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David Gregory (NBC): Not Not repeating Democratic Talking Points

Tony Snow is a genuinely nice guy. Given his public persona, which is really all I know, I have tremendous respect for the guy. He’s a mensch. David Gregory is a jack ass. Not in that hard-bitten, “I’m a reporter covering the beat” sort of way either. He’s a jack ass. He acts like a jack ass. He talks like a jack ass.

And he kicks like a jack ass.

If I’ve got to pick between a guy who deserves all the respect he gets and more and a jack-ass, my money’s on the mensch.

From the article:

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.

Ahhh. Facts. In case you didn’t know, “facts” are unequivocal errors on the part of sitting Republican presidents for which they must issue apologies ad nauseum.

Nuanced. Layers.

Explain to me: if you make DNC arguments using DNC style with DNC rabidness, and if the remnants of the morning’s DNC fax can be seen sticking out of your ass, are you not a Democrat? Are you not protecting Democrat’s holy ground? To wit, that it’s all Bush’s fault?

Can you imagine the patience that it takes for Tony Snow to do his job when every other word is, “Will Bush apologize?” or “When will Bush realize that he’s a poopyhead because Howard Dean said so?”
David, here’s a tip. If you want to be taken seriously as a reporter, write the script yourself rather than relegating your researching duties to the DNC talking points. And then you won’t look like a Jack-ass.

I’m just trying to help.


September 6, 2006 - Posted by | Jack-Asses, Philosophy of the Commons


  1. My first thought is they need to assign this guy to the Des Moines bureau. But, reconsidering, I think it’s good to keep him right where he is. He’s not hiding his biases and if NBC thinks that helps them, well be my guest.

    Comment by skinbad | September 6, 2006 | Reply

  2. I just really like having jack asses around. They make the argument so much easier.

    I said that Tony Snow’s job must be boring. Well, it must be easier when you’ve got DG to kick around every day.

    Comment by John | September 6, 2006 | Reply

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