Reuters Runs a Story About Ivermectin ‘Anti-Viral Effect’ Against COVID – Opinion

Joe Rogan posted something very interesting to his Instagram account the other night, as he addressed the Spotify controversy surrounding his podcasts. He talked about his view on the media attacking him for “misinformation.”

“The problem I have with the term misinformation – especially today – is that many of the things that we thought of as misinformation just a short while ago are now accepted as fact, like for instance, if you said eight months ago, you can still catch COVID, and you can still spread COVID, you’d be removed from social media. You would be banned from some platforms. Now, that’s accepted as fact.” He also noted that if you previously had talked about cloth masks not working that you would be banned from social media, but now that is openly stated on CNN. He said that if you discussed the possibility of a lab leak, it might get you banned. Now, it’s on the cover of Newsweek.

Do we expect to see another major narrative shift about one of these points in the near future? Well, maybe.

Reuters has a huge story from a Japanese firm that examines the effectiveness Ivermectin. The drug was found to be effective during Phase III clinical trials. Now, it turns out that wasn’t true. What was true was that it had shown an “antiviral effect” against Omicron and other coronavirus variants in joint non-clinical research. That’s still promising, although not as much as what was first claimed because it’s not tested in humans yet.

Reuters seemed to feel that reporting on the story required them to distort that truth. It is quite amazing how Reuters organized the story and updated it. Reuters spent a large portion of the story focusing on the drug and talking about Joe Rogan. They even had a little fun with President Donald Trump. They had made six changes to the story by last inspection.

It sounds like somebody was not happy with the report and needed all of these updates.

The tweet, however, is up and may prove to be as promising.

As you may recall, Joe Rogan got attacked by CNN for just saying that he’d been prescribed Ivermectin by his doctor, although the FDA hasn’t approved it for COVID use. It’s not acceptable for Reuters or a pharma company to have a discussion about the matter. Isn’t it ridiculous that anyone even has to ask that? That we’re at the point in this allegedly free society that we have to be concerned if we trip over some invisible line and say something someone doesn’t like we may get censored or face a ban hammer? These types of attitudes can harm science, truthfulness and effectiveness.

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