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Cash_thatswhatiwant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:49 PM
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flash back: David Gregory Mouthed Off to a Waitress, Got Scolded by Tim Russert
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 08:00 PM by Cash_thatswhatiwant
Did David Gregory almost lose his shot at getting his show on MSNBC?

About a month ago, he joined NBC colleague Tim Russert at a Washington D.C. restaurant for dinner, where he showed his lack of appreciation for the help. David Gregory: Not a consummate dining companion?

The twosome's waitress somehow messed up their dinner order, and Gregory who CBS is supposedly "enamored" with in their hunt for a Katie Couric replacement let's say, caustically reminded her how bad she erred.

But the server wasn't the only one who got a scolding: Russert chewed Gregory out for his tactless behavior. "Russert warned Gregory never to behave that way in front of him again," says a spy.

And once MSNBC got wind of the story, they made Gregory "promise up and down to change his behavior" before they handed him the 6pm slot, we're told. Not to mention that this incident is not, we're assured, the first time Gregory has chewed out a less-than-competent service employee.

But the NBC staffers in D.C. wouldn't be surprised that's his normal workplace behavior. "He still treats most of the newsroom like shit," says a NBC insider. Not that the higher ups are reprimanding him for how he treats his staff or anything. Says our tattler: "Amazing how NBC cares more about food servers than about the people who have to deal with Gregory's arrogance every day."

http://www.jossip.com/david-gregory-mouthed-off-to-a-wa... /

King David

How a pompous reporter saved the press corps.

Zachary Roth, The New Republic Published: Monday, June 4, 2007

White House correspondents like to describe their colleague NBC News's David Gregory as a "bit of a showboat." They recount, for instance, the time he ordered a Cape Cod cocktail on a press charter plane--then sent it back four times to achieve the ideal ratio of vodka to cranberry juice. Sticking with the air-travel theme, they note that his luggage tends to fill two overhead storage compartments. "He has a kind of traveling wardrobe," one reporter explains. And when, on his birthday, Gregory affixed to his backpack a bunch of balloons that read "You're Great!", reporters joked that he had bought them for himself.

Watching Gregory joust with President Bush and his spokesmen, you can see the genesis of this punch line. When he broke into French to question Jacques Chirac at a joint presidential press conference, Bush interjected, "The guy memorizes four words, and he plays like he's intercontinental."

Nor does Gregory have any compunction about throwing a hissy fit in full view. Herewith, the locus classicus of the genre:

White House press secretary Scott McClellan: Hold on. Cameras aren't on right now. You can do this later.

Gregory: Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras. Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question.

McClellan: You don't have to yell.

Gregory: I will yell. If you want to use that podium and try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that's wrong.

http://www.tnr.com/story_print.html?id=b9c32335-df8a-4f... more

"Once, I was hanging with some friends in DC and we decided to go to the Capitol. We agreed to meet at a certain point at the front steps when we were done. There were maybe 8 of us. Well it turns out that David Gregory was reporting from the lawn of the Capitol around the spot where we were meeting up. The guy did his report, turned around, and proceeded to berate us and curse at us for being fame seeking assholes for ruining his shot and then asked if we wanted his autograph."

http://gawker.com/385687/david-gregory-you-say-jerk



oops, i meant to put this in general discussion
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:50 PM
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1. the Jossip stuff probably isn't true
but I love to think it is anyway, because they always have lots of good shit about David Gregory on there, haha.
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Cash_thatswhatiwant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:03 PM
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2. I can see it being true. I've heard from more than just the internet that he's an ass.
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:05 PM
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3. yes, I definitely can believe he is very high maintenance/prone to tantrums
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camera obscura Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:00 PM
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4. Jossip is pretty reliable actually - Olbermann has referenced them more than once
you'd be surprised how many of those folks read their own gossip stories (and presumably leak stories about their rivals)
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:09 PM
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5. true, but I also remember
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:09 PM by ErinBerin84
Jossip posted an item " Olbermann cited us? Guess that means he believes all the stuff we post about him then too". But in any case...Jossip if hilarious. According to it, Scarborough and Gregory don't like each other, David Gregory throws tantrums, and Shuster is considered weird because he is quiet and isn't friends with anybody other than Matthews there. So much more stuff, but it's worth a couple giggles to search all their alleged MSNBC drama. Oh yeah, and my favorite...that Gregory colors his hair silver to look like a statesmen. I could believe it, seriously.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:26 PM
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7. And like I said, Jossip trashes Olbermann all the time.
If there's a vicious, groundless rumor Page Six or anyone else starts about him, they're on it.

