CNN’s Lemon scrambles to defend network amid claims it misled viewers about Joe Rogan’s COVID treatment

On a recent episode of his self-titled podcast, comedian and commentator Joe Rogan called out CNN for peddling what he asserts was an untrue narrative about him taking a veterinary drug as part of his recent treatment of COVID-19. Now, after being caught in what Rogan contends was a “conscious” lie, the network appears desperate to cover its tracks.

According to Fox News, CNN’s Don Lemon attempted to defend the network after it referred to a medication Rogan had been taking as “horse dewormer,” despite the fact that it has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans.

“Ivermectin is a drug that is commonly used as a horse dewormer. So it is not a lie to say that the drug is used as a horse dewormer. I think that’s important,” Lemon claimed, according to Fox.

Lemon appeared Wednesday alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, who had been a guest on Rogan’s podcast earlier in the week.

“It’s a lie”

Speaking with Rogan, Gupta was forced to admit that CNN’s choice of wording wasn’t exactly accurate. “Dude, they lied and said I was taking horse dewormer,” Rogan charged, according to The Hill. “It’s a lie on a news network,” he said. “That’s a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. […] They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”

Pressed by Rogan directly on whether he thinks “that’s a problem, that your news network lies,” Gupta said, “Yeah, yeah yeah, they shouldn’t have said it was horse [medication].”

“If you got a human pill — because there were people who were taking it, the veterinary medication, and you’re not obviously because you got it from a doctor, so — it shouldn’t be called that,” the doctor added, though he wouldn’t go so far as to call the reporting “defamatory,” according to the New York Post.

Lemon plays dumb

Gupta seemed to sing a different tune during his Wednesday appearance on Don Lemon Tonight. The doctor played along as host Lemon insisted that Rogan said “something about ivermectin that I think wasn’t actually correct about CNN and lying.”

Asked by Lemon if the drug was approved for use in coronavirus patients, Gupta said no. “You’re right,” he told Lemon, according to Fox, “even the FDA put out a statement saying basically reminding people — it’s a strange sort of message [from the] FDA, but [they] said, ‘You’re not a horse, you’re not a cow, stop taking this stuff’ […] referring to ivermectin.”

The doctor explained: “It’s been used for a parasitic disease — it’s called river blindness and it’s been very effective for that, but, you know, just because it works for one thing doesn’t mean it works for something else.”

According to Fox, while Lemon tried to claim CNN never misled viewers about Rogan’s COVID-19 treatment, his own show had aired chyrons labeling the drug a “horse dewormer.” As for whether the network will be held accountable — well, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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