CNN's Don Lemon Doubles Down on Ivermectin Remarks After Joe Rogan Roasting

CNN anchor Don Lemon came to the defense of his network after Joe Rogan accused it of "lying" about medication the podcast giant used to treat COVID.

Lemon was following up on criticism of CNN that Rogan had made on his podcast during a three-hour interview with the network's chief medical correspondent, Dr Sanjay Gupta.

In a clip that went viral, Gupta was grilled by Rogan about CNN's coverage of his use of Ivermectin after he was diagnosed with COVID, which he says he recovered from in five days.

CNN was among many critics of the The Joe Rogan Experience host taking the drug, which has been approved for use in humans and animals for treating parasites.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned it should not be taken to treat COVID.

During a segment in September after Rogan revealed his diagnosis on Instagram, CNN described Ivermectin as a "horse dewormer" and CNN host Anderson Cooper said the drug was "something more often used to deworm horses."

Rogan confronted Gupta over the description, saying he had been medically prescribed the drug and that "they're lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs for veterinary."

During the tense exchange, Gupta accepted that his network "shouldn't have said that."

But Lemon doubled down on his network's description of Ivermectin during a segment with Gupta on Thursday as he rejected Rogan's criticism.

"I know in large part it's a tongue in cheek interview," Lemon said of Rogan, "but he did say something about Ivermectin that I think wasn't actually correct about CNN and lying.

"Ivermectin is a drug that is commonly used as a horse dewormer, so it is not a lie to say that the drug is used as a horse dewormer, I think that's important," he said, "and it is not approved for COVID. Correct?"

CNN’s @DonLemon: “It is not a lie to say that [Ivermectin] is used as a horse de-wormer. I think that’s important. And it is not approved for Covid."@drsanjaygupta: “Correct … If you look at the data, there is no evidence that it really works [against Covid]."

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 14, 2021

Gupta replied, "That's correct, it is not approved for COVID" and he then referred to a tweet on August 21 by the FDA against taking Ivermectin, which said: "You are not a horse, you are not a cow, Seriously, y'all. Stop it."

Lemon interjected: "It has been approved for humans but not necessarily for COVID."

"That's correct," Gupta continued, "it has been used for a parasitic disease," referring to river blindness, "and it's been very effective for that. But, you know, just because it works for one thing, doesn't mean it works for something else."

Gupta said that while there were still ongoing clinical trials around Ivermectin, "for the most part, if you look at the data, there is no evidence that it really works here."

"When Joe got sick, he took Ivermectin, he also took monoclonal antibodies," Gupta said referring to the number of treatments that Rogan revealed he had taken.

"It's very likely it was the monoclonal antibodies that made him feel better so quickly," Gupta added. Newsweek has contacted Rogan for comment.

CNN's Don Lemon and Joe Rogan
CNN anchor Don Lemon (L) and podcast host Joe Rogan are shown in this split image. Lemon has responded to Rogan's criticism of how CNN reported his COVID treatment. Getty