This past August 17, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the chief medical correspondent for CNN, described the Community Choice Act as making hospitals accessible for wheelchairs. What has really angered activists that have worked since 1990 for this progressive idea to our Medicaid system is that Gupta, rather than being silent about what he knows nothing about, filled CNN air time with misinformation.
If you did have to give a sound byte on CCA, it would be “Medicaid reform to end the institutional bias.” It is almost more intriguing how Sanjay Gupta came up with his mischaracterization, but since August 17th ADAPT has waited for a correction.
ADAPT assumes the reason CNN pays Dr. Gupta so much is because they expect him to clearly understand issues dealing with health care in the US. Last summer, when Americans were working diligently to understand the components of the health care reform bill Gupta’s comment to “make hospitals accessible for wheelchairs,” shows a clear lack of analysis in his specialty.
ADAPT has created a video basically asking Sanjay Gupta and CNN’s Vice President for Legal affairs, David Vigilante, to do their jobs. If American’s are to trust CNN and Gupta, they must recognize when their work has failed or analysis is poor. ADAPT is asking that on April 1st, you call David Vigilante and ask him to keep his promise of an on-air correction. CNN will be on all day today, and on April Fools’ Day. Can you trust CNN?
ADAPT video (cc): http://www.adapt.org/freeourpeople/atlanta09/gupta/gupta10g.swf