On Thursday, CNN issued a statement responding to critique of the network made by Joe Rogan on his podcast to guest Sanjay Gupta, who is CNN’s chief medical analyst. Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple was less than impressed with the network’s response.
At issue is an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience in which the host, who announced in September he tested positive for Covid-19 and took ivermectin (among other unproven treatments), took issue with CNN’s characterization of the drug.
Ivermectin is an anti-parasite drug which can be prescribed to humans, and also to livestock and pets as a dewormer. “CNN is saying I’m taking horse dewormer,” Rogan told Gupta. “They must know that’s a lie.”