Goldstein closes with a hypothetical:
Sanjay Gupta’s Heartless Interview with Dick Cheney
The not so subtle implications of Gupta’s commentary and questions was that Cheney’s judgment, cognition, decision making ability and even his mental health was compromised and because of that we ended up in Afghanistan and Iraq and with enhanced interrogation and terrorist surveillance programs.
That is certainly true, but there is a better exampe of media malpractice than Gupta's treatment of Bill Clinton.
There is no way that Gupta would have taken this tone or asked those sort of questions of a liberal policymaker who had a life threatening medical condition. Gupta, who was President Obama’s original appointee as Surgeon General, certainly did not take such a condescending tone much less question the cognition, judgment, decision making capacity or the mental health of Bill Clinton when he interviewed former Commander-in-Chief about his heart troubles in August 2011.
Compare Gupta's treatment of Cheney with the media's resolute refusal to examine Joe Biden's health, age and erratic behavior. (Cheney was 68 when he left office; Crazy Joe is already 71)