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David Gregory 'live' is usually way off my radar. I get my Political news from this Satanic site right here, other tidbits from the Intertube machine. In the interest of coronary health I stopped watching 'Network' shows like 'Meet the Press' and the other Sunday morning shows.

I stopped watching because I had long felt like I was Charlie Brown, and the talking heads were all just another incarnation of Lucy - the friend who would always move the ball when Charlie had committed to kicking it.

No matter how large the stakes or issues of the day, the well coiffed Mr. Gregory would always find a way to poke at the issues in that nauseating 'balanced' manner. You know the balance, Mr. Gregory will say* "Well Mr. Democrat, Matt Drudge reported that you eviscerated and ate 3 baby dolphins at the National Zoo, please respond?" While the Dem clears his throat to comprehend this new frame, Mr. Gregory will say "We'll have to leave it there".

* all quotes herein fabricated

My David Gregory free run had bought me some peace of mind since my stroke** upon viewing David Gregory dancing with what I always assumed was the devil (see it here if you are foolish or brave enough Karl Rove raps & dances at correspondents party).

** all strokes reported herein are fabricated

Let me attach an onion to my belt and amble to my point below the orange hot dog in a straight jacket.


So I overslept today and woke up hear Mr. Gregory's voice on the TeeVee - my wife likes to watch 'Today' in the morning, and I am usually far away from the Today thing while it hawks whatever wares it hawks.

I awoke to hearing a Today nice hairdo! person asking Mr. Gregory about the Medicare/Medicaid focus of the Presidential campaign. In my semi-sleep state I smiled, thinking ahh - here's where a little truth might leak out about the amazing lie machine bulldozer that has been assembled and is referred to as the 'Romney Campaign'.

Then Mr. Gregory began to speak about the 'opportunity' that has been 'presented' to Mitt in that he can go on 'offense' and 'defense' with the same issue! Without a trace** of irony Mr. Gregory went on to describe in loving terms how he views the process of the campaign battle for the lead in the horse race for the Presidency.

** any indication of sincere human emotion on Mr. Gregory's part is fabricated

The earnest examination of every available 'fact' on the national stage via charlatans like Mr. Gregory is killing our Country. How can we get the 'Mr. (and Ms) Gregory's to use their platforms to at the very least limit the amount of time they spend on trivia and strive for a big picture of WTF is happening.

The lack of a coherent reality based narrative has given rise to the "Everything on the InterTubes must be true" meme - which statement (if someone forced Mr. Gregory to read it) would quickly pivot to "Did you know Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet"?

Is there a way to Occupy David Gregory? Can we get his well turned out a*s out of the bleachers and up onto a referee stand? We can use a volleyball approach - give him a whistle, some line judges, and a large viewing platform. Oh wait, he already has the platform.

All suggestions welcomed.

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  •  I dislike hit and run, but I need to head out for (3+ / 0-)
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    NoMoJoe, Dave in Northridge, quaoar

    a job interview soon.

    I was laid off (after 19 years) in June, and I need to spend a lot of virtual and regular shoe leather..

    Thanks for any suggestions

  •  Your hypothetical is incorrect. (2+ / 0-)
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    cactusgal, luckylizard

    David Gregory would never say

    Matt Drudge reported that you eviscerated ....
    He would definitely go with
    Some people say that you eviscerated ...
    What's really fucking sad about this dooshbag is he was the only one who kept asking questions during Ari Fleischer's run as stonewaller in chief.  He'd never get any answers, but the rest of the White House press corps would just STFU.

    I think we get rid of guys like David Gregory by making clear to the producers that their shows will either be irrelevant or fair.  The party needs to stop letting centrist Dems go on these shows, and put strong voiced progressive dems going on to go against the hardline republicans.  If not it's going to be a hardline republican clown fest circle with them all just agreeing with each other.

    •  That's Not Going to Happen (3+ / 0-)

      Even if a Progressive Democrat was allowed to speak on Meet the Press, let alone even get in the show, they would face all alone 4 Radical Republicans screamning and interrupting.

