For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Sanjay Gupta: In Whose Interest?
WASHINGTON - AP reports: "President-elect Barack Obama's reported choice for surgeon
general, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, could bring a dose of
star power to a job that hasn't had that much clout in decades."
Lieberman is director of the health and medicine reporting program at
the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She just wrote the piece "The TV Doc as Surgeon General: Whose interests will Sanjay Gupta promote?" for Columbia Journalism Review.
MacDonald is communications director with the media watch group FAIR.
She said today: "Many outlets have cheered the 'communications skills'
that Gupta would bring to the post of surgeon general, where he would
be expected to talk on TV about health care reform. But Gupta's
misleading attacks on single-payer health care and the Michael Moore
film 'Sicko' should raise alarm bells about exactly what kind of
perspective Gupta will be bringing to the debate about health care
policy." See FAIR's "CNN vs. Sicko."
A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.