Mr. Obama has apparently tapped Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be the next Surgeon General.
Okay…cool…he’s a practicing brain surgeon with White House experience that knows how to deal with the media and talk to politicians.
But a bitch finds that this pick comes with extra journalistic amusement-based quizzicals.
CNN has a report up quoting “sources” that say the Obama transition team has approached Gupta and stating the Gupta met with Team Obama in November in Chicago.
So, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent didn't breaking news about the new Surgeon General pick because he is the news about the new Surgeon General pick.
CNN also reports that Gupta declined to comment and they issued a statement saying “Since first learning that Dr. Gupta was under consideration for the surgeon general position, CNN has made sure that his on-air reporting has been on health and wellness matters and not on health-care policy or any matters involving the new administration."
That shit just begs some questions – when did CNN learn that Dr. Gupta was under consideration, did they learn this information from Dr. Gupta or another source and why the fuck didn’t they ask Gupta to step aside while under consideration?
I mean, just because the people reporting the news are the news doesn’t mean the other people reporting the news are off the hook for reporting the news.
Or is this a sign of the Dan Abramsification of all things media?