Joe Rogan Gupta Podcast: In response to a question from podcast host Joe Rogan about why the media was “lying” about the medicine, CNN’s top medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that the network should not have referred to a contentious substance used as a COVID-19 therapy as a “horse dewormer.”
A discussion on ivermectin, a medicine that is also used to treat or prevent parasites in animals such as horses, took place on the Wednesday episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” during which Gupta was questioned by Rogan about the way the network has handled its coverage of the drug.
He expressed his disappointment in the network for referring to the drug as a “horse dewormer,” saying it was “inappropriate.”
The heated debate about ivermectin began when the two were discussing Rogan’s experience with the virus earlier this year, which sparked the furious argument.
“I came to the realization that, if I was serious about communicating public health, I would have to travel to a less comfortable environment. It was necessary for me to enter the lion’s den and accept an offer to sit down with Joe Rogan for more than three hours, which I did “The letter was written before Gupta confessed that several of his friends had encouraged him not to accept Rogan’s invitation.
“In fact, when I informed Joe early in the podcast that I didn’t agree with his apparent views on vaccinations against Covid, ivermectin, and a variety of other topics, a part of me feared that the MMA fighter and former Taekwondo champion would hurtle himself over the table and choke me to death. Instead, he only grinned, and we were on our way “He went on to say more.
In today’s highly segmented media world, the vast majority of the people who watch and listen to me every day on CNN have already heard and accepted the message about the importance of vaccines, the necessity of face masks, and how we can all work together to put an end to this pandemic, according to the message I deliver on CNN.
As a result, I understood that if I was serious about communicating public health, I would have to venture into a less comfortable environment. My only option was to enter the lion’s lair and accept an offer to sit down with Joe Rogan for more than three hours. I was terrified.
I don’t believe I’ve ever had a conversation with someone that lasted that long. Consider the implications of such a statement. We were sitting in a windowless podcast booth with two sets of headphones and microphones and only a few feet separating us from the rest of the world. There was not a single hiccup. There will be no smartphones allowed. There will be no distractions. There will be no restroom breaks.