Professional Ethics v. Morality

February 16, 2010 • Ethics and Quality • by

Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon, reports from Haiti.

Physician-journalists like Gupta typically appear on staff to offer a sophisticated understanding of medical science, clinical practice or health advice. Not only has Gupta been filmed reporting from the field, but also performing surgery and working in a Haitian emergency medical clinic.  Alas, the fusion of doctor and journalist is troubling for more than a few media ethicists, concerned a “marketing element” may linger in the story’s backdrop. According to Poynter Online’s Bob Steele, “this situation with Sanjay Gupta the physician and Sanjay Gupta the journalist is not as black and white as it might appear.”

Read more at Poynter Online.

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