CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta made headlines Thursday for showing on Joe Rogan’s podcast regardless of the liberal network’s prolonged historical past of attacking the influential media character. 

Gupta sat down for a prolonged dialog the place he was grilled on why kids ought to be pressured to take the COVID vaccine since they face minimal threat from the virus. Rogan additionally pressed his visitor on why CNN characterised the ivermectin he took to recuperate from COVID as a “horse dewormer.” 

CNN’s high physician was cordial to Rogan throughout the sometimes-combative interview, however the reception Rogan had beforehand obtained from CNN was way more hostile. 

Earlier this month, CNN’s weekend anchor Jim Acosta went on a rant condemning the “garbage,” “COVID disinformation” Rogan says on his podcast after he baselessly speculated that President Joe Biden obtained a pretend booster shot for the cameras. 


“It is so pernicious,” Acosta reacted. “We can write off and say, ‘Oh, this is just some guy with a podcast’ and ‘What’s the big deal?’ and ‘he’s a comedian.’ It’s dangerous. It’s just so dangerous.”

“I wish he would just knock it off. It’s not worth it, it’s not worth the numbers, the data, the whatever the metrics that they get, podcasters. It’s just not worth it. Please stop,” Acosta pleaded to Rogan. 

CNN extensively lined Rogan’s announcement that he had examined optimistic for COVID, repeatedly hammering him for his previous rhetoric on the vaccine. 

“No one is happy for gloating over the fact, at least not here, that Joe Rogan tested positive for COVID, OK? … But Joe Rogan has been dismissive of vaccines,” CNN anchor Don Lemon stated. “You have a responsibility. You have a responsibility when you have a platform as big as Joe Rogan’s.”

After Rogan introduced in September that he examined optimistic for COVID, CNN’s left-wing media guru Brian Stelter slammed Rogan for utilizing varied remedies amid his restoration together with ivermectin, which Stelter known as a “horse deworming medication,” that will encourage others to strive them as effectively. 

“That’s the upside-down world we’re in with figures like Joe Rogan,” Stelter informed Anderson Cooper.

Stelter later lectured Rogan throughout his look on Lemon’s show, insisting “it’s not enough” for him to say he is “not anti-vax” however that he should be “pro-vax.”

“You gotta come out when you have a big platform and share your experience getting vaccinated, helping your neighbors. And Joe Rogan has done the opposite,” Stelter stated. “Yes, he will probably be fine, he will probably get better, but he has sent all the wrong signals to date with this kind of contrarianism where, you know, if the government says one thing, he has to do the opposite. That is the rotten core of conservative media right now.”


“OutFront” host Erin Burnett additionally knocked the “controversial” podcast host for utilizing a “livestock drug.”

“New Day” co-hosts accused Rogan of “giving air to anti-vaccine narratives” in April after Rogan opined that younger, wholesome folks should not need to get the COVID vaccine, which he later walked again. 

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto recommended that Rogan was “endangering” the well being of his listeners and invited Dr. Anthony Fauci to push again in opposition to the podcast host. Analyst John Avlon stated Rogan was “playing footsie” with anti-vaccine impulses.

It’s not simply Rogan’s rhetoric in direction of COVID that upsets CNN. Lemon lashed out on the podcast star for predicting “straight White men” will probably be silenced amid a rising “woke” tradition. 

“Acknowledging the oppression, discrimination or differences of others does not silence anyone else,” Lemon pushed again. “No matter what he has said, he has not been silenced! He has a huge megaphone with millions of loyal listeners, all of whom every single day say whatever they want… No one is stopping Joe Rogan or any other ‘straight White men’ from expressing themselves. Period.”   

Despite the network’s hosts and pundits typically criticizing Rogan, it appears CNN granted Gupta its blessing to sit down down with Rogan. CNN even revealed a prolonged essay Gupta wrote defending his look on the podcast. CNN has since embraced the interview on air, too, whereas largely downplaying or ignoring the trade about ivermectin during which Gupta stated CNN shouldn’t have mocked the drug as a “horse dewormer.”  

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.