Yesterday Joe Rogan hosted Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s health expert and a medical doctor, on his podcast and at one point confronted Gupta over false claims CNN made about Rogan’s use of Ivermectin. Rogan recently made headlines when he became ill with COVID-19 and treated it with an alternative treatment regimen that included Ivermectin.
Initially, Gupa attempted to defend his network’s coverage of the drug. Rogan shot back, “It’s a lie on a news network, and it’s a lie, that is a willing, a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”
Gupta then cited a tweet from the FDA under the Biden regime, and ostensibly its corresponding article, which mocked Ivermectin as “horse dewormer” paste. While this is one use of Ivermectin, the drug used by Rogan and billions of humans is generally given in pill form.
“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, one of the inventors of it receiving the Nobel Prize in 2015,” said Rogan, as Gupta attempted to interrupt him with agreements. Rogan continued, “A drug that has been shown to stop viral replication,” the podcast host, comedian, and UFC commentator charged. ”
“Why would they lie and say that’s horse dewormer? I can afford people medicine, motherfucker,” said Rogan. “This is ridiculous, it’s just a lie.”
Gupta laughed in response, but did not offer an answer. Rogan then asked Gupta if he thinks “a lie like that is dangerous on a news network” and held up a box of Ivermectin he says is identical to what he took. Gupta seemed surprised Rogan had the smeared pharmaceutical.
“Hang on,” begged Gupta. “We’re going so fast, I feel like, I feel like I’m missing,” said Gupta before being cut off by Rogan: “Do you think that’s a problem, that your news network lies?”
“Well, I don’t, I-I don’t,” Gupta stammered. Rogan interrupted again, “Dude.” Gupta then asked what his own network said about his use of the drug. “They lied and said I was taking horse dewormer,” said Rogan. “First of all, it was prescribed to me by a doctor along with a bunch of other medications.”
“They shouldn’t have said it,” admitted Gupta. “If you got a human pill, because there were people that were taking it, the veterinary medication, you’re not obviously, so it shouldn’t be called that.” He then admitted that Ivermectin can be a “very effective” drug, but suggested it was not effective for COVID. He then asked to move to another topic, but Rogan restated his question.
Rogan asked, definitively, “Does it bother you that the news network you work for out and out lied, just outright lied, about me taking horse dewormer?”
Gupta replied, “They shouldn’t have said that.” When Rogan asked why the network repeatedly claimed he was taking “horse dewormer,” Gupta said he did not know. He then admitted that as CNN’s medical expert, he “should have asked” about the decision to smear Rogan.