Civil Discord

Episode 16: A Rolling Stone Checks No Facts

September 7, 2021

Today’s episode is a quickie. We reminisce about the days when the left was skeptical of Big Pharma’s motives by covering an absolute debacle of a story that appeared in Rolling Stone and several other major publications—including The Hill—about how Oklahoma hospitals are turning away gunshot victims to treat Ivermectin overdoses. As it turns out, every detail of this story was fabricated. How did the entire journalistic profession fail to make the single phone call that would have vetted their source? How did they fail to confirm the (also debunked) article about 70% of Mississippi poison center calls being related to Ivermectin? (Spoiler alert: it’s 2%). What’s really behind the smear campaign around ivermectin? Whether it works against COVID or not, the surge in mainstream misinformation surrounding it is revealing. Is it a profit motive issue, an ideological issue, or something else? 


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Amanda has screenshots of the Rolling Stone article after its first correction, including the hospital system’s comment, which the original article did not solicit:


70% Rhymes with 2%: 


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