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What the Gupta–Rogan COVID Conversation Revealed

Though marred by misunderstandings on each side, it was a surprisingly productive discussion.




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his week Joe Rogan, the extremely popular and sometimes controversial podcast host, invited Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, on his show. The dichotomy was fascinating to behold. After all, Rogan is the definition of what journalism hates today — a freelancer outside the editorial control of old media — and Gupta the epitome of medical journalism in America today. But surprisingly (or maybe not, for those of us familiar with Rogan and Gupta), this was one of the most productive conversations to have been conducted in this country since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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