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Newsman to Tony Snow: 'Don't Point Your Finger At Me!' [David Gregory Bafoon Alert]
Editor & Publisher ^ | 9/5/2006 | E&P Staff

Posted on 09/05/2006 8:46:32 PM PDT by RedCell

Newsman to Tony Snow: 'Don't Point Your Finger At Me!'

By E&P Staff

Published: September 05, 2006 4:15 PM ET updatted 4:30 PM ET

NEW YORK A not especially eventful press briefing at the White House today turned rancorous with NBC's David Gregory telling Press Secretary Tony Snow, "Don't point your finger at me," and Snow accusing the newsman of being "rude" and delivering Democratic talking points.

Earlier, speaking to reporters, Snow, continuing the administration's media focus on the war on terror, accused "some in the Democratic Party" of saying "we shouldn't fight the war" and "we shouldn't apprehend al-Qaeda" or even "question al-Qaeda."

Snow got into a tussle with Gregory after the NBC journalist told him, in a lengthy remark, that the public may wonder why the president's statement and report today on the war on terror did not admit more failings on the administration's part. Snow observed that he had nicely summarized "the Democratic point of view," and Gregory took exception to this.

This exchange followed. *

Q Actually, Tony, I don't think that's fair, if you look at the facts. If you look at the facts.

MR. SNOW: Well, I do, because -- no, because, for instance --

Q No, no, no. No, I don't think you should be able to just wipe that, kind of dismiss the question --

MR. SNOW: Well, let me --

Q It's not a Democratic argument, Tony.

MR. SNOW: Let me answer the question, David.

Q But hold on, let's not let you get away with saying that's a Democratic argument.

MR. SNOW: Okay, let me -- let's not let you get away with being rude. Let me just answer the question, and you can come back at me.

Q Excuse me. Don't point your finger at me. I'm not being rude.

MR. SNOW: Yes, you are.

Q Don't try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I'm speaking fact.

MR. SNOW: Well, okay -- well, no --

Q You can do that to the Democrats; don't do it to me.

MR. SNOW: No, I'm doing it to you because the second part was factually tendentious, okay? Now, when you were talking about the fact that it failed to adapt, that's just flat wrong. And you will be -- there has been -- there have been repeated attempts to try to adapt to military realities, to diplomatic realities, to development of new weapons and tools on the part of al Qaeda, including the very creative use of the Internet. So the idea that somehow we're staying the course is just wrong. It is absolutely wrong.

* Elsewhere, Snow denied that the president's statement and report today on the war on terrorism were political in any way. "I think it belittles it by trying to dismiss it as politics," he said. But later, when a reporter asked, "But you don't disagree that he's trying to frame the debate for what is an important political choice?", Snow replied: "Absolutely. Of course, of course."

He also said there would be no troop withdrawals in Iraq any time and reiterated the president's strong support for Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld. President Bush "would love to see members of both Houses of Congress returning to that sense of cooperation we had after September 11th."

Here is an excerpt from Snow's remarks:

"There have been some in the Democratic Party who have argued against the Patriot Act, against the terror surveillance program, against Guantanamo. In other words, there are some people who say that we shouldn't fight the war, we should not detain -- we shouldn't apprehend al Qaeda, we shouldn't detain al Qaeda, we shouldn't question al Qaeda, and we shouldn't listen to al Qaeda. In other words, they're all for winning the war on terror, but they're all against -- they're against providing the tools for winning that war.

"And we think it's a perfect opportunity for Democratic leaders to say, no, we are serious about winning the war. We have now reiterated some of the basic precepts of administration policy and also the policy put together by generals over the months of the engagement in Iraq. And we look forward to working with members of Congress to figure out how best to prevent terrorists from coming here, but, more importantly, how to defeat terrorism.