They're really just a piece of trash web site.
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camera obscura Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:11 AM
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10. It seems MSNBC is a teen drama... wait, I'd actually believe that, just add CNN and Fox as well
:rofl:
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:24 PM
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6. They also trash Keith Olbermann all the time
so if you want to take their word for anything, best do it with a huuuuge grain of salt.

Personally, I think David Hauslaib might as well have burned his journalism diploma.
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camera obscura Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:10 AM
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9. Oh I do, but it's a gossip site, they're reaching for the Gawker audience which means 24/7 snark
But to be honest I don't find it incredibly unbelievable that Olbermann could be a jerk as well. Maybe not as bad as the rest of them, but hey, he's human. As long as they leave Rachel alone, I'm cool ;)
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Tutonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:00 PM
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8. Loved it! He cussed them out and then asked if they wanted an
autograph? So very Mommie Dearest. The Monday morning crew were all besides themselves trying to chat him up--they must really want to kick him in the nuts. Hopefully Brokaw spit in his eye yesterday.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:47 AM
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11. Holy Crap, I remember this guy from back in Tucson.
Didn't realize he had made it so "big league". (Side effect of not having a TV)

Yes, he has a *total* blind spot to social roles/classes/caste, and as such, will chew out waitresses, presidential staff, cameramen, people in his shot, etc.

It's a personality feature both admirable, and deeply unsettling, depending on the context.
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:21 AM
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12. I remember when
David Gregory was revered on this site because of the way he asked questions and talked back during press conferences. I can remember only a couple of people revered by DU that haven't been sent to the dog house by now. It will be interesting to see who is going next.
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:27 AM
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17. True, I used to like him when he was in the White House Press Corps
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 08:28 AM by ErinBerin84
And, while dancing with Karl Rove made me angry, it wasn't what made me dislike him. I really wanted to give his new show a chance, but he really is horrible as a moderator. He was not even handed, let Nicole Wallace babble on forever while challenging everything the Democrats said. He used RW talking points and usual union bashing. And he wasn't just playing devil's advocate, because he was one sided about it. Maybe it was just to get ahead and bat down the "liberal bias" label that the right wing wanted to give to him, but it was such a disappointment, and I really did give the show lots of chances. I'll watch MTP a couple of times to see if he's any better, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:43 AM
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13. Regardless of whether it is true, Gregory hit his Peter Principle ceiling as a White House
correspondent. In fact, I wondered who he knew to get that job. IMO, although both are Pubs, NBC has replaced the class valedictorian (Russert) with the class clown.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:27 AM
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16. Gregory is more akin to "the prince" than the "class clown" ... they think because they're ...
physically attractive and (with men) super-tall that everybody should figuratively "slobber all over them."

There's nothing admirable about "a pompous ass." Looks only take you so far. :(
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Alter Ego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:47 AM
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14. So Gregory's a pissy, bitchy, spoiled little manchild.
What else is new?
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:22 AM
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15. Gregory is a BIG TALL POMPOUS ASS.
The stereotype for "the temperament" of most TALL MEN is that they are "quiet and reserved" in demeanor because their size sort of speaks for them.

Well we all know that generalization does NOT hold true for either David Gregory and Bill O'Reilly who stand 6'5."

About a week back David Gregory was saying words to the effect that his height was "blocking out" the NY City Christmas Tree. Talk about your DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. Like Gregory, Bill O'Reilly needs to remind "little people" like petite women and Jon Stewart (5'7") how tall they are ... "and you're not." :eyes:

Hey, "Stretch" and "Orely?" Jon Stewart is a bigger man (spirit and morality) than either of you will EVER be. :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5pK7sK0i4A

David Gregory being himself (Pompous Ass):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A20RagPirNo
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:52 AM
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18. but he's nice to Karl Rove
which is what counts.
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