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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains appearance on Joe Rogan podcast: ‘I needed to go into the lion’s den’

Gupta said on Rogan’s show that CNN hosts shouldn’t have referred to ivermectin as ‘horse dewormer’

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sought to explain the reasoning behind his appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” this week, claiming he felt he “needed to go into the lion’s den” to communicate to people about public health.

Gupta faced intense criticism stemming from his appearance on the show, in which he admitted that CNN shouldn’t have referred to Rogan’s use of the drug ivermectin to treat the coronavirus as him using “horse dewormer.”

CNN did not immediately respond when asked if Gupta was forced to justify the appearance in his Wednesday piece following the backlash.

Joe Rogan’s Heated Exchange With CNN Reporter Over Ivermectin Coverage Viewed 800k Times


A video has gone viral of Joe Rogan confronting CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta over the network’s coverage of the podcast host’s COVID treatment.

In a clip shared on social media, which had been viewed more than 800,000 times as of Thursday morning, The Joe Rogan Experience host grilled Gupta over CNN reports that criticized his taking the drug ivermectin after being diagnosed with the disease.

Rogan announced in September he had contracted the virus on Instagram and told his followers he “threw the kitchen sink” at it the disease, with the drug among treatments he used.

Ivermectin has approved uses in humans and animals for treating parasites, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn people not to take the medicine to treat COVID.

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