David Gregory Tarnishes Meet The Press by Creating a Fake Obama Leadership Crisis


David Gregory shamed Meet The Press again today by trying to use the situation in Ukraine to create a fake Obama leadership crisis.



DAVID GREGORY: So Chris, I want to talk about Obama. Because I do think that this becomes the leadership challenge. You heard Susan Rice say, “Look, it’s not in our interests to go into Syria.” There’s a lot of agreement about that. But nevertheless, you have another country falling apart, that’s Syria. Iraq looks like it’s listing a bit and because of sectarian division. Do you think this President’s been clear enough about what America stands for?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think he’s clear about what he stands for, which is not to get involved in any more countries. I think his policy’s been pretty clear. And it is consistent with the American people’s sense of pulling back. Now that could change, it’s cyclical.

What I found interesting over the weekend was not in the Olympics, but in Ukraine, they’re wearing ski masks, which told me that the people involved with the overthrow of the president there are not at all comfortable this is gonna hold, that the Russians are coming. Why would you wear ski masks after you’ve overthrown the guy? Because you don’t want to be identified. I think they’re very worried about what’s coming next, the Russians coming in, at least a portion of the country.

David Gregory’s whole point about the situation in the Ukraine was that it had nothing to do with the Ukrainians. It was all about Russia and the United States for Gregory. It was easy to see with this train of thought was going before he asked Chris Matthews the question. Gregory injected Republican talking points into Meet The Press by questioning President Obama’s leadership.

Matthews knocked down where Gregory was going very quickly. David Gregory was trying to push the idea that Obama’s foreign policy is unclear. He was portraying the president as weak. Gregory was trying to create another variation of one of the media’s favorite talking points, the Obama leadership crisis.

There is no crisis in leadership. The White House has a clear strategy for supporting the will of the Ukrainian people, without turning the situation into a geo- political turf war with the Russians. Even conservative panelist, David Brooks praised the White House’s handling of the situation, but none of this mattered to Gregory, who was this close to proclaiming that the Cold War is back, and President Obama needs to show more leadership.

What’s happened to Meet The Press under David Gregory is sad. Laziness and talking points have taken the place of well researched questions. Watching Gregory, it’s clear that he doesn’t understand what he is talking about. He has turned Meet The Press into a program that is riddled with mainstream media conventional wisdom, Republican talking points, and mostly unchallenging interviews.

Gregory has shown on occasion an ability to do good interviews. Knowing that he could do better, but won’t makes his disinterest in going beyond Republican talking points very frustrating.

David Gregory tried to invent a new Obama leadership crisis today, and in the process, he damaged what remained of the once sterling reputation of Meet The Press.

15 Replies to “David Gregory Tarnishes Meet The Press by Creating a Fake Obama Leadership Crisis”

  1. NBC needs to get David Gregory a seat right next to CNN’s Piers Morgan, so they can ride the heck out of town together. Two slackers that should have stayed behind the scenes in the reporter pool!

  2. My words echo Avery Owen, except that I must add that “MSNBC must hold David Gregory accountable for his words, and fire him!” This isn’t the first time Gregory “messed up.”

    MSNBC keeps Gregory in a position such as this, yet they fire Martin Bashir, a thoughtful and respectful interviewer / host who is intelligent, knows what is happening, and was well prepared each day.

    Great post!

  3. They could and should replace David Gregory with Martin Bashir. Then they would have a host who comes to work prepared and will pull no punches

  4. i also wish that MSNBC would hold David accountable.it seems every sunday he finds a way to bring up the President in a negative way.I hope that Chris M. set him straight.

  5. Fire David Gregory, we don’t need MSNBC to turn into another FAKE NOOZ channel. Shame on him for the lies he tells about the President and the ACA, etc. Dump him now.

  6. I can’t even watch ‘Meet the Press’ anymore. I keep waiting for MSNBC/NBC to step in and make Mr. Gregory uphold the standards of moral newscasting. They fired Martin Bashir, who was one of their best on air, but keep Mr. Gregory. That I do not understand. MTP used to be one of the best Sunday morning shows where I could trust the news being shared as truthful. No matter how harmful to either side, or both sides, MTP stressed truthful honest interviews and didn’t let politicians get away with even subtle lies. Much less the whoppers that get through today, with Gregory leading the pack in lies. It’s sad when you have to go to foreign news venues to get the truth about the USA.

  7. It’s very likely David Gregory is doing the bidding of the philosophy of the top management. Getting rid of Bashir fits in with this thinking. Gregory is only the tip of the iceberg.

  8. It’s very likely David Gregory is doing the bidding of the philosophy of the top management. Getting rid of Bashir fits in with this thinking. Gregory is only the tip of the iceberg.

  9. “It’s very likely David Gregory is doing the bidding of the philosophy of the top management. Getting rid of Bashir fits in with this thinking. Gregory is only the tip of the iceberg.”

    Well, you’re 100% right of course. Our “Liberal” MSNBC is run by Conservative Phil Griffin. Even with Gregory’s ratings plummeting with every poll, don’t plan on him losing his job. Don’t forget, our “Liberal” MSNBC also has 3 hours of the very nasty Joe Scarborough on every day with a panel that competes with MTP on how much propaganda they can spew in their allotted time slots. While MSNBC does have some very Liberal hosts, they (the network) has been slowly moving to the center. Their straight news programs jump all over every new manufactured anti Obama crisis the Right comes up with quicker than you can say “God bless Murika.” Just Remember, Phil Griffin is not a Liberal, and I strongly believe that he’s slowly neutralizing the network that “Keith” built.

  10. Don’t stop with David Gregory. Chuck Todd is worse. Both have lost all objectivity and are playing a game with words. Their bias is showing in every interview.

  11. Meet the press a former great non partisan hard hitting political show worth checking in to every early Sunday has become un-watchable for me. So obvious that it has taken a very sharp turn to the right on every issue. David Gregory just spews off one conservative wish list propaganda talking point after the other. Well senator so and so a rabid dog was let loose in Russia and killed ten people “is this a failure of president Obama and will this incident hurt democrats chances of flipping the house in November”.

  12. He is absolutely terrible on meet the press.He is so lightweight im surprise he doesn’t just float up from his seat on the air. I wish he could be replaced.I’ve watched this show for over 20 years and it’s never been this bad. I also will stop watching this light weight should be anchor on a fluffy show like the Today show.NEVER ANY INSIGHT ON ANY SUBJECT!!!!! I miss TIM so much!!!!

  13. I totally agree with the majority of the comments about David Gregory. One would think that he was on the payroll of the RNC. I tried to watch MTP this morning but changed the channel when he started his weekly rant about how bad President Obama is. Gregory needs to go and we need some one who will treat each side fair. I would agree that Martin Bashir would be an excellent replacement. I watched him daily, before conservative Phil Griffin fired him. Ship Gregory off to Fox News, he’d fit right in over there.

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