Rolling Stone Pushed Fake News on Ivermectin, but What Happened Next Was Even Worse – RedState

As we reported previously, Rolling Stone put out a story claiming that hospitals in Oklahoma were unable to treat gunshot victims because they were so overloaded with overdoses of people taking ivermectin for dealing with COVID.

Gunshot victims left waiting as horse dewormer overdoses overwhelm Oklahoma hospitals, doctor says

— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 3, 2021

Their source for this incredible story? One doctor. No cites from statistics, hospitals, or anyone else. But they did have a really nice misleading picture of people waiting in line. As though gunshot victims would be outside the hospital, waiting on a line. Turns out that it was an old picture of people waiting for vaccines. The winter coats gave it away a bit.

Of course, the greater claim about the overdoses was false. One of the hospitals where the doctor had worked in the past said it wasn’t true for their hospital and that he hadn’t worked there in months (and so really wouldn’t know what was going on there now).

Rolling Stone later updated their article to note the correction by the hospital. They should have retracted the whole story, but they don’t have enough moral fiber to do so, apparently. A “correction” that basically obliterates the story means the story should be retracted.

But this story already went everywhere — quoted and pushed by everyone in the liberal disinformation universe, including by Rachel Maddow who has still not corrected or pulled her tweet.

"Patients overdosing on ivermectin backing up rural Oklahoma hospitals, ambulances"

"'The scariest one I’ve heard of and seen is people coming in with vision loss,' he said."

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) September 2, 2021

Now, this tweet is very instructive.

It shows how worthless Maddow is that they didn’t even do any basic checking before spreading something which practically screamed out that it wasn’t going to be true. Some “journalism.” But again, it confirmed her biases about those ignorant people from Oklahoma so that was the important thing, not the truth. And the same thing for the ton of media that just followed right along without question.

The fact that it’s still up on Twitter pretty much says it all when it comes to the “disinformation” industry. Where are the fact-checkers who jump immediately to twist anything a Republican says to false (even when it’s true)? Where’s Twitter, to label how misleading this is? None of that seems to be in operation here.

So, once again, what we see when it comes to all this — different rules apply for those on the left.

As noted by the decisively non-MAGA journalist Joe @Bernstein – who just wrote a great Harper’s story on the bullshit “disinformation” industry – that she gets away with this because she’s liberal, and Twitter won’t even put a note on it, shows the fraud:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 6, 2021

The entire “anti-disinformation”/”anti-extremism” industry is a gigantic fraud, funded by the same tiny handful of billionaires, governments and NGOs: a scam to control discourse while feigning neutral, non-ideological goals to battle “disinformation”:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 6, 2021

These are the people who want to censor the internet on the grounds that you’re not responsible enough to disseminate information and therefore they — media and tech overlords — are needed to police the discourse and stop disinformation.

These are pure disinformation agents.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 6, 2021

That’s really what it gets down to. One word: control.