Will Joe Rogan sue CNN after his podcast claims?
Joe Rogan, UFC commentator and popular podcast host, has recently criticized CNN and others for their media coverage on his treatment of COVID-19. Last week, Rogan had first revealed his COVID diagnosis and that he treated his symptoms with ivermectin, a deworming medication.
As a result, countless people began purchasing the drug which has not yet been FDA approved. Thus, CNN and other news platforms have reported headlines criticizing and reprimanding Rogan. Now, Joe Rogan has confronted CNN and even considered suing the network on his latest podcast episode.
Joe Rogan on CNN’s media coverage of ivermectin
On the most recent episode of his podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan and guest Tom Segura discussed the recent media coverage after Segura called Joe Rogan, “Horse Worm Rogan,” referring to Rogan’s use of the deworming medicine ivermectin.
“Bro, do I have to sue CNN?” Rogan responded on the podcast. “They’re making sh*t up. They keep saying I’m taking 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. They must know that’s a lie”.
He then added the media coverage is “trying to make it seem like I’m doing some whacky sh*t that’s completely ineffective”. “CNN was saying I’m a distributor of misinformation,” Rogan said.
CNN’s coverage of Joe Rogan
Rogan clarified on his podcast that the drug had been prescribed by his doctor and he believed it aided in his quick recovery. However, CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner advised that Rogan was misinforming his listeners and providing dangerous medical suggestions.
“He’s not helping matters when he promotes this sort of nonsense therapeutic mix,” Reiner said, adding that ivermectin “doesn’t work”.
CNN anchor Jim Acosta also mentioned Rogan by name when he asked his guest Dr. Anthony Fauci to respond to “COVID disinformation” on Sunday.
Joe Rogan diagnosed with COVID-19
Last week when Rogan announced he tested positive for the virus, the fifty-four year-old podcast host said he “threw the kitchen sink” at treating his illness. He said after testing positive, he took ivermectin, large amounts of vitamin C, had multiple IV drips, and used monoclonal antibodies.
Monoclonal antibodies have been proven to work, but ivermectin used to treat parasitic worms, has yet to be certified to treat COVID-19. Various health organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration, have urged people not to take it as increased reports have shown people have been treated or hospitalized after “self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses”.
Joe Rogan has been adamant about remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 since the pandemic began. On his podcast, Rogan detailed his criticism of safety protocols and his disapproval of requiring the vaccine. Yet, Rogan asserts that he isn’t “an anti-vax person”. Joe Rogan’s podcast is currently one of the most popular on Spotify.
FDA’s information on ivermectin
On the FDA’s website, there is a page dedicated to “Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19”. The FDA lists multiple reasons as to why the drug, although approved for humans, is still not a proper treatment for COVID-19.
The FDA confirms that ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms & head lice & skin conditions like rosacea. Additionally, there is no data available on the drug’s effectiveness against COVID-19, and clinical trials are still ongoing.
The health organization also warns that taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous. They continue, “If your health care provider writes you an ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed”.
Be careful when taking ivermectin while also being on other medications such as blood-thinners. The FDA informs that overdosing on the drug is possible and may cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma, and even death.
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