"Finally, one other point, which is, there is a reiteration of a call to replace or have Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stand down. The President strongly supports the Defense Secretary. It's not going to happen. Creating Don Rumsfeld as a boogeyman may make for good politics, but would make for a lousy strategy at this time. And, furthermore, if you listen to the speech that Secretary Rumsfeld gave last week, it was not only thoughtful, but comprehensive about trying to frame the ongoing war against terror, and also the war going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"So this, again, is something that the President would love to see members of both Houses of Congress returning to that sense of cooperation we had after September 11th, where the real goal was not to try to hand out pink slips at the Pentagon, but instead to win the war on terror in a way that is going to make not only America safer, but also the rest of the world safer so that democracy can take firm root throughout the globe."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: buffoon; finger; fingerhim; givehimthefinger; goofygregory; gregory; hairdo; hearmeroar; iamdavidgregory; nbc; nbcnews; pinhead; ratstooge; rudedems
Gregory ought to be taken behind the woodshed and taught some manners.
1 posted on 09/05/2006 8:46:34 PM PDT by RedCell
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To: RedCell

What a maroon!!


2 posted on 09/05/2006 8:47:32 PM PDT by indcons (FReepmail "indcons" to get on/off the Military History ping list)
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To: RedCell

Too bad that this was at a gaggle, rather than a taped/broadcast presser.

But, considering Gregory's history, he will make an a$$ of himself again. That's a given.


3 posted on 09/05/2006 8:49:37 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: indcons

He's not a maroon, he's a bafoon. Just like the title said.

Seriesly.


4 posted on 09/05/2006 8:49:58 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.)
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To: RedCell

Alredy posted, try a search before posting

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1696010/posts


5 posted on 09/05/2006 8:50:14 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: RedCell

Full exchange here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060905-1.html


6 posted on 09/05/2006 8:50:43 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: indcons
What a maroon!!

You got confused. You must be thinking of Terry. This was David Gregory.

lol.
7 posted on 09/05/2006 8:51:19 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Panerai
My bad. Did a search on "finger", "gregory" and "snow" with no hits. Also, I freakin' misspelled buffoon. So who's the "maroon" here? D'OH! Admin, please feel free to pull this thread to keep my embarrassment to a minimum.

Thanks.
8 posted on 09/05/2006 8:53:54 PM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: RedCell

"Don't try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I'm speaking fact."

We certainly wouldn't want to conflate Dim talking points with fact.


9 posted on 09/05/2006 8:54:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: TomGuy

How many martinis had he thrown down?
Does he carry a hip flask?


10 posted on 09/05/2006 8:55:43 PM PDT by Holicheese (MMMMM fried clams.)
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To: Panerai

Damn! You are terribly efficient at learning that someone else has transgressed. Do you have a life otherwise?


11 posted on 09/05/2006 8:58:03 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: Panerai

You might try using spell check.


12 posted on 09/05/2006 9:04:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: RedCell

Gregory is nothing but a DNC shill, following in the footsteps of the Baba Yaga-like Helen Thomas.


13 posted on 09/05/2006 9:09:19 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: RedCell
Who is this punk to demand statements of his choosing from the White House?

No serious leader, whether a President, CEO, football coach, department chair, whatever, is going to catalogue mistakes, offer apologies, and lament over current situations, unless it's in a resignation statement.

Leaders make statements for effect and impact on the morale of whom they lead, not for therapeutic relief to their enemies.

Gregory is just trying to pull off a lame, sophomoric attempt at getting a President to admit defeat and abandon leadership, or else he just doesn't have any concept of what and who he is dealing with. And he wonders why he is not taken seriously.

14 posted on 09/05/2006 9:11:11 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: RedCell

Gregory is a maggot infested girly boy shilling for the No Body Cares network.


15 posted on 09/05/2006 9:13:27 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: RedCell
Gregory continues under the impression that he is not a guest, there at the option of the host.
Why not just lift his credentials until his employer can find an adult?
16 posted on 09/05/2006 9:18:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: davisfh

Great comment!!


17 posted on 09/05/2006 9:24:33 PM PDT by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: KC_Conspirator

"the Baba Yaga-like Helen Thomas"

Now there's a name I haven't heard of in a while.


18 posted on 09/05/2006 9:24:35 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: davisfh; RedCell
On a second post.

I took a long nap after the first of the ten pin bowling season today. Missed quite a lot of FR. Your post got a few more of us to see and acknowledge the complete and utter arrogance of some press people.

