CNN Defends Lie About Joe Rogan By Saying Rogan Had His Feelings Hurt

CNN botched its coverage of Joe Rogan’s use of ivermectin as a treatment of COVID-19. CNN saw an opportunity to pounce on Rogan, then recklessly claimed he had taken a horse dewormer pill. After CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, admitted to Rogan that the network’s coverage was irresponsible, it seemed, at least on the outside, CNN would move on. Yet, CNN chose to double down on it and light a back-and-forth with Joe Rogan instead.

After first allowing Don Lemon to defend the network’s coverage of Rogan, CNN next issued an edited statement to the Washington Post. Somehow, CNN’s PR staff is as inept in the communication department as Lemon is. Take a look:

“The heart of this debate has been purposely confused and ultimately lost. It’s never been about livestock versus human dosage of ivermectin. The issue is that a powerful voice in the media, who by example and through his platform, sowed doubt in the proven and approved science of vaccines while promoting the use of an unproven treatment for covid-19 — a drug developed to ward off parasites in farm animals.

“The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so.”

Got that? CNN just bruised Rogan’s ego. Nothing else to see.

Even Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple, no opponent of the corporate press, said CNN’s response sounded more like “the work of an advocacy group than a journalism outfit.”

Journalists at CNN see the writing on the wall. It’s not that CNN leans well to the left– all networks have a bent — it’s that CNN has pivoted entirely to division. CNN needs a bad guy, a target to amass a following. Insert Joe Rogan.

CNN doubled down as a direction, not an excuse. CNN needs Rogan, the network needs his response. For the first time since Donald Trump, CNN has found a sufficient boogeyman. And while Rogan-focused coverage isn’t translating to TV ratings, it’s bolstering CNN’s digital numbers immensely. Keep in mind, CNN will roll out its OTT service, CNN+, in 2022, a platform reliant on digital interest.

Donald Trump drew viewers to CNN with his criticism of the network. Similarly, each time Rogan responds to CNN on his podcast, he sends his large following to click on CNN’s video clips.

Rogan’s listeners laugh at the foolishness of CNN’s statement. Meanwhile, CNN appreciates the attention.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Dealing with the left reminds me of an adult chaperone on a field trip dealing with a bunch of spoiled children who have been raised by wolves. You can put forth clear instructions, facts, explain reality, and expectations but they run off screaming and climbing all over the exhibits without any regard to anything you said. Trying to argue with them using objective reality as a basis of argument is like that chaperone trying to get the spoiled brats to follow instruction and behave.

  2. I saw both of the interviews CNN is talking about. Rogan has never “sewn doubt” in the vaccine. He has simply shown there are alternatives to treatment ONCE SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID.

    Just another day of progressive jackassery from CNN

  3. Arguably NO. ONE in the history of broadcasting has “dealt with” media attacks more effectively than Rush Limbaugh for 32 years. His motto : “If the media didn’t make you … the media can’t break you”.

    RL never gave his many jealous / vicious media enemies access to his 22,000,000 audience by promoting their attacks at him. He knew he always had his “golden microphone” to get in the last word. … that strategy holds true for Joe Rogan AND for Clay. When Rush was misquoted or taken out of context, he always had his show tape archives as Truth / Proof.

  4. Man they are just right out in the open blatantly lying and believing they can just get away with it. Their 500 viewers a day says otherwise. Literally putting the pedal to the floor while already speeding towards a cliff. No shame. No self awareness. They are in such a bubble they actually believe their own bullshit. It’s just crazy crazy crazy over there, and they’re all friends with each other and no one else so they don’t have anyone in their lives to push back on them and try to make them see their craziness. If it wasn’t for cable fees and contracts like the airports they’d have folded years ago. Hopefully they do soon. They contribute nothing but lies and hate and propaganda to society. They need to end.

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