Open Letter To David Gregory, NBC, and all American Journalists

Documents requested in the Mark Sanford debacle have revealed this correspondence between Meet the Press host David Gregory and Sanford’s staff:

Look, you guys have a lot of pitches.. I get it and I know this is a tough situation… Let me say just this is a place to have a wider conversation with some context about not just the personal but also the future for him and the party… This situation only exacerbates the issue of how the GOP recovers when another national leader suffers a setback like this. So coming on Meet the Press allows you to frame the conversation how you really want to… and then move on. You can see you have done your interview and then move on. Consider it.

Is this what Mr. Gregory considers journalism?  The American people deserve an apology for this display of utter brown-nosing, pandering, and overt bias on Mr. Gregory’s part.  This is an insult to Tim Russert, and in the context of this weekend’s loss of the great Walter Cronkite, an insult to all those who once considered news to be about getting to the truth, not currying favor with the powerful.

NBC, Meet the Press, and David Gregory should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.  The American people deserve better.

Where is our apology, Mr. Gregory?

UPDATE: Mr. Gregory was kind enough to respond to my email, clarifying his remarks:

Thanks for the email. I wasn’t promising a friendly forum. I was offering a fair forum to discuss his problems. I meant my forum allows him to have the time to discuss the situation in a fullsome way, to say what he wants and move on. I appreciate your sensitivity on this. It’s a fair question to ask. I have never pulled punches in an interview.

Thanks.

David.
David Gregory
Moderator, Meet the Press
NBC News

So take from that what you will.

McCain Disputes Polls With Obama’s Lead – Then Cites Poll To Prove Point

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John McCain’s theory is that the polls have to be wrong, if they are not favoring him. I thought this was particularly funny that he would disagree with a poll and use another poll to prove his point.

John McCain disputed the polls that show him trailing Barack Obama by double digits, saying that he would rather rely on his “senses” and is encouraged by the enthusiasm at his events.

The Republican presidential candidate made an argument for the viability of his campaign during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning. McCain predicted a come-from-behind and win on Election Day, just nine days away.

“Those polls have consistently shown me much further behind than we actually are,” said McCain during the interview here with veteran journalist Tom Brokaw.

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Sunday Talking Heads

Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”

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All the sloth that’s fit to print

Among the Beltway pundits, the true heroes are Chicken “the-sky-is-falling” Little and the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Yes, the only way way you can have any credibility in American politics today is to have been completely wrong back then.

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Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This Week“Gov. Bill Richardson talks ’08 and Iraq & Sec. Michael Leavitt and Gov. Jon Corzine debate SCHIP and Pres. Bush’s veto” … “On our ‘Roundtable,’ Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman and George Will.”

NBC’s Meet The Press – “Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) joins us exclusively this Sunday to talk about his race for the White House. Then, a political roundtable with David Brody, David Broder, Margaret Carlson & Ted Koppel. Plus, a special look back at the 50th anniversary of Sputnik with NBC’s veteran space correspondent, Jay Barbree.”

CBS’s Face The Nation – Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, Chairman, House Republican Conference; Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Roger Simon, Chief Political Columnist, Politico.com

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – “In her first interview on ‘FOX News Sunday’ since taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives a progress report.”

CNN’s Late Edition – President Jalal Talabani, Iraq; Lam Akol, Sudanese Foreign Minister; Susan Rice, Fmr. Asst. Secy. Of State, Brookings Institute; John Prendergast, Co-Chair, Enough; Alan Greenspan, Fmr. Federal Reserve Chairman

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Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This WeekNewt Gingrich, Bill Clinton; roundtable with Torie Clark, Donna Brazile & George Will

NBC’s Meet The Press – Bill Clinton; roundtable with Dan Balz, Pat Buchanan, David Gregory & Tavis Smiley

CBS’s Face The Nation – Bill Richardson

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), David Yepsen, James Pindell, roundtable with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Juan Williams, & Bill Kristol

CNN’s Late Edition – foreign ministers of Iraq and Sudan, Seymour Hersh

~ Egreggious