Monday, August 15, 2011

The Despicable David Gregory

I have always believed that in the Sunday talk shows, ABC's Christiane Amapour was the most swarmy and irritating.  After watching NBC's David Gregory today on Meet the Press, where he interviewed [attacked] Michele Bachmann, I may have to revise those beliefs.

First, David Gregory would ask her a question trying to show she was out of the main stream on economic issues. Michelle Bachmann would start to answer and David Gregory would say with his hand extended, 'wait I'm not finished'.  He used  that technique a couple of times, where he made his question turn into a filibuster.    When he finally finished with the question, Michele Bachmann would start to give an answer.  When it wasn't the answer he wanted to hear, he rudely interrupted her, not letting her finish.

But that wasn't the worst of it. He turned to religion and quoted some of Michele Bachmann's statements she made in 2008 and 2004.  One of them he knows was already covered in the Fox News Channel debate they just had a couple of days before, where she acquitted herself very well. She has been praised by many for her exquisite explanation.  But  Gregory wasn't really interested in her answer.  He obviously had an agenda to show that Michele Bachmann was some kind of religious nut.   He spent an overabundant amount of time talking about her Christianity and statements she made related to that.
The gracious congresswoman never lost her temper and was much kinder than I would have been.

David Gregory, since you now think religion is a topic to go after the presidential candidates on, will you do the same if you ever get to interview Barack Obama?  Talk about out of the mainstream. You asked Michele Bachmann on statements she made between three and seven years ago.  In this same time period Barack and Michele Obama were proud members of the anti American, anti Semitic, Jeremiah Wright's church.   Will you ask him about how this man [Jeremiah Wright] could have been such a good friend and a mentor to him?  Will you ask president Obama how he could say in Philadelphia, in his so called "race" speech, that he could no longer disown Reverend Wright than his "typical white" grandmother?  [Obama's typical white person comment came the next day after his speech in Philadelphia]  

Mr. Gregory, I will take you off the hook.  You don't have to do a lot of questioning to Obama about these comments and you don't have to spend a good portion of the interview on it, like you did with Michele Bachmann.   All I am asking you to do is put just this one question to president Obama:

"Mr. president, since you once said just a few years ago, that you could no more disown Reverend Wright than you could your own grandmother, do the values and principles you have today come more from Reverend Wright or your grandmother?"

If the mainstream media wants to make religious beliefs fair game, then bring it on baby.
Update:  Since this post is about one Sunday talk show host, I wish to make this positive comment about another host.   Chris Wallace, interviewing Michele Bachmann, said he "sincerely apologized for the inappropriate question he made the last time she was interviewed by him on Fox News Sunday."  He said he wanted to do it in person before the TV audience, like he had done on the phone.
Congresswoman Bachmann shook his hand and said she accepted that, and she said that it is now behind them.

Thanks, Chris!


The Balladeer said...

Brilliantly done, Michael--in a temperate tone!!! Excellent!!!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Balladeer, I really appreciate your comments!

Anonymous said...

Agreed, not very professional journalist when one takes sides.

Big Mike said...

You are right..not very professional when journalist seems to have an agenda.

KosherWineGuy said...

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Anonymous said...

I watched the interview yesterday. I was amazed and disgusted at the way Gregory went after Michele. I am not for or against Michele at this point of the elections, but no one should have to deal with the way liberal media treats Conservatives and people of faith. Thank you for taking time to write about it.

Big Mike said...

I feel exactly like you. I do not heve a choice yet of the GOP candidates, but was outraged at how M ichele Bachmann was treated.

KosherWineGuy said...

I just saw a Rachel Weisz movie last night "The Whistle-blower." Absolutely harrowing.

The real message of the movie to anyone paying attention, was that just as federal, state and local governments always find ways to fail at their missions (e.g., waste human effort, resources and above all tax dollars), it is also true with the incipient global government that these morons want to create.

The distortions in human behavior created by "good intenders" can sometimes be more evil than anyone can imagine.

Big Mike said...

Thanks Kosher Wine Guy for the movie tip... I don't even know if it is Houston yet. I might have to check it out.