Rolling Stone magazine forced to update COVID story after backlash over false information

The mainstream media was, once again, caught red-handed telling a lie related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine that?

Fox News reports that Rolling Stone magazine has been forced to update a COVID-19-related story, specifically on the subject of the controversial use of the drug known as Ivermectin, after it was revealed that the magazine’s source was contradicted by the hospital involved. 

The lie

The controversy began with a story that Rolling Stone published on Friday. In it, the outlet claimed that hospitals in Oklahoma were being “overrun” by people who overdosed on the drug Ivermectin, a popular drug known to be an effective livestock de-wormer. To back the claim, the outlet provided the testimony of Dr. Jason McElyea.

“The ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated,” McElyea said.

The piece was shared by the likes of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid, as well as by Newsweek, The Guardian, and more. The liberal mainstream media ate it up.

For those unfamiliar with Ivermectin, it is a drug used to treat malaria and head lice in humans and heartworm in animals, especially horses. Many, though, also believe it to be an effective treatment for COVID-19, although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not authorized the drug for that particular use and has rallied against the idea.

The story quickly generated headlines across the media, as it added fuel to the questionable narrative that hospitals around the country are overflowing with COVID-19 patients, not to mention the media’s instant disapproval of anything other than a vaccine to treat patients who have the virus.

Oklahoma responds

Following Rolling Stone’s article, the Northeastern Hospital System issued a response disputing the outlet’s claims, and it started by undermining McElyea’s credibility.

“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,” the hospital’s response stated. “With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months.”

Northeastern Hospital System went on to say, “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,” the statement added. “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.”

Rolling Stone responded by updating its article to include the statement from Northeastern Hospital System. The fact that Rolling Stone didn’t confirm McElyea’s story, though, tells you everything you need to know about the mainstream media these days: it’s not news, it’s mostly leftist propaganda.

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