Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Medical reporters in Haiti get directly involved in treating patients; an issue for their journalism?

Sphere, whose content is often headlined to AOL subscribers, has a story on whether journalists in Haiti have “crossed the line”, link here. Medical reporters, especially CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, have become deeply involved in treating patients, performing emergency surgeries. Gupta, 40, born in India but raised in Michigan, a slender man who seems like one of CNN’s most engaging and yet aggressive reporters, is a neurosurgeon who normally practices in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.

Does involvement by medical reporters affect their journalistic objectivity?

Gupta says there is a great lack of neurosurgeons in the area, but the United States military (as well as British and European armed forces) should be sending combat surgeons quickly.

The Red Cross Comfort ship should arrive Jan. 22.

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