In Defense of the Sanjay Gupta Appointment
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I understand the critiques launched by Paul Krugman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and others against Dr. Sanjay Gupta -- he did accuse Michael Moore of "fudging the facts" in Sicko when Moore had done no such thing. But in the end he apologized and admitted he was wrong, which is a lot more than is frequently forthcoming in these situations.
I actually think Gupta is an inspired choice. This morning in Politico, they note that Tom Daschle may use Gupta in a grassroots campaign to sell the Obama health care plan to the public. Gupta is a known and trusted public personality, and this appointment gives him the official status to explain and defend the plan on the government's behalf. His familiar face will be a powerful antidote to any kind of well-funded "Harry and Louise" style campaign aimed at tanking it.