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David Gregory's Props and Pomposity

By L. Brent Bozell · Jan. 2, 2013

The D.C. police investigation of NBC hotshot David Gregory for waving around an empty ammo magazine on “Meet the Press” easily proves two things. First, D.C.'s “ammunition control” laws are ridiculous. But more importantly, once again, we find the arrogance of the national press knows no boundaries.

Let us stipulate that this kind of law is just plain stupid. Empty ammo magazines are less threatening than mosquitoes. The point is, however, that liberals like David Gregory (set ital) do (end ital) subscribe to this kind of idiotic law – for everyone else.

Was Gregory so ignorant that he didn't know he was breaking a D.C. law? Nope. We learned NBC contacted the D.C. police and asked for permission to wave the props, and the cops said no. Then Gregory did it anyway. So not only did he believe he was above the law, he broke it so he could produce maximum buzz for his Sunday show.

Naturally, other media elites leaped to his defense. Newsweek's Howard Kurtz acknowledged Gregory's opportunism, but chided the police for being sticklers: “Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No … Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one … But a police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time.”

Kurtz even made a little video for his site the Daily Download where he took a stand against reality: “Nobody's saying that he's above the law!” Earth to Howard: when you call even a cursory police investigation a “total waste of time,” you're saying Gregory's above the law.

Somehow, Kurtz was “stunned at the vitriol” against Gregory for feeling he could violate the law because he waving a liberal point in the face of the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

This is kind of arrogant confrontation with conservatives was Gregory's chosen path to media power. He threw epic fits of egotism at the Bush White House at the late, great Tony Snow. In 2006, after Gregory demanded that Bush's “failure” in Iraq should be “put before the voters,” Snow outraged him by saying “I think you've admirably expressed the Democratic point of view.”

Gregory mounted his high horse and struck a Napoleonic pose: “Don't try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I'm speaking fact! You can do that to the Democrats; don't do it to me!”

At least Kurtz noticed that when Gregory sat down with President Obama a week after his smackdown with LaPierre, it suddenly became a no-news snoozefest. Gregory brought no showy props to the White House to embarrass Obama. Instead, he asked the president whether he had enough courage to fight for liberals against gun rights: “You know how hard this is. Do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws?”

On Benghazi, Gregory could only ask with a very un-Russert-like vagueness, “After the attack in Benghazi, is there a need for more accountability so that this doesn't happen again? And do you know who was behind the attack at this point?” Gregory also asked Obama if he threw his friend Susan Rice “under the bus,” without acknowledging Rice's campaign of lies on five Sunday shows, including his own.

Back on Sept. 16, the same Gregory that yelled in the White House briefing room about Bush's “failures” of vision in Iraq couldn't quite locate any failures in questioning Rice: “Was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether its an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure to adequately protect U.S. embassies and installations from a spontaneous kind of reaction like this?” (Rice said, “I don't think so.”)

Now back to Obama: the laugh track should have kicked in when Obama mentioned the movie “Lincoln” and Gregory nauseatingly asked, “Is this your Lincoln moment?” Obama's always encouraged Lincoln parallels, no matter how ridiculous, but he laughably insisted, “Well no, look. I never compared myself to Lincoln.”

Even NBC knew it was foisting a liberal double standard on its viewers. Here is NBC's Peter Alexander describing Gregory on the “NBC Nightly News” on Dec. 23: “Facing a barrage of tough questions for the first time since the deadly massacre in Newtown, on 'Meet the Press,' the NRA's CEO Wayne LaPierre forcefully defended his call for armed officers in every school.”

Seven days later, on the same newscast, NBC's Kristen Welker noticed Gregory helpfully offered Obama the floor for “weighing in” against Republicans: “Weighing in from the White House, the president, who appeared on 'Meet the Press,' pushed Republicans to give on taxes.”

This is the reason why liberal journalists shouldn't be so shocked at the “vitriol” against Gregory and his fellow Obama courtiers in the press. Everything they do – legal and illegal, ethical and unethical – looks designed to embarrass and defeat conservatives.



Dioneikes in Colorado said:

Look up the word hypocrisy in the dictionary and you'll find David Gregory's picture. He calls Wayne LaPierre's suggestion of "armed guards" in schools a reckless proposal, but yet he sends his little snot to Sidley Friendship School where there ARE armed guards on duty. GEE ... IMAGINE THAT! Btw that is also the same school that Oboner sends his two snots to also.

Yes folks, the hypocrisy of the Liberals is in fine form and these anal orifices are here to show it. I hope Gregory gets charged and fined, but he'll probably get away with his fecklessness.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Ed Watts in Near Palm Springs replied:


"...snots..." S/B "...beardlets..."

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

NBC, CBS and ABC had me for 45 years, I know what the other side is about
and now I am gone, forever. I am more in the land of presented news now than I have ever been. The aforementioned networks determine what the news is and tell us about it along with their spin.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

What a bunch of idiots masquerading as journalists! No presenting the facts unless they fit the liberal agenda. Journalists are supposed to be objective and not subjective when reporting the news. No personal bias should ever be shown when reporting the news. Typical liberals with their do as I say and not as I do. No armed protection for your children but its okay for mine because mine are more important than yours. We elites must make sure our children grow up safely . Someday they will be running the country because yours are too dumb to know how to take care of themselves. Imbeciles make my blood boil!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Rod in USA replied:

Even those "facts" are spun: They will cite the unemployment rate going down when in fact only their accounting gimmicks (removing welfare recipients or otherwise altering the numerator or denominator) caused it to move. Then they ignore other numbers.

Another stupid trick: Like BHO citing that he "cut (saved) $1 Trillion in 2011". Non-sense. He takes credit for "what we might have spent if" the war in Iraq continued and/or escalated, etc etc.

Never trust a liberal.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

If it weren't for double standards, liberals wouldn't have any!

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Richard J. Abbate of CT in Cheshire, CT said:

I find it hard to believe that from all the colleges and universities spread across this land not one single true journalist of independence, let alone conservative mind, has not come forth over the past ten to twenty years.

I find it equally hard to believe that with all the vast wealth of our so called "millionaires and billionaires" no one has come forth to create, support and engender a truly independent, if not conservative, media outlet.

Must we be forced to depend on and accept Rupert and his pet fox as the only bastion of VERITAS in this vast wasteland? Given his penchant for airing some of the trashiest 'entertainment' on TV, one can only guess that 'fair and balanced' would go the way of the Dodo, if the ratings ever slip.

We need a truly independent and conservative print and broadcast outfit to challenge the propaganda mills of the lamestream media.
Where, oh where, are you? We need an entrepreneur, or group of same, willing to come forth in true capitalistic style and 'find this need and fill it!!!'

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM