The Washington Post’s Eric Wemple in a piece Thursday lists all of the times CNN hosts declared that podcaster Joe Rogan was taking “horse dewormer” to treat COVID-19: Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Baraki Sellers, and Jim Acosta all referred to ivermectin as a drug meant for livestock, with Acosta saying, “In case you missed it, Rogan said ivermectin. Yes, that’s the deworming medicine made to kill parasites in farm animals and, weirdly, is being promoted by right-wing media figures and even some politicians as a covid treatment.”

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, who’d appeared on Rogan’s podcast, said the network probably shouldn’t have referred to his drug regimen as horse dewormer, but Wemple reports that CNN has released a statement ripping on Rogan and admitting to nothing.

Here’s CNN’s statement:

The heart of this debate has been purposely confused and ultimately lost. It’s never been about livestock versus human dosage of Ivermectin. The issue is that a powerful voice in the media, who by example and through his platform, sowed doubt in the proven and approved science of vaccines while promoting the use of an unproven treatment for covid-19 — a drug developed to ward off parasites in farm animals. The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so.

“Risked the lives of millions.”

CNN knew exactly what they were doing by going with the “horse dewormer” angle, but they won’t admit it. “It’s never been about livestock versus human dosage of Ivermectin” — that’s exactly what it was about.