Associated Press joins the campaign of fake news demonizing ivermectin, then issues embarrassing correction


The campaign to demonize ivermectin has claimed another victim: the credibility of the Associated Press. Peter Skurkiss elsewhere on these pages today explores some of the reasons why so many media and governmental entities falsely portray ivermectin, whose inventors received the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for its role in curing river blindness (in humans), as a veterinary drug for deworming horses, highly dangerous for human use. As Ashe Schow writes, the AP signed on in a big way and did a faceplant: The Associated Press had to issue a correction to an article published in late August that claimed 70% of calls made to the Mississippi Department of Health were from people who had ingested the livestock version of Ivermectin. The story followed media hyping the idea that people were taking a common horse dewormer to treat COVID-19. Someone, somewhere may have done this, but the media has treated it as if it is a common phenomenon — and have been proven wrong. The correction was issued on August 25, two days after the story was published. Seventy percent is fifty times 1.4%, so the AP exaggerated by a factor of fifty. That’s not an understandable error; it is propaganda.

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