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TV Doctors Celebrate Release of Sanjay Gupta’s New Book

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“I’m grateful all the docs showed up, it’s amazing, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, they’re all here. So if something happens, you’re going to be very well taken care of, and the whole world is going to know about it.”

Last night, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta threw a party in midtown Manhattan for the release of his new book, “Cheating Death.”

Pictured above, you can see Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez, NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Mehmet Oz of “Oprah” fame, ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser, and Deepak Chopra.

The CNNers were out in full-force, with morning show hosts John Roberts, Kiran Chetry, and HLN’s Robin Meade, who was in town from Atlanta, among the guests. Larry King also stopped in, as did Soledad O’Brien and T.J. Holmes.

CNN/US President Jon Klein told the crowd that the turnout was attributable to Gupta’s reputation as both a good reporter and a good colleague. Klein said Gupta, who travels the world for CNN and still practices medicine every week, had taken the time recently to help him find a surgeon for his father.

Gupta’s “Cheating Death” recently made the WSJ list of best health books of 2009 (along with ABC News contributor Marie Savard’s “Ask Dr. Marie”), and Gupta said he was inspired by the larger role he thinks medical reporting can play.

“There are instances where I think media can help lead medicine,” he told the crowd. “But when we talk about reporting on things around the world, we typically think of that as news. In certain instances it can it can actually lead the charge.”

TVNewser caught up with Gupta at the party to ask him about his new book, the politicization of medical reporting, and his decision to pass up the surgeon general job. We also used to opportunity to solicit some free medical advice.

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The Ticker: (Weekend Edition): Gotti, Chopra, Gadhafi…

> Tonight on “48 Hours Mystery” for the first time ever, John Gotti‘s children, Angel, Victoria and Peter, speak openly about a life shrouded in secrecy and reveal what they knew about the mafia in an interview with correspondent Troy Roberts. From the death of one brother and the trial of their another – nothing, CBS tells us, is off limits.

> Tomorrow ABC’s “World News Sunday” launches a new series called “Happiness, Inc.” Anchor Dan Harris sits down with Dr. Deepak Chopra to talk about spreading his message in a multi-media age.

> Larry King interviewed two world leaders in one day. On Friday, King spoke with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Ahmadinejad aired last night, Gadhafi airs Monday night. The one-on-one with Gadhafi took place at the Libyan Mission in New York, not in his tent, which is now on its way to Venezuela.

The Weekend Ticker: Chopra, Pitney, Woodruff…

> This morning on Good Morning America Weekend Deepak Chopra will share a recording he’d been working on with Michael Jackson. Last night on MSNBC, Chopra said that in 2005 Jackson asked him for a prescription for Oxycontin.

> The Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney is on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow to talk about the prearranged question he asked at Pres. Obama’s news conference this week. WaPo’s Dana Milbank weighs in too.

> Tonight’s ABC News production “Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff” looks at eco-terrorism. Woodruff highlights the emergence of the groups ELF and ALF which have caused more than $150 million in damages trying to stop deforestation. The show airs tonight at 6:30pmET on Planet Green.