I donâ€™t have a problem with Guptaâ€™s qualifications. But I do remember his mugging of Michael Moore over Sicko. You donâ€™t have to like Moore or his film; but Gupta specifically claimed that Moore â€œfudged his factsâ€, when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong.
What bothered me about the incident was that it was what Digby would call Village behavior: Moore is an outsider, heâ€™s uncouth, so he gets smeared as unreliable even though he actually got it right. Itâ€™s sort of a minor-league version of the way people who pointed out in real time that Bush was misleading us into war are to this day considered less â€œseriousâ€ than people who waited until it was fashionable to reach that conclusion. And appointing Gupta now, although itâ€™s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.