MichaelMoore.com: The trouble with Sanjay Gupta

MichaelMoore.com : The trouble with Sanjay Gupta

January 6th, 2009 6:02 pm
The trouble with Sanjay GuptaBy Paul Krugman / New York Times

So apparently Obama plans to appoint CNN’s Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General. I don’t have a problem with Gupta’s qualifications. But I do remember his mugging of Michael Moore over Sicko. You don’t have to like Moore or his film; but Gupta specifically claimed that Moore “fudged his facts”, when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong.

What bothered me about the incident was that it was what Digby would call Village behavior: Moore is an outsider, he’s uncouth, so he gets smeared as unreliable even though he actually got it right. It’s sort of a minor-league version of the way people who pointed out in real time that Bush was misleading us into war are to this day considered less “serious” than people who waited until it was fashionable to reach that conclusion. And appointing Gupta now, although it’s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.

2 Responses

  1. Hey Kim,

    So I wonder what will Michael Moore’s position be on Obama and Dr Guptah?

    ya know what I mean?

    • ;)


      FYI: Ian did this post. I have not been following the story. Ian noticed the connections.

      Thanks for chiming in. Good to have you around.


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