One prize goes to Wolf Blitzer, in his interview of President Karzai. Unbeliveable. Couple that with Mike Wallace and the decent fellow with the unspellable name. The guy that helped hold Americans hostage in Iran.

Of course I realise that a press conference is a different matter.

Who the heck do they think they are? LOL

19 posted on 09/05/2006 9:29:01 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: RedCell

It's time for the looney Gregory to find a real job. The boy is way in over his head.


20 posted on 09/05/2006 10:05:26 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The "Peace sign" is the DemocRATS' last act of defiance before they cut 'n' run from the WOT.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
On several occasions, the national press has utterly failed to do its self-professed job. That is, to bring we the people a nuanced, fair picture of events and what our leaders are doing. One of the reasons for their failures is to be unable to get beyond what is going on in their own heads - in this case their obsession with why President Bush is not admitting the mistakes they think he should own up to.

I'll stipulate that such is a valid question, and that it is not necessarily Democratic talking points to ask it. But it has very limited importance, and a national journalist ought to have a little more curiosity about what the President actually is saying.

21 posted on 09/05/2006 10:32:29 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: RedCell
Also, I freakin' misspelled buffoon

Well, you coined a new term! David Gregory is a cross between a buffoon and a baboon, so you got it just right!

22 posted on 09/05/2006 10:35:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

Well, when I think of an old scary, child eating witch, I think of Helen Thomas - and Baba Yaga.


23 posted on 09/05/2006 10:39:15 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

I bet Helen lives in a hut on chicken legs in Georgetown.


24 posted on 09/05/2006 10:43:04 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: RedCell

Gregory is a first-rate a-hole. At a Presidential press conference, he asked Bush if he was "sorry" for any decisions he had made as President.
He had a choice of about a million decent questions to ask about any number of policies, and he chose that obnoxious question.

I'll never watch or listen to anything he has to say about any subject. I hate the SOB.


25 posted on 09/05/2006 11:07:54 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: RedCell
Tony should just ignore him and pretend he isn't there. He comes from the Chrissy Matthews, Keith Olbermann school of bully-boy leftism. They are like little yappy dogs.
26 posted on 09/06/2006 12:08:06 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Panerai

Hey Newbie, you are not the post police. Once again, if nobody ever double posted, there would be hardly any content on FR, so get a life and welcome to FR.


27 posted on 09/06/2006 12:11:29 AM PDT by freeplancer
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To: RedCell

David Gregory? Not this guy again! Isn`t this the same doofus who flipped out over Scott McClellan? Someone beeyatch slap this idiot!


28 posted on 09/06/2006 12:13:39 AM PDT by Screamname (A second plane has just hit the second tower, this is a coincidence. - Katie Couric, Sept 11th 2001)
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To: RedCell

Tony Snow should just show the video of David the Drunk calling Imus's show wasted whenever Gregory opens his mouth.


29 posted on 09/06/2006 12:18:14 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: RedCell

Just a reminder.......

http://www.firedavidgregory.com/


30 posted on 09/06/2006 12:18:18 AM PDT by Screamname (A second plane has just hit the second tower, this is a coincidence. - Katie Couric, Sept 11th 2001)
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To: RedCell

The MSM has been presumptuously arrogant for too long. The need to be answerable to someone for their arbitrary miscarrieage of news.


31 posted on 09/06/2006 4:39:53 AM PDT by RoadTest (- - - for without victory there is no survival. -Winston Churchill)
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To: RedCell

Next time Tony snow starts taking questions he should point his finger at everyone but David Gregory.

Ignoring Gregory will send a clear message to his bosses.


32 posted on 09/06/2006 4:46:34 AM PDT by usmcobra (Beware of Southerners that start rattling of their National Origins, The correct answer is American!)
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To: KC_Conspirator
I bet Helen lives in a hut on chicken legs in Georgetown.

A two door chicken coupe. Cause you know, if it had four doors, it would be a sedan. :)

33 posted on 09/06/2006 4:58:47 AM PDT by IamConservative (Humility is not thinking less of oneself; humility is thinking about oneself less.)
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