Joe Rogan, the nation’s leading podcast host, has been in a running gun battle with CNN over the last several weeks. Rogan revealed in passing his doctor’s prescription for ivermectin, as part of an anti-COVID-19 treatment regimen. Although it wasn’t the only drug he used, this revelation caused media chaos.
Here’s a reminder of what that looked like.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 15, 2021
All across the liberal network, Rogan was accused of taking “horse dewormer” and spreading “misinformation.” In reality, he had taken the human form of the drug. He also was not encouraging others to run out and take ivermectin without a doctor’s guidance. His experience was simply his.
It didn’t matter. CNN lost their collective minds and Rogan was forced to rectify the record several times. Yet, even after it became clear that the podcast host had not taken “horse dewormer,” no correction came from the leftwing news network. RedState actually reported that the hosts doubled their effort yesterday.
CNN has been on an untrue path for a while. This is the final nail in the coffin. They did it wrong. They were caught. They chose to dig in their heels rather than correct it for the sake of their audience or their own integrity. https://t.co/611FnVYx1t pic.twitter.com/835qO9gOoM
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 21, 2021
It was clear that the heart of this debate did not go away. It was CNN that chose to push the “horse dewormer” angle as a cheap, false attack against Rogan. While they can handwave it away, while not admitting guilt and double down on the slander, At no point did Rogan “sow doubt” about the vaccines. COVID-19 is not treated by vaccines. When you contract the virus, you don’t go get a Pfizer booster.
So is CNN’s argument truly that Rogan is bad because he didn’t lead by “example” and get vaccinated? That’s a green light to commit defamation these days? Nonsensical to refer to the original use of ivermectin. It is a fact that the drug has been approved to be used in humans. This is despite having saved many lives over the years. Yes, there will need to be actual studies to determine its true efficacy regarding COVID-19, but that’s no excuse to trash Rogan as a conspiratorial nutjob who takes animal medication.
Rogan still has one great move. For all their worth, Rogan should sue CNN. Not only has the network repeatedly slandered him, but they’ve also basically admitted to malice with their latest statement. The “horse dewormer” stuff wasn’t a mistake. It was an active decision to lie to try to hurt someone’s career for political purposes. I realize Rogan is a public figure and the legal standards are high, but if he doesn’t have a case, then it seems as if no public figure ever will.
Further, I think it’s imperative that someone fights back regardless of the outcome. Rogan happens to be able to reach the bank accounts and have the financial resources to do this. He should sue the liberal network not just for himself, but for all the people who didn’t have the resources to defend themselves from CNN’s malicious garbage. Maybe he wins or maybe he doesn’t, but it would send a necessary message and possibly change the network’s behavior. We know who the person was, but this is Covington Catholic. CNN seems to have forgotten their lessons, and Rogan can be a good refresher.