Skip to comments.NBC's Gregory Eats Crow
Posted on 02/19/2006 5:14:27 PM PST by wagglebee
NBC White House correspondent David Gregory ate a little crow Sunday on this "Meet The Press," apologizing for his arrogant behavior during White House press briefings dealing with the shooting of a hunting companion by Vice President Cheney.
Reacting to the storm of criticism leveled by the public at the Washington press corps for complaining that they were not told immediately about the incident, leaving the job of reporting it to a small-town Texas newspaper, Gregory apologized for his boorish behavior.
"I think I made a mistake, he told host Tim Russert. "I think it was inappropriate for me to lose my cool with the press secretary representing the vice president. I dont think it was professional of me. I was frustrated, I said what I said, but I think that you should never speak that way, as my wife reminded me, number one. And number two, I think it created a diversion from some of the serious questions in the story, so I regret that. I was wrong, and I apologize.
But Gregory quickly reverted to type complaining that another guest, Mary Matalin, "and others in the White House have been eager to stoke this as a false debate between the vice president and the White House press corps, attempting to cast this as the White House press corps is a ping-pong in the culture wars.
Then, in a comment that once again revealed how remote the Washington media has become from the American people, he made the astounding comment that "No matter how you feel about the White House press corps - and were worthy of criticism, and we can take our lumps - this is about how the vice president chooses to communicate to the American people. We are a proxy for the American people. Whether you have faith in us or not, and we do make mistakes, we are still a proxy. This is about how the vice president chooses to communicate to the public. My view is not that I should have been informed or others should have been informed. Its not about that. Its a question of, "Does the vice president have a responsibility to the American people to inform them of his public and private activities?
small-town Texas newspaper? It was the Corpus Christi Caller Times, for heaven's sake!
Not all of them, 100%. Gregory is a putz.
What does the media not understand about IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!?!
>>>small-town Texas newspaper?<<<
To the DC press-corpse, anything outside of DC/NY is Hicksville, USA.
"We are a proxy for the American people. "
And just which American people chose you and your ilk to be that proxy?
Where was a question like this, from the press, in the 90's?
If it's the New York Slimes, the Washington Compost or possibly the LA Slimes, it's some hick rag as far as these people are concerned.
What an arrogant ass. He should be banned from the White House for his unruly behavior.
We should really bring back dueling...it would make people like Gregory more civil.
I did not think he ate crow. He was defiant.
Speaking as an American person, I am insulted.
If they asked BJ Klintoon a question like this, they would have been thrown into a car and taken to Fort Marcy Park for some "reindoctrination."
For a 21st Century twist, we could do a Scott McClelland vs. David Gregory duel on pay per view.
Someone should call Don King about this.
"Does the vice president have a responsibility to the American people to inform them of his ... private activities?
Sounds to me like he's trying to play the martyr for 'the real story'.
If it isn't the NYTimes, Washington Post, or LA Times, it is small town newspaper in their minds..
"I think that you should never speak that way, as my wife reminded me..."
Sounds like Mr. Gregory might have a problem with his wife as well. I hope she gets the kids and the house.
Was this in the last half of the show, I assume? Gonna try to catch the late showing.
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