CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham sided with podcast host Joe Rogan over her network, stating it was wrong for them to call Ivermectin a "horse dewormer." Rogan received a prescription for the drug after contracting COVID in September.
"Rogan is right that it's dishonest to say he took horse dewormer when he did not," she said Friday. "It was irresistible to dunk on him for a lot of people, so they went with that instead of sticking to, 'Hey, this anti-parasitic isn't recommended for COVID treatment,' which would've been credible."
Ham went on to respond to The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson, who tweeted, "Well, it WAS recommended by Rogan's doctor, so that also wouldn't be credible. And it's not like Rogan's doc is the only one in the country recommending Ivermectin off-label. The MOST they could have said, credibly, is that the CDC doesn't recommend it."
"Agreed, I'm not looking to explicate the entire Ivermectin fight in one tweet," Ham replied. "That was shorthand for a pronouncement that would have been more suitable than 'he's taking horse dewormer,' which is just straight, well, horses---."
The NY Post claims the drug is ineffective at fighting COVID and its use by the general public is controversial. Its creators, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for its discovery, said a version of Ivermectin specifically for horses is also available.
"I'm happy for folks to take it safely & half expect there may end up being better data later on," added Ham.
In an interview with CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta Wednesday, Rogan took the network to task for his coverage.
"Does it bother you that the news network you work for outright lied about me taking horse dewormer?" Rogan said.
"They shouldn't have said that," Gupta conceded.
"Why'd they do that?" said Rogan.
"I don't know," said Gupta.
"You didn't ask? You're the medical guy over there!" Rogan exclaimed.
"I didn't ask," Gupta said. "I should've asked before coming on this podcast."