Media Misrepresents Ivermectin Data in Campaign to Humiliate Conservatives

When leftist media manipulation outlets like CNN or NPR decide that a topic is ripe for propagandizing, they waste no time producing messaging to fool their unsuspecting readers. The latest misinformation campaign revolves around the drug Ivermectin and the people supposedly taking it.

Ivermectin has been used for decades in both human and veterinary patients as a highly effective and safe anti-parasitic. In more recent years it has also shown promise as an anti-viral drug in limited studies.

However, article after article over the last few weeks has tried to redefine the widely prescribed medication as being strictly for livestock like horses and cattle. At the same time they promote the notion that it is being extensively consumed by humans in areas of low vaccination in the conservative south. But the numbers don’t seem to support the notion of a meaningful spike in this kind of behavior.

Take the following Facebook post and article from NPR for example. The entire piece was based on an alert from the Mississippi State Department of Health that reported an increase in calls to poison control regarding Ivermectin.

The report claimed most callers had mild symptoms and no hospitalizations were recorded. Furthermore, the report seemed to indicate that the “jump in calls” could be represented by fewer than ten people. Hardly the kind of numbers likely to inspire a full write-up by a national publication.

CNN got in on the Mississippi alert too. By hyper-focusing on the livestock use of Ivermectin, the headline indicates that is all it is used for.

When NBC News reported that Joe Rogan had taken Ivermectin for Covid-19, they described it as a “widely discredited drug”. That statement is dangerously false. Ivermectin is often credited as a “wonder drug” and is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. The fact that it hasn’t been proven to cure Covid-19 in no way implies that the drug is discredited, widely or otherwise. NBC’s subtitle continues the false narrative that masses of people are taking the livestock formulation of Ivermectin.

Of course the most egregious example of fake news and misinformation about Ivermectin came from a widely discredited article in Rolling Stone magazine. The title reads “Gunshot Victims Left Waiting as Horse Dewormer Overdoses Overwhelm Oklahoma Hospitals, Doctor Says”. The problem was, no gunshot victims were left waiting anywhere for any reason. Also, Oklahoma hospitals were not overwhelmed with “horse dewormer overdoses”. Their reporting was based on the lies of a single doctor who didn’t even work directly for the hospital.

Rolling Stone eventually updated the article with the following statement from the Northeastern Hospital System Sequoyah:

Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose. All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care. We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.” 

Even the original photograph used by the article’s author was misleading. It wasn’t of people waiting to get into a hospital. Instead, it was people waiting in line to get a Covid-19 vaccine. The photo was later changed.

The Rolling Stone debacle hasn’t stopped the Ivermectin propaganda. NPR was right back at it over the weekend trying to justify their self-important stance with a headline that read “Poison Control Centers Are Fielding A Surge Of Ivermectin Overdose Calls”.

What constitutes a nationwide “surge” in calls to poison control centers?  According to a bulletin published by the American Association of Poison Control Centers there have been 1143 calls over the last eight months. To put this in perspective, there were 402 calls about Ivermectin in 2019 before the Covid pandemic even began.

While the 2021 numbers are certainly higher, 1143 calls doesn’t seem to warrant the huge nationwide coverage that left-leaning publications are giving it.

All of this begs the question why are left-leaning media outlets working so hard to convince their readers that vast numbers of people (particularly conservative, unvaccinated ones from the South) are ingesting mass doses of drugs formulated for livestock?

It’s not that they care about people making foolish choices to consume animal medications because while it happens, it’s not the epidemic they make it out to be. It’s certainly not a desire to clamp down on misinformation since they are themselves grossly misrepresenting data.

Instead their reporting propels the narrative that the southern part of the country is crawling with simpleminded rubes who reject science, are anti-vaccination, and are killing themselves and others through their obviously stupid choices. Of course these are false claims and lies but those are exactly the tactics members of the mainstream media love to use when trying to misrepresent and humiliate conservatives.

Difficult Times Will Come

The recent snowstorms in Texas and other states reminded me of all the crazy events that have been taking place since 2019. Crazy weather and social events happen all the time. But over the last year and a half, they’ve been happening with more frequency and intensity. The following is a list I compiled toward the end of 2020. A lot more has happened since I compiled this and I should probably start compiling an update soon. So without further ado:

Hanging a 100lb Heavy Bag

I got a great deal on Craigslist for a 50 lb punching bag. After repacking it with another 50 lbs of sand, I needed a secure way to hang it. I bolted a 2×6 across three ceiling joists. Then, I bolted four Husky anchor points to the 2×6 and the joist above it. Each anchor point has a 300 lb working load limit and is attached with two bolts. Since my bag already had hanging straps, I reversed my chains so the four hooks connected to the anchors and the single hook connected to the spring and bag.
The rest of the 2×6 will be used to attach a pull-up bar.

Renewed Resolution

When I’m out in public I tend to be an extreme introvert. I rarely look at the people around me or look the cashier in the eye at the grocery store. It’s partly a function of the society we live in. People just don’t talk to others anymore. It’s the same in many neighborhoods. Neighbors don’t talk to each other or even know who lives right next door.

But the “everybody’s doing it” mindset shouldn’t become an excuse. I’ve been making a concerted effort lately to talk to strangers, ask how the cashier’s day is going before they get a chance to ask it during their scripted monologue, and wave to my neighbors when I see them outside. It gets noticed. Most people actually do want to talk and be talked to. They just fall prey to societal norms like everyone else. 

We’ve gotten so used to only interacting online that we’ve forgotten how to do it in real life. Or we’re just too scared. We’re afraid that others will react negatively to our minor outpouring of humanity. I like to wave at drivers in my neighborhood but I’m always afraid they won’t wave back or they’ll think I’m weird or something.  So I often just look at the ground and avoid the whole scenario. What a waste of an opportunity to be kind to someone.

These days it takes real effort and determination to engage other humans. How sad. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Avoidance just a self-perpetuating habit. We can break it by simply going against the grain and opening ourselves up to others. I’m not big on new year resolutions but I’m ready to use this new year to double my efforts to reach out to others and improve relationships. You can do the same. 

You Just Can’t Win

Today I was checking out at the grocery store and the clerk said the credit card scanner was going to ask me if I wanted to round up to the nearest dollar to help fight children’s hunger. But the card reader never asked.  It just said thank you, please remove your card.

Then the clerk saw that my receipt wasn’t rounded up and she gave me a scowl as if to say “what a jerk! You probably want children to die!” You can’t win these days.

Nothing to Say

Lately, I’ve been working on a few photography projects that have been taking up most of my extra time. This has been great but it does keep me from concentrating on this blog. Once I’m done with work and photography related things, I usually am too tired to put anything down here.

I’ll get back to it at some point but for a few more days at least, I’ll probably only be posting short form or pictures. It could be worse.

First Sprouts of Spring

Every year I try to grow at least a little bit of my food. Sometimes it’s just one or two things in pots and sometimes it’s a full blown garden. Last year I built a raised bed garden and went a little wild growing winter squash. This year, I’ve steered clear of squash and am focusing on some early cool weather vegetables like snap peas, radishes and brocolli.

The other day I saw the first sprouts of the year popping up through the soil. I’m sure a couple of months from now I’ll be grumbling about having to water and weed every day. But until then, I’ll be enjoying seeing the new life coming up and anticipating it growing into something I can use. Oh, and I’ll also be futilely trying to keep my dog from walking through the bed.