How the Media Chose to Smear Indonesia for Using Ivermectin for Coronavirus

Last Updated on June 5, 2022 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • The establishment media rely on smearing rather than evidence to discredit claims they don’t like.
  • We cover how they did this to Indonesia.


Any country that does not follow the official Western guidance on dealing with the coronavirus will be pilloried in the major media outlets. It is instructive to observe what accusation they use to smear these countries.

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Ivermectin in Less Developed Countries

The following video describes the effectiveness of Ivermectin in less developed countries.

The following expresses the effectiveness of Ivermectin used in non-Western countries. 

Ivermectin in Indonesia

The vital thing to take away from this graphic is how these countries are doing concerning coronavirus reflects their policy.

  • Israel, the US, and the UK are all using predominantly the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
  • Indonesia is not primarily using vaccines. Instead, it is using Ivermectin.

Yet, when I performed a Google search on the effectiveness of Ivermectin in Indonesia versus the coronavirus, most of the articles declaring how foolish the Indonesians were for using it.

Let us observe a quote from an article on July 15th about how bad the situation in Indonesia was set to become.

Indonesia is now fighting a “worst-case scenario” epidemic, a senior minister said on Thursday, adding the government was preparing for a further spike in coronavirus cases as the more virulent Delta variant spreads.

The world’s fourth most populous country is struggling to slow COVID-19 transmission even after imposing its toughest mobility curbs yet, while its immunisation rate is low, with just 5.8% of its 270 million people fully vaccinated.

Indonesia’s food and drug agency (BPOM) has authorised the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin for emergency use against COVID-19, a health ministry official told Reuters. BPOM did not immediately respond to requests for comment. – Reuters

Take a look at the previous graph. You will see the coronavirus spiking in July, so when this article was written.

  • Only a small percentage of Indonesians were vaccinated.
  • Yet, after reaching a high point in August, the cases dramatically dropped with a small percentage of the population vaccinated, and with the primary treatment being Ivermectin.
  • However, the mainstream outlets were proposing that the situation looked terrible and wagged their finger at Indonesian health officials for being anti-science.

Let us observe what major media entities said about Indonesia’s use of Ivermectin.

One of the cures endorsed by several government figures is ivermectin, the antiparasitic drug whose usefulness for treating COVID-19 lacks credible scientific evidence. In June, some cabinet members even claimed that BPOM had authorized the use of ivermectin to treat the virus. The Indonesian government must cease its anti-expertise sentiment – especially during the current serious outbreaks of COVID-19 – and listen more closely to the advice of experts in shaping its pandemic response. – The Diplomat

And this quote is highly critical of Indonesia’s coronavirus policy.

Indonesians have ignored health warnings to stock up on a “miracle cure” for Covid-19 backed by leading politicians and social media influencers, as an out-of-control virus surge sweeps the country. He said the shortage had pushed the price of the drug up from around 175,000 to 300,000 rupiah ($12-$21) a bottle. Fuelled by anti-vaccine and pandemic conspiracy theories online, there has been a surge in demand for the drug from Brazil to South Africa to Lebanon. But manufacturer Merck has said there was “no scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against Covid-19” and warned of possible safety issues if the drug is administered inappropriately. Efforts to tackle the virus worldwide have been marred by conspiracy theories, often propagated by political leaders and other public figures. – France24

Choosing the Smear to Use

For those, the mainstream media disagrees with internally, there is an agreed-upon list. These are some of the most common smears.

  • Bigot
  • Racist
  • Socialist
  • White Supremacist
  • Red State
  • Conspiracy Theorist
  • Discredited
  • Islamophobic
  • Xenophobic
  • Sexist
  • Homophobic
  • Spreading misinformation

A good example of this smearing tactic is demonstrated in a famous comment by Hillary Clinton in the following video.

This neatly places anyone who disagrees with Hillary Clinton into one of these objectionable categories. Hillary Clinton does not bother to provide evidence for her claims; she instead smears those with whom she disagrees. 

