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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:36 AM
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New York Observer- David Gregory: NBC's Lame Duck?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 08:37 AM by ErinBerin84
Ok, this might be moved to general discussion or media, but I know that Gregory has been the subject of many threads lately about how vile he has been in this general election season. This provided me with some morning giggles. I like the suggestion about Gregory taking over Brit Hume's place on Fox news! And I agree that he is vanilla, but he does have an "opinion voice", he just disguises it as an anchor voice, like many corporate whores.


http://www.observer.com/2008/media/david-gregory-nbc-s-...

David Gregory: NBC's Lame-Duck?


On the morning of Sunday, July 20, NBC News paterfamilias Tom Brokaw was wrapping up Meet the Press, where he has been anchor since the sudden and untimely death of Tim Russert.The weekly round table had ended, and it was time to say goodbye to his guests, NBC political director Chuck Todd and NBC White House correspondent David Gregory.

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Mr. Gregory kept smiling as the credits rolled. But if deep inside his mind there was a momentarily flicker of career anxiety, the ambitious newsman could be forgiven. Since Russerts death, speculation about the future anchor of Meet the Press has tended to favor the 36-year-old Mr. Todd and Mr. Gregory, 37. And it was Mr. Todd who got the public invitation to return. Of course, its not Mr. Brokaws decision. But the slip was a reminder that nobody in Washington seems to be paying attention to Mr. Gregorys new show.

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He was that guy for the Bush administration, said Mark Leibovich, a Washington-based reporter at The New York Times. In a sense, he was the perfect Bush foil. Everything you hear about how George Bush felt alienated at Andover and Yale, and how he felt aggressively anti-elitist towards the people he thought were full of themselves, well, David Gregory would certainly fit that mold. But lame-duck presidents create lame-duck White House correspondents. And so identifying the silver-haired heartthrob with the big political story of the day was a blessing from the network. From the moment the show kicked off on March 17, things looked grim. The format was essentially a high-tech version of, say, The McLaughlin Group, with various journalists sitting around debating topics of Mr. Gregorys choosing. There was one innovation: Instead of sitting around a table, the heads of the various guests appeared in boxes. An unfavorable review of the show in The New Republic promptly described the look as intergalactic Nancy Grace.


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Halfway through his stint at the 6 p.m. hour on MSNBC, Mr. Gregorys numbers are solid but not remarkable. For the second quarter of 2008 (from late March to late June), Race for the White House averaged roughly 526,000 total viewers and 161,000 in the 25-54 demographicroughly twice the audience that Tucker Carlson averaged during the second quarter of 2007. Twice Tucker is a form of damnation by faint praise. And numbers for Race for the White House have been relatively flat from month to month, suggesting that Mr. Gregory has already attracted the audience that will recognize and follow his name. Now its a question of what his show can do. And while his colleagues at MSNBC have been stirring up controversy and grabbing attention from viewers inside the Beltway at every turn, Mr. Gregory has yet to make much noise.


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If you think he has real talentand boy he does, hes a good ad-libber, hes good on his feetyou would think that NBC would think twice about building that brand before they mix news with opinion, said The New Yorkers Ken Auletta. On the other hand, if he does not develop an opinion voice, is he vanilla as an anchor on MSNBC?

At the same time, the show has also done little to define Mr. Gregorys anchoring style. Should the network posit Mr. Gregory as a big thinker or as an entertaining character? For the time being, they have done neither.

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If Mr. Gregory is to have a shot at Meet the Press, hes going to have a rough autumn.

Then again, if Meet the Press doesnt come calling, there may be other options around the corner. In January, anchor chairs could well open at other networksKatie Courics seat at CBS, for instance, or Brit Humes at Fox News. And then, once Barack Obama is inaugurated, Mr. Gregory could return to where he came from, live to fight another day.


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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:44 AM
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1. heh, Politico and Wonkette linked the NY Observer story
I love the idea of the beltway people reading it and making fun of Gregory!


Wonkette-

http://wonkette.com/401354/whatever-happened-to-david-g...
Whatever Happened to David Gregory?

Hey, has anybody seen David Gregorys show on the MSNBC, called, uh, That Thing Between Episodes of Hardball? Yeah, us neither. Apparently it features bottled heads in a spaceship, with David Gregory being very self-important in front of them. Unsurprisingly, people do not watch this show, and the gentleman who made his bones being a comically aggressive dick to George Bush in press conferences now finds his star on the wane.

Meanwhile our girl Rachel Maddow is doing marvelously filling in for Keith Olbermann no surprise there, as 90 percent of Olbermann viewers, while biologically male, are emotional lesbians.

Tom Brokaw was mean to David Gregory on Meet the Press and nobody knows what to with that big lummox now. Maybe send him to Mexico with Lou Dobbs? Oh wait, other network. CABLE NEWS IS CONFUSING.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:02 AM
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2. "silver-haired heartthrob???"....Dear god....n/t
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:04 AM
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3. yeah, I sincerely hope that comment was in jest...
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:08 AM
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4. I think they were mocking his self perception
which I think is spot on


Gregory's "eager beaver" style has become almost manic.


Medication and a career change are in order.
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:10 AM
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5. yeah, Gregory is the ultimate bimbette who tries to be taken seriously.
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 10:16 AM by ErinBerin84
I read a rumor a while back that he dyes his hair silver to be taken seriously. I'm sure it's not true, but that's a perfect summation of the vibe I get from him. The article definitely seemed to take a mocking tone of him.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:10 AM
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6. No idea what happened to Gregory. He did well questioning Chimpy
when no one else would.

Maybe he's just a perpetual dissenter. Now that Obama is popular, he doesn't feel right going along with that either.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:49 AM
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10. at that time he was part of the pack. Now he is still part of the pack.

He never challenges conventional wisdom.


If you notice his MTP with Todd he would simply take the last thing somebody else said and try to restate it more forcefully.


He never challenges the premise of an idea, just how well that idea has been stated. Its how he runs his MSNBC show too.
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:12 AM
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7. It's also linked up at Huff
where I commented that we here at DU have been starting our own FYDG (fuck you David Gregory) threads nearly every night
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:13 AM
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8. Get rid of him and give Rachel Maddow his timeslot and i'll bet you'll see a big increase in ratings
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:23 AM
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9. Perhaps he and Karl Rove could team up and go on ..
Dancing with the Stars.
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