(ZH) — If one wants to wrap their brain around why the leftist-establishment media complex has lost all credibility, this Tablet article by Konstantin Kisin from August is mandatory reading worth ten minutes of your time.
Imagine your outrage as you see news reports of a bunch of MAGA hat-wearing kids from a religious school contemptuously confront a Native American elder. Professional, adult commentators on TV tell you the kid has a “punchable face,” and while you abhor violence, it’s hard to disagree. Imagine that for days you watch coverage of these events, with expert after expert, pundit after pundit, sharing and fueling your outrage. Maybe your country really is racist. Maybe you’re racist. Were you always just blind?
Imagine that soon after, however, the Jussie Smollett story turns out to be an attention-seeking hoax: He made it all up. Imagine you also quickly discover that the Native American elder was the one who confronted the kids, and not the other way around. “If this is such a racist country,” you ask yourself, “why would they need to make up stories of racism?” As you ponder this, you remember that for years now, you’ve been expected to go along with other, more elaborate make-believe stories.
You’re expected to understand that gender is not as binary as school, your eyes, and your own experience have led you to believe. Whatever you learned about biology growing up is not only wrong, it’s pathological and harmful, according to the American Psychological Association. You no longer know how many genders you’re expected to be able to recognize. You do know that asking questions is dangerous.
Imagine that you still want to believe the experts and the commentators, but now that requires you to believe your country is racist, that men are bad, and that gender is a social construct, which is an idea you still don’t really understand. -Tablet
Fast forward to August 21. The FDA issues a tweet in response to people buying equine ivermectin due to systemic restrictions on the human-grade version which reads: "You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it."
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This absurd tweet from the Democrat-run federal agency patently ignores the fact that Ivermectin has been prescribed for humans for over 35 years, while several studies have shown efficacy in treating early-stage Covid-19 infections.
It didn't matter. The message from the Biden administration was clear; ivermectin is a horse dewormer taken by idiots, and the left now had official license to make fun of 'right-wing anti-vaxxers' for using it to treat coronavirus.
So when Joe Rogan revealed that Ivermectin was one of the drugs he used to beat Covid within a few days, the left went to town - with MSM outlets wasting no opportunity to convince people that the extremely influential host of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is a nutcase.
Which brings us to Rolling Stone magazine's biggest debacle since the UVA rape story - after they aggregated a (still uncorrected) local media report out of Oklahoma claiming that people overdosing on ivermectin horse dewormer are causing emergency rooms to be "so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting" access to health facilities. The claim was made by Dr. Jason McElyea, and the story went absolutely viral across a vast swath of left-wing influencers.
Until the hospital refuted it - announcing on their website that McElyea hadn't worked there in more than two months, and they haven't treated any ivermectin overdoses.
This failure of basic journalism wasn't just committed by Rolling Stone. It was breathlessly repeated by large outlets, pundits, and doctors - all of whom failed to do a simple sniff test on an obviously suspicious story.
Journalist Drew Holden has pieced together the anatomy of yet another viral hoax peddled to millions of people as fact.
Take it away, Drew: