no evidence that it really works here,” Gupta said, adding that he was “very likely” that Rogan is simultaneously using monoclonal antibodies rather than the ivermectin which helped him recover.
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