      •  This turns out not to be the case (0+ / 0-)

        Rachel Maddow only had to face one in-your-face interrupter on Meet the Press last Sunday, the editor of National Review. And Gregory played an excellent Democratic ad attacking Romney/Ryan to RNC Chair Reince Priebus, calling it a "rap sheet" on Republicans with no prompting from anyone.

        OK, Damned with faint praise. I only ever watch him when Rachel is on.

        Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

        by Mokurai on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 05:56:27 PM PDT

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  •  Your post is proof that I am right (0+ / 0-)

    about David Gregory

    I have dubbed him "The Undertaker"  

  •  Gregory does not want to be a "referee." (1+ / 0-)
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    He seems wants to be a journalist, and just report on what is happening, including the accusations that each side is making, without discussing the validity of such accusations.  

    Commentators, on the other hand, like Maddow, do take it upon themselves to give viewers their opinions as to the validity of the accusations. If that's what you want, you should not watch Gregory, because he's never going to do that.  He doesn't purport to.

    Meet the Press is always going to look for a host that both sides think is biased against them.  Since there's almost never going to be agreement by both sides that a person is "completely fair," that's about the best they can do on a show that wants to sell itself as non-partisan.

    •  Wrong! Journalist Do Not Merely Report (1+ / 0-)
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      REAL journalist are suppose to discuss the validity of all information they are reporting:

      Because journalism's first loyalty is to the citizenry, journalists are obliged to tell the truth and must serve as an independent monitor of powerful individuals and institutions within society. The essence of journalism is to provide citizens with reliable information through the discipline of verification, as well providing a forum for public criticism.
      Any pea-brain talking-head can read pre-written scripts as to the accusations that each side is making, but a real journalist verifies - you know, like how Maddow does.

      But if you think that a rightward false-equivalency snooze fest like MTP is non-partisan, then I guess you consider people such as Richard Murrow to be commentators. Also.

      I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

      by OnlyWords on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 09:21:11 AM PDT

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      •  OnlyWords - however a true journalist (0+ / 0-)

        writes and reports in a way where no bias can be detected. I spent seven years in the MSM during what I call the golden age of journalism 1950-1990. An age we will never return to. It's kind of funny because what created that golden age was profits. Big city daily newspapers and broadcast television were so profitable that media companies could afford big news staffs and profits insulated you from the pressure of advertisers.

        The very best in both print and broadcast went through great pains to take any hint of bias or allegiance with any political party or philosophy out of their reporting. When you finished reading a piece in print or listening to a broadcast report you could not tell if they were liberal or conservative.

        I don't consider any of the cable news hosts to be reporters, they are all more like editorial writers, they express opinions, and that's fine. They are upfront that these are opinion shows. That's not traditional journalism in my view and I don't watch any of them. I like the BBC and the Japanese "PBS", CSPAN, and our own PBS news.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 04:52:41 PM PDT

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        •  Like Edward R. Murrow taking down McCarthy? (0+ / 0-)

          That wasn't real journalism? Walter Cronkite taking down the Vietnam War? Everybody who reported on WW II?

          You make me laugh.

          Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

          by Mokurai on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 06:01:55 PM PDT

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    •  Gregory is classic village sycophant, not referee (1+ / 0-)
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      ...Gregory epitomizes the class of MSM who "work" by cozily schmoozing with political figures and power brokers in fancy bars and clubs, and don't wish to put being part of the tight "in" circle at risk.  The "both sides do it" approach to journalism is a ploy to attempt to minimize rocking the boat and getting thrown overboard.

  •  Ahhh, the memories..... (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry, but (13+ / 0-)

    Fuck David Gregory, right-wing hack.

    Next time I will tell you how I really feel.

    by gougef on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 02:57:18 PM EDT

    "Drudge: soundslike sludge, islike sewage."
    (-7.25, -6.72)

    by gougef on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 10:14:25 AM PDT

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