ABC News host in fiery clash with Joe Rogan in dispute over Covid causing serious illness more often than vaccines
- Australian news identity Josh Szeps wins an on-air dust-up with Joe Rogan
- The American Podcaster Claimed Boys Can Get Heart Infections After a Jab
- Szeps objected that myocarditis risks are worse Covid than post-jab
An Australian news presenter has faced a challenge from Joe Rogan over wild claims that a rare heart condition is linked to vaccines on the American’s hugely popular podcast.
Josh Szeps, ABC Weekend breakfast news host who is known in the United States as a former host of Huff Post Live, disputed Rogan’s claim that boys who received a Covid jab had a higher risk of heart inflammation.
The Aussie dude got it right on the influential show, which is downloaded 190 million times a month, and the pair’s spirited exchange went viral in an online clip.
Australian news presenter Josh Szeps has looked down upon a challenge from Joe Rogan about a rare Covid-related illness on the American’s hugely popular podcast
The Aussie dude got it right on the influential show, which is downloaded 190 million times a month, and the pair’s spirited exchange went viral in an online clip
Szeps refuted Rogan’s claim, saying boys were “about eight times more likely” to get myocarditis after a Covid infection than after a Covid vaccine.
“I don’t think that’s true,” said Rogan, the podcaster and UFC commentator.
‘Yes,’ replied Szeps.
“No, no, no, I don’t think it’s true,” Rogan said. “That there is an increased risk of myocarditis in young people who contract Covid versus an increased risk of myocarditis from the vaccine.”
‘No, there is,’ Szeps retorted.
Rogan’s producers tried to get Szeps on the spot by fact-checking him by putting a New Scientist article on the screen.
It supported the Aussie – who has talked to Rogan on his show before.
The article cited a study claiming that heart inflammation is six times more common after getting Covid than after having the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Szeps later took to social media to deny that he had “shut down” Rogan.
“I hope readers realize that Rogan enjoys this kind of pushback. I “hardly shut it off”. He’s a big boy,’ said Szeps.
US podcaster Joe Rogan (pictured) has labeled Australia’s lockdown laws as ‘crazy shit’ while mocking the use of military and police helicopters to impose restrictions
Rogan is considered a hero to many who are wary of the mainstream media around the world, especially men under 40.
But he has also been widely accused of spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.
Szeps also talked about alien invasions during the three-hour podcast, which was released Thursday in Australian time.
He was known as Josh Zepps in the US after changing his name there to avoid confusion for the American public, but Rogan promoted him for his last episode with his Australian last name.
Rogan previously called Australia’s lockdown laws “crazy s**t” and mocked the use of police helicopters and the military to impose restrictions.
WHY VACCINES IMPORTANT
Vaccination is a simple, safe and effective way to protect people from harmful diseases before they come into contact with it.
Vaccination protects not only individuals, but also others in the community by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Research and testing are an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.
In Australia, vaccines must pass rigorous safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registers them for use. Vaccine approval can take up to 10 years.
Before vaccines become available to the public, large clinical trials test them on thousands of people.
Years of high-quality studies have compared the health of large numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children around the world has confirmed that vaccination does not cause autism.
People first became concerned about autism and immunization after the medical journal The Lancet published an article in 1998. This article claimed that there was a link between the measles vaccine, mumps, rubella (MMR) and autism. Since then, scientists have completely discredited this article. The Lancet withdrew it in 2010 and printed an apology. The British General Medical Council has removed the author from its medical register for misconduct and dishonesty.
Source: Australian Department of Health