Last week, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta was nailed to the wall by hugely popular podcast host Joe Rogan after Rogan cornered Gupta on a lie spread by CNN regarding his use of ivermectin, as it sold the story to make it appear as if Rogan, and others who’ve taken the potentially life-saving medicine as “horse de-wormer.”
According to the Washington Examiner, just days after Gupta admitted during the hard-hitting interview that CNN was “wrong” to push the false narrative, CNN contributor Mary Katherine Ham took the left-leaning network to task, slamming its lies about the medication as “horses–t.”
Ham suggested strongly to network brass that it needs to “rein it in” as far as its messaging on popular COVID-19 drugs that have otherwise been criticized by most of the liberal media, who don’t seem to want to “follow the science” if it doesn’t involve one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Ham took her blunt opinion of the network’s false narrative to Twitter, where she made crystal clear that she agrees with doctors and emerging science, and not the narratives pushed by the left-leaning network that signs her paychecks.
“Rogan is right that it’s dishonest to say he took horse dewormer when he did not. It was irresistible to dunk on him for a lot of people, so they went with that instead of sticking to ‘hey, this anti-parasitic isn’t recommended for COVID treatment,’ which would’ve been credible,” Ham wrote.
Ham even agreed with The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson, who correctly noted that Rogan received the drug via a doctor — and probably one of the best in the country — along with a large number of others who’ve received the drug as a method to combat severe cases of COVID-19.
“Agreed, I’m not looking to explicate the entire Ivermectin fight in one tweet. That was shorthand for a pronouncement that would have been more suitable than ‘he’s taking horse dewormer,’ which is just straight, well, horses–t,” Ham wrote, adding, “I’m happy for folks to take it safely & half expect.”
Ivermectin, which has grown in popularity as a COVID-19 treatment, hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for the virus, and while it has been prescribed to control worms in livestock, it has also been prescribed to humans for a number of other viral infections.
Ham’s comments and the renewed discussion around ivermectin came not long after CNN’s Gupta was forced to admit during an interview with Rogan that not only is ivermectin a doctor-recommended COVID-19 treatment, but that CNN was wrong to lie about Rogan taking “horse de-wormer” medication.
“A drug that the inventors won a Nobel Prize in 2015, a drug that has been shown to stop viral replication in vitro. You know that, right? Why would they lie and say that’s horse dewormer? […] Do you think that that’s a problem that your news network lies?” Rogan said directly to Gupta.
“There were people who were taking the veterinary medication, and you’re not, obviously,” Gupta responded. “You got it from a doctor, so it shouldn’t be called that. Ivermectin can be a very effective medication for parasitic disease.”
CNN pushing lies is nothing new for most Americans, but for its own correspondents and contributors to call out those lies is definitely new, and refreshing. Hopefully, the trend continues.