The US-based talk show host lost his cool with CNN’s medical reporter Sanjay Gupta after it was falsely reported that Mr Rogan used a version of ivermectin, a drug to treat intestinal parasites prescribed to horses, not the one prescribed humans, to help him get over the virus.
Mr Rogan slammed: “They are lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs from a veterinarian.
“It’s a lie! It’s a lie on a news network! You are talking about a drug that has been given out to billions and billions of people. Why would they lie and say that is horse dewormer?”
The visibly shaken medical reporter squirmed as Mr Rogan put him on the spot over the issue as he admitted it was “not a flattering thing” to say.
But in a spectacular slap down, Mr Rogan slammed: “I can afford people medicine m************! This is ridiculous!”
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Though he was not finished in his tirade, as he probed further: “But don’t you think a lie like this is dangerous on a news network when you know, that they know they are lying?”
Mr Rogan then reached to show the box of medicine to prove that what he was prescribed was the version of the drug prescribed to humans.
The medical reporter went on the defensive as he said ivermectin can be a “very effective medication”.
Mr Gupta went on to acknowledge that he understands Mr Rogan’s anger about being misrepresented by him and his news network but did not accept CNN is a lying broadcaster.
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And in a ferocious moment Mr Rogan slammed the reporter and the news organisation stating the drug “was prescribed to me by a doctor along with a bunch of other medications!”
The medical reporter then grovelled stressing how CNN should not have reported the way they did and it was
Ivermectin is approved by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by both people and animals to treat parasitic worm infections. It is primarily used in livestock, though the medications for animals and people are different on the basis of the doses prescribed.
The FDA has not authorised any form of ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent Covid-19.