CNN anchor Don Lemon was on the defensive Wednesday evening after podcast large Joe Rogan accused his community of “lying” about his COVID treatment. 

Rogan confronted CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta over the community’s protection of his bout with the virus, falsely claiming Rogan used “horse dewormer” as an alternative of the widespread human type of ivermectin, one thing Gupta conceded his CNN colleagues mustn’t have stated. 

“Does it bother you that the network you work for out and out lied, just outright lied about me taking horse dewormer?” Rogan grilled Gupta. 

“They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta admitted. 

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“Why did they do that?” Rogan requested. 

“I don’t know,” Gupta responded. 

“You didn’t ask? You’re the medical guy over there!” Rogan exclaimed. 

“I didn’t ask,” Gupta stated. “I should’ve asked before coming on this podcast.”

Following the discharge of the podcast, Gupta appeared with the “Don Lemon Tonight” anchor, who provided a fierce protection of the community. 

“He did say something about ivermectin that I think wasn’t actually correct about CNN and lying,” Lemon started. “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- and it’s not approved for COVID, correct?”

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“That’s correct,” Gupta responded. “It is not approved for COVID and you’re right, even the FDA put out a statement saying basically reminding people- it’s a strange sort of message FDA, but said ‘You’re not a horse, you’re not a cow, stop taking this stuff’ is essentially what they said referring to ivermectin. Now, I think Joe’s point is that-

“That it has been authorized for people however not essentially for COVID, proper?” Lemon interjected. 

“That’s proper,” Gupta continued. “It’s been used for a parasitic disease- it is known as river blindness and it has been very efficient for that, however, you recognize, simply because it really works for one factor does not imply it really works for one thing else.”

Despite insisting CNN never lied about how it characterized Rogan’s use of Ivermectin, Lemon himself used an on-air graphic last month that read, “Joe Rogan declares he has COVID, is taking horse dewormer ivermectin.”

Another graphic Lemon aired read, “Joe Rogan, controversial podcast host, says he has COVID, taking unproven de-worming drug.”

During a panel discussion, Lemon told CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner that Rogan “took the deworming drug ivermectin that is been touted by fringe right-wing teams.”

Reiner went on to knock Rogan, saying the podcast host is “selling  type of a loopy jumble kind of people treatments and internet-prescribed medicine.”

“He’s not serving to issues when he is selling this kind of nonsense therapeutic combine,” Reiner added. 

Substack journalist Glenn Greenwald torched Lemon and CNN, calling both of them “pathetic” and that “there may be zero ambiguity they lied about Joe Rogan.” 

“They instructed viewers he took horse dewormer: a 100% lie. He took the human model of ivermectin prescribed by his medical physician,” Greenwald tweeted Thursday. “But as I stated, mendacity is just not frowned upon at CNN: it is inspired.” 

“It’s true that ivermectin is just not authorized for treatment of COVID. That has nothing with the lie CNN instructed. They stated Rogan took horse dewormer. He did not. And CNN and Don Lemon are such little folks, with so little integrity, they can not admit they lied,” Greenwald added.