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Gupta for Surgeon General?

Another pundit turned policymaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the telegenic medical correspondent/expert for CNN and CBS, is in line to become Surgeon General.

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports that Barack Obama has offered the neurosurgeon the job, and vetting is currently underway. CNN followed up with its own report, quoting “sources inside the transition and at CNN.”

While Gupta has experience and expertise, and served as a White House fellow during the Clinton years, he no doubt would add a PR flair to a position that demands the public’s attention. 

CNN released this statement: “Since first learning that Dr. Gupta was under consideration for the surgeon general position, CNN has made sure that his on-air reporting has been on heath and wellness matters and not on health-care policy or any matters involving the new administration.”

Meanwhile, there is now talk of another figure in the Time Warner fold — albeit way up the corporate ladder — taking a role in the Obama adminstration. Time’s The Page reports that former chairman Richard Parsons is under consideration as Secretary of Commerce, replacing Bill Richardson who removed his name from the confirmation process on Sunday. Parsons already is a member of Obama’s transition team of economic advisors, and has held posts in the Ford adminstration. There had been considerable talk of him running for mayor of New York before Michael Bloomberg successfully won passage of a new term limits law that allows him to run for a third term in 2009.

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