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Sanjay Gupta Kicked Upstairs and Off the Air?

Posted by Bob Kohm on January 6, 2009

cnn-logo1Is there a more annoying thing than turning on CNN to try and catch the news and instead getting Dr. Sanjay Gupta smiling his way through a two segment piece on pancreatic cancer? As impressed as I’ve been with Obama’s Cabinet & senior staff picks, the buzz about naming Sanjay Gupta Surgeon General drives me to distraction. I get the rationale– the Surgeon General’s chief job is to cheerlead the White House’s health policy and various causes and a media-savvy guy like Gupta has the ins to smooth that process, but sheesh, Sanjay Gupta in a position of authority over anything? He did have a functionary-type job in the Clinton White House, granted, but I’d prefer a Surgeon General who might have treated an actual patient or at least has stepped into a hospital without a producer and cameraman in the last ten years. Call me a traditionalist.

Then again, it will get him off of CNN…


One Response to “Sanjay Gupta Kicked Upstairs and Off the Air?”

  1. Chancellor said

    Move from CNN to a Democratic administration? Isn’t that just an inter-office transfer?


    Seriously, I think he’d do well in this role. Obama’s administration needs someone media savvy and non-controversial to help push some of their important issues related to health – pandemic preparation, vaccination, and universal health care. I’d love to see Gupta get out in front of the vaccination issue, particularily – this is a disaster waiting to happen. Unless we can reverse this trend of decreasing vaccinations, we’re going to end up with a disaster that strikes kids in force sometime in the next 2-10 years. Dr. Gupta’s just the type of guy who will be good enough in front of the camera and savvy enough to explain the stupidity of the autism non-link without offending people.

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