Here’s the Problem With CNN’s Dumpster Fire of a Statement on Criticism of Their Joe Rogan Ivermectin Smears – Opinion

I don’t know much about MMA announcer/podcaster Joe Rogan but I do know he was viciously and Designed for purposeIn response to the revelation that he had been infected with the Wuhan virus, he was vilified by many media outlets.

CNN in particular was the most aggressive of all the “news” organizations that went after Rogan, repeatedly and falsely claiming that he was “taking horse dewormer” for COVID. Although ivermectin can be used to treat horses in small doses, it’s also recommended for people with various illnesses, according to the CDC.

A month after the relentless bashing, Rogan and CNN’s chief “medical expert” Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down for a podcast interview, where Rogan got the satisfyingly contrite Gupta to admit that CNN “shouldn’t have said” what they did over and over about Rogan “taking horse dewormer.” Sadly, Gupta went right back to CNN the day after where the smug dunking and falsehoods from anchor Don Lemon with Gupta dutifully nodding along resumed apace.

Here we are a week out from Rogan utterly embarrassing and exposing CNN and Gupta complete with receipts, and CNN has issued a statement in response to an inquiry from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple about Gupta’s admission that the network “shouldn’t have said” what they did about Rogan “taking horse dewormer.” The statement is absolutely deranged, so much so that even Wemple was taken aback by some of what was said and the tone of it:

This is the heart of the debate, which was deliberately misunderstood and eventually 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. CNN’s only mistake was to damage the ego and promote dangerous conspiracy theories while putting at risk millions of lives.

I’m going to correct myself here – “deranged” doesn’t even come close to adequately describing how wacked, self-serving, and absolutely tone-deaf that statement actually was.

After trying to be charitable by saying that parts of the statement “makes good points,” Wemple noted he was taken aback by the tone and tenor of it:

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 [Washington Poison Center in Seattle]Send an email.

So in this instance, you don’t have to endorse Rogan to abhor CNN’s coverage of this topic.

Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer had this to say in response to his former employer’s doubling down:

And that is because CNN does not give a royal flying **** about correcting the record in the interest of informing their audience and displaying integrity, one, because they don’t have much of an audience anymore and two, because they sure as hell don’t have any integrity.

CNN and other media outlets, as well as those on the right, spun a misleading narrative about ivermectin. They also trashed and discredit a man openly speaking about the prescription. That narrative ended up getting destroyed by the very man at the center of the controversy, and CNN just can’t deal with that inconvenient fact, hence their belligerent statement (which was probably written by CNN PR flack Matt Dornic).

Last thoughts of Jonathan Isaac from the NBA, who was a vocal opponent to mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. In an interview on vaccine mandates, he said the following about CNN earlier in this week:

“If this thing is just about protecting people and protecting the public health, why does CNN have to lie about Joe Rogan taking ‘horse dewormer,’ or why does the Rolling Stone have to willfully misrepresent my position on the vaccine or COVID?” questioned Isaac. “Why do these things have to happen if it’s just about protecting people?”

Why not?

See also: Jonathan Turley Calls out Massive Issue With Brian Stelter’s ‘Interview’ With Dem Super-Lawyer Marc Elias

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