CNN's Sanjay Gupta is becoming a regular in these pages for his poor judgment. Less than two months ago, I wrote about his perpetration of what I thought was the worst instance of cancer-cure hype I'd ever seen. A couple of years ago, after Gary Schwitzer wrote about it on his HealthNewsReview blog, I castigated Gupta for offering medical advice on the air, and telling readers he was not only their doctor, but also their "coach."
And now, shucks, he's gone and done it again. In a documentary entitled Deadly Dose that aired on CNN last night, Gupta breaks the news that Americans are overdosing on prescription drugs at an alarming rate, which isn't really news at all. Does anyone remember Rush Limbaugh? His highly publicized involvement with prescription drugs was revealed in 2006, and it probably wasn't news to many people back then. It's news to even fewer now.
What's exciting about Gupta's new report is whom he chose to interview as an expert:
I wouldn't interview Gupta on presidential politics, and I wouldn't interview Clinton on drug overdoses.
Gupta apparently thinks otherwise.