By LIJ Publisher

On Wednesday, comedian, sports commentator and podcaster, Joe Rogan, posted to his Instagram account that he contracted COVID-19 after a comedy show road trip.  In the post, Rogan revealed he had “got COVID”, and listed the medicine he used in his treatment protocol which led to his recovery, among them; monoclonal antibodies, z-pack (azithromycin), prednisone, a NAD drip, vitamin drip and ivermectin.  Rogan went on to explain, “I did that three days in a row, and […] here we are on Wednesday—I feel great”.

Despite the success Rogan had with his chosen treatment, it is his use of  ivermectin that has made Rogan, no stranger to controversy, especially as it relates to vaccines and COVID, a target of those who seem to disagree with his personal choice in treatment for the virus.  

Twitter was aflutter with numerous blue-checks and regular folk negatively commenting on Rogan’s choice of therapeutics to treat his COVID infection.  From former ABC journalist Elizabeth Vargas to writer Daniel Kibblesmith, Rogan was criticized and mocked for using ivermectin. 

But in addition to disagreeing with Rogan, who has an estimated 100 million weekly listeners to his podcast, the media have engaged in flat out lies.

NBC produced a report which aired Wednesday on the Today show, which stated, “Rogan, also sharing with his over 13 million followers, he’s taking the drug ivermectin, meant to treat parasites and worms in horses and other animals.”  To drive home the falsehood and misinformation, NBC cited a tweet from the U.S. FDA, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”.

This is journalistic malpractice, because it is a lie…and here’s why.

Ivermectin is a well-known, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved anti-parasite drug that has been successfully used around the world for more than forty years to treat onchocerciasis, also known as “river blindness”, and other parasitic diseases. It is one of the safest drugs known and is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines.  Additionally, it has been administered almost 4 billion times around the globe, and has won the Nobel prize for its global and historic impacts in eradicating endemic parasitic infections in many parts of the world.

This is the version of ivermectin Rogan took to successfully treat, and defeat COVID. 

But it wasn’t just NBC, CBS, Newseek.com, and TheHill.com, just to name a few, all reported Rogan used the livestock version, and not the FDA-approved version of the drug designed for human use.

To be clear, the FDA has not authorized the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. So, the only way ivermectin can be used is through the commonly used avenue of “off-label” use, but the FDA refuses to grant an emergency use authorization (EUA) for off-label use of ivermectin.   As a result, many pharmacies will not fill a prescription for ivermectin if they find out it is being prescribed to treat COVID.   

Legally, pharmacists are within their rights to refuse filling out a prescription.  Presumably, it is this refusal by pharmacists to prescribe ivermectin, along with genuine ignorance, which has prompted some people to turn to the livestock version of the medication with dangerous effects.

The point should be clearly made, the animal version of ivermectin is a concentrated formula and harmful to humans and should never be used, regardless of the illness trying to be treated.  

But it is the reports of the dangerous and harmful effects experienced by people using the animal version of ivermectin which has allowed the media to create a narrative, rooted in a half-truth, to pounce on Rogan and hide this truth: the properly administered, FDA-approved, human version of ivermectin, along with other medicines and vitamins was effective in treating Joe Rogan, and helped him beat COVID.    

The reasons the media engages in this type of subterfuge cannot be fully known.  But the fact of the matter is the media, which has been granted Constitutional protection, have abdicated their responsibility to speak truth to power.