Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

Policy Blog: Sanjay Gupta possible Surgeon General nominee

In Policy Blog on January 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a possible pick for Surgeon General in Obama’s new Administration.  Dr. Gupta is most famous for being CNN’s medical correspondent, but also reports for other media outlets and works the speakers’ circuit.  Here’s a pretty good article on his background from AARP’s website.  In addition to limited political experience, he has a lukewarm record on reproductive rights.

My strongest memory of Dr. Gupta is his attack on Michael Moore’s fact-checking for the movie Sicko, and I’m not the only one.  Another concern I have is over his background– what makes a commentator an appropriate choice for public office?  On the other hand, perhaps his fame (and People Magazine Sexiest Man status) can revive the office, which has taken a backseat role for several administrations.

On another note, Obama has nominated Dawn Johnson as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel.  Looks like she will be a strong proponent of the balance of powers.  According to Jodi Jacobson over at RH Reality Check, this is a good sign for reproductive rights.

Update: Here’s The Nation’s take on Dr. Gupta.

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