Therefore, as the mainstream media is highly connected to the pharmaceutical industry in its funding, it is critical that any nation that does not have its health care policy and coronavirus response controlled by pharmaceutical companies also be smeared.

How Media Reviews Their List of Smears

When looking through the list of smears that are usually used, none of them are useful. Indonesia can’t be called Islamophobic. They can’t be called white supremacists — they are homophobic as they are a Muslim nation, but that is not applicable, as it can’t be the motivation for not using the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Therefore, a new smear, that of being “anti-science,” is applied. This is used even though, as we cover in this article, there was more evidence for Ivermectin being approved for the coronavirus than for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Furthermore, the FDA does not follow scientific principles in drug approval, so aligning with the FDA cannot be “pro-science” as we cover in this article. However, the objective is to smear, not to ensure that the smear is accurate. If one looks at the list of smears above, most of them are applied dishonestly — that is the point of a smear.  

The mainstream media desires to censor anyone who disagrees with the pharmaceutical-controlled narrative on the coronavirus. 

A Doctor of Nursing Analyzes the Effectiveness Ivermectin on Coronavirus in Developing Countries

In this video, Dr. John Campbell reviews the studies of the effectiveness of Ivermectin in countries like Mexico and India. His conclusion is he cannot figure out why the mainstream media are not covering these studies.  

Here is the BBC smearing ivermectin supporters and dismissing all of the studies on them. 

This is a Campbell who thinks Ivermectin should be considered as part of a plan to combat coronavirus. He is a medical doctor, so being “anti-science” won’t work. But perhaps he is a white supremacist or a conspiracy theorist, or both! How could he disagree with the pharmaceutical company-provided narrative unless he were a conspiracy theorist? “Conspiracy theorist” can be used to smear anyone who has a different view or different hypothesis.

The mainstream media is lying about the fact that Japan used Ivermectin to combat covid. 

The Art of the Perfect Smear

The media need to find just the right smear. Most likely, they would go with spreading “misinformation.”

This is an effective smear because it does not explain what part of the information is false and does not even call it wrong, but rather misinformation. I recently had this comment send to the website that one of my articles was incorrect and contained misinformation.

Here is the response from my assistant.

Typically a commenter would provide their evidence as to why the article is incorrect, or specifically where it is incorrect. If the comment stays away from personal attacks and sticks to presenting evidence, then we include the comment and then address the concerns in the comments section.

Feel free to go ahead and do that if you reply. Without that, it is not possible to know where you think the article is flawed.

This step is critical — we always try to pull the critic back from the judgment as to why they made the judgment.

However, with an effective smear, the media entities can skip the step where they provide evidence.

Not Just Indonesia

Doctors in the US and other developed countries can be punished for recommending treatments that the pharmaceutical companies do not find profit maximizing. This is explained in the following quotation.

We now live in a world in which MSM outlets across all platforms routinely refuse to publish general articles, opinion pieces, video interviews, or even reference peer reviewed scientific journal articles by world renowned scientists if that material diverges from the official CDC/WHO opinion and stated policy. One cannot help but note the rather seamless nature of this entire propaganda operation. It is indeed impressive from a prospective of totalitarian narrative control.

Such attacks by MSM, and censorship by Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, are now normative even when reporting the results of peer reviewed scientific journal articles that suggest possible efficacy of Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in covid treatment. Clearly it is not “the science” that MSM is protecting with such attacks, but the official propaganda narrative.

Medical professional organizations, medical licensing boards, hospitals and related entities are now literally threatening doctors with loss of hospital privileges and/or license to practice for simply having and sharing a medical opinion that diverges from the official narratives.

Although I have great respect for my own primary care physician, she is literally not allowed to practice medicine independently in treating covid, but must instead seek permission to simply prescribe a globally used medication known to be safe that has clearly shown great efficacy around the world in covid treatment. – Global Research

Establishment media produced a fake story on Ivermectin. 


Significant media must smear those that disagree with the standard narrative on any topic. The most effective way to do this, mainly when the evidence is not on their side, is to smear those they disagree with.

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