Joe Rogan, the popular podcast host, has considered taking CNN to court after a high-profile reporter for the network incorrectly claimed on-air that Rogan had used horse dewormer to treat COVID-19 infection.
“Do I have to sue CNN? They’re making s*** up. They keep saying I took horse dewormer. I literally got it from a doctor. It’s an American company. They won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for use in human beings, and CNN is saying I’m taking horse dewormer,” Rogan said on his podcast Tuesday. “They must know that’s a lie.”
Rogan expressed his dissatisfaction with CNN after the network's chief domestic correspondent and anchor Jim Acosta erroneously claimed that Rogan was taking a livestock dewormer and other untested treatments to fight with COVID-19 virus.
“The podcast host Joe Rogan, he came down with COVID. He says he’s been taking the livestock dewormer ivermectin as well as other treatments that people talk about on the internet and so on. Doesn’t have any effect on COVID, obviously,” Acosta said during a Sunday interview with Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 5, 2021
In an Instagram post last week, Rogan, the host of "The Joe Rogan Experience," said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was currently receiving a range of different therapies, including the malaria medicine ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies. Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine that is used to treat both humans and livestock, was the subject of a wave of misinformation following Rogan's video statement, which spread quickly among journalists and others.
Rogan said that “multiple doctors” recommended he take ivermectin to treat COVID-19. “They try to make it seem like I’m doing some wacky s*** that’s completely ineffective and CNN was saying that I’m a distributor of misinformation."
The news of Rogan’s COVID treatment appeared to trigger a string of false stories about ivermectin.
From The Daily Wire:
The Associated Press had to issue a correction to an article published in late August that claimed 70% of calls made to the Mississippi Department of Health were from people who had ingested the livestock version of Ivermectin.
The story followed media hyping the idea that people were taking a common horse dewormer to treat COVID-19. Someone somewhere may have done this, but the media has treated it as if it is a common phenomenon — and have been proven wrong.