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This wouldn’t be the first time that CNN has lied.
While the news media is free to publish any information or opinion they desire, this doesn’t immunize them from liability for what they publish. A newspaper that publishes false information about a person, for example, can be sued for libel.
In January of 2020, for example, CNN settled in a lawsuit with Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann who sought $275 million in damages.
Popular podcast host Joe Rogan, who is a reported net worth of $100 million, says CNN is publishing lies about him.
Rogan even says, “Do I have to sue CNN? They’re making s*** up.”
“They keep saying I took horse dewormer,” Rogan explains.
Anti-Trump CNN “journalist” Jim Acosata, who is actually the network’s “chief domestic correspondent” as well as a news anchor, falsely accused Rogan was taking a livestock dewormer to battle COVID-19.
“I literally got it from a doctor,” Rogan fired back. “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.
“They must know that’s a lie,” Rogan said, referring to the fact that Acosta is calling it “livestock dewormer ivermectin.”
Acosta, who is accused of lying about Rogan’s treatment, made the remark during an interview with another liar, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Acosta said, “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 smugly stated.
Acosta obviously isn’t a doctor — of course — but rather a fake news journalist.
On the other hand, Rogan argues that “multiple doctors” recommended he take ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
Rogan continued, “They try to make it seem like I’m doing some wacky s*** that’s completely ineffective.”
“CNN was saying that I’m a distributor of misinformation,” Rogan complained.
In fact, the people guilty of spreading misinformation about ivermectin has been the news media itself. Take a look at this:
“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 Daily Wire reports.
“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,” the report continues.
“In another instance of misinformation, a false news story of an Oklahoma hospital being overrun by patients overdosing on ivermectin was pushed by numerous journalists, commentators, and others. The hospital later released a statement correcting the record, knocking down the claims of a former doctor who left the hospital months ago,” the Daily Wire concludes.
Watch the clip of Acosta:
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 5, 2021
Here’s the clip of Rogan suggesting he might need to sue:
Rogan announced over his Instagram page that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing a variety of different treatments.
Those treatments include the malaria drug ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies.
This ignited the wave of misinformation among journalists and others about ivermectin.
The anti-parasitic drug is used to treat both humans and livestock, not only livestock as CNN’s Acosta suggested.