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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 02:23 PM

Frank Rich- Is David Gregory even a Journalist?

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Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: SCOTUS defeats DOMA, the Voting Rights Act suffers a mortal wound, and Obama fights back on climate change.

On Sunday, Meet the Press host David Gregory all but accused the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald of aiding and abetting Edward Snowden's fugitive travels, asking, "Why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" Was Gregory over the line? And, speaking to his larger point, do you see Greenwald as a journalist or an activist in this episode? And does it matter?
Is David Gregory a journalist? As a thought experiment, name one piece of news he has broken, one beat he’s covered with distinction, and any memorable interviews he’s conducted that were not with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin, or Chuck Schumer. Meet the Press has fallen behind CBS’s Face the Nation, much as Today has fallen to ABC’s Good Morning America, and my guess is that Gregory didn’t mean to sound like Joe McCarthy (with a splash of the oiliness of Roy Cohn) but was only playing the part to make some noise. In any case, his charge is preposterous. As a columnist who published Edward Snowden’s leaks, Greenwald was doing the job of a journalist — and the fact that he’s an “activist” journalist (i.e., an opinion journalist, like me and a zillion others) is irrelevant to that journalistic function. If Gregory had integrity and guts, he would have added that the journalist Barton Gellman of the Washington Post, who published the other set of Snowden leaks (and arguably more important ones), aided and abetted a crime. But it’s easier for Gregory to go after Greenwald, a self-professed outsider who is not likely to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner and works for a news organization based in London. Presumably if Gregory had been around 40 years ago, he also would have accused the Times of aiding and abetting the enemy when it published Daniel Ellsberg’s massive leak of the Pentagon Papers. In any case, Greenwald demolished Gregory on air and on Twitter (“Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?”). The new, incoming leadership of NBC News has a golden opportunity to revamp Sunday morning chat by making a change at Meet the Press. I propose that Gregory be full-time on Today, where he can speak truth to power by grilling Paula Deen.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 02:25 PM

1. Gregory is a shill for power

His disco dance with Rove was vomit-inducing.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 04:21 PM

4. Exactly-- more of a PR facilitator than anything else. His predecessor, Tim Russert, was once

 

asked once why he didn't call out these politicians and corporate leaders when they say something he knows to be false. He said that wasn't his job. His job was to 'get their version of the story on record'.

I imagine he put it that way because it's so much easier to justify than, "I'm a stage prop, designed to make propaganda spots look like interviews".

I mean, it's not as if Meet the Press interviews a broad, even swath of the political and social landscape. It interviews corporate politicians and big business insiders of various types almost exclusively. THOSE are the stories Russert was there to 'get into the record', and no others.

Gregory is just another stage prop.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 02:25 PM

2. And, just so you know, Frank Rich will be the guest programmer on TCM for the next week or

so. He was a film critic before and I look forward to his choices on TCM.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 04:12 PM

3. Ha! That's gotta smart!

Thanks for standing up for investigative reporters, Mr. Rich, as one would expect from a real journalist -- as distinguished from the sycophant-to-the-powerful David Gregory.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 04:32 PM

5. No, he's not a journalist, he's a propagandist.

Gregory didn’t mean to sound like Joe McCarthy (with a splash of the oiliness of Roy Cohn)


Lol, I love that quote.

Criminalizing journalists. Gregory will have the distinction of being credited with saying it out loud, not that it hasn't been tried, but a lot more subtly.

He'll be okay though, his Corporate Bosses will reward him for his 'work' even though it has been a spectacular failure.

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