NBC wonders: What makes David Gregory tick?

posted at 9:21 am on April 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Meet the Press has aired for nearly 70 years on NBC (since 1947), and has spent most of that time as the top-rated Sunday interview show. Since Tim Russert’s untimely death and David Gregory’s succession, however, the venerable show has declined considerably, falling behind CBS’ Face the Nation in terms of overall ratings and the key 25-50 demo, even though host Bob Schieffer is far older than Gregory. Any network facing these circumstances would undertake some serious probing to discover the problem.

But does that include psychological screening for a man whose been at the network for almost two decades? The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi says yes:

The Sunday shows — which comprise what Schieffer calls “the smartest morning on TV” — are more than just prestige projects for the networks; the relatively large and affluent audiences they attract make them magnets for corporate image advertisers that pay premium prices for airtime. Russert’s dominating position helped NBC earn a reported $60 million from “Meet the Press” in 2007.

Thus, “MTP’s” meltdown has sounded alarm bells inside NBC News and attracted the attention of its new president, Deborah Turness, who arrived from Britain’s ITV News in August. Gregory’s job does not appear to be in any immediate jeopardy, but there are plenty of signs of concern.

Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” But the research project struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years.

Around the same time, the network appointed a new executive producer at “MTP,” Rob Yarin, a veteran media consultant. Yarin, who had worked with Gregory on an MSNBC show, “Race for the White House,” during the 2008 campaign, succeeded Betsy Fischer Martin, who reigned over “MTP” for 11 years. Fischer Martin had helped Russert soar to glory, but had disagreed with Gregory over matters of style and substance (she was promoted to oversee all of NBC’s political coverage).

Two points should be made about the above, even apart from personal tastes over the style of the shows. First, conducting a psychological screening of their host is just, well, insaneMaybe the exercise will help Gregory get in touch with his inner child, or something. However, the nature of television isn’t a therapy session, and viewers could care less about Gregory’s psyche when they tune in for interviews. If NBC execs have questions about Gregory’s mental structure in relation to his job, then maybe they should just look for another host. Gregory seems to have taken it in stride, but it’s difficult to understand why. If my employer was unhappy with my work, the last thing I’d expect is for them to start talking to my wife and my friends about it.

Second, the issue seems to have begun when Gregory took the job, not when Betty Fischer Martin began working on the show. She helped Russert dominate Sunday mornings, so why did NBC push her out last year for opposing Gregory’s “style and substance”? Even NBC questioned that to the point of doing psychological screening. Why get rid of a proven success to revamp the show to meet mediocrity?

One change already made is to use shorter and punchier interviews:

The overall effect is that the program now bears only a vague resemblance to the one over which Russert presided. Whereas Russert would spend multiple segments grilling a single newsmaker, Gregory now barely goes more than six or seven minutes on any interview or topic.

Scott Johnson scoffs:

Here’s a thought. It’s the audience that needs to be assessed. Why does it turn away from Gregory? Maybe they’ve done the research on that, but Farhi doesn’t have the goods.

According to Farhi, NBC thinks that the remedy might be segments in smaller doses. If the idea is smaller doses of Gregory, they might be getting warm. Less Gregory just might be the ticket.

Shorter, punchier, and less depth — sounds more like the weekday breakfast shows than the traditional Meet the Press model. That leads us to this unfortunate metaphor, from Gregory himself and noted by Scott:

Gregory says the new look “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is” but “widens the aperture . . .”

A question for Paul Farhi: Do you really want to quote Gregory on “widening the aperture” here? Are you sure that’s the metaphor you want to use in this context?

Even amateur photographers know that widening the aperture reduces the depth. It captures only the central image itself. The idea of the Sunday talk shows is to reach that depth by deep dives with its subjects, not quick hits filled with sound bites and segues, and especially on important topics rather than entertainment and fluff. If this is an experiment in television, it appears to have already failed. Everyone at NBC is flailing here, and not just Gregory.


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Waving illegal ammo magazines on nationwide TV? Getting John Edwards to give him sartorial advice?

Seeing if more than three Americans actually believe he’s fair and objective?

Nothing But Crap network knows exactly what makes him tick – tons of currency and the fawning adoration of a small group of peers.

platypus on April 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Perhaps they could get the FCC to do a little snooping around in the newsroom to see if they have a “messaging” problem…

jbspry on April 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Makes no difference, every MSM journalist is currently enjoying an 8 year vacation…

hillsoftx on April 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Just hand the reigns over to F. Chuck Todd, who should have gotten it from the get go. The show is 82394903248 times better when he fills in.

cdog0613 on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Tim Russert’s best characteristic was this: HE LISTENED.

David Gregory is about having a pre-determined discussion. He does not listen or allow the conversation to flow.

jake-the-goose on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

People just don’t understand Gregory’s brilliance. I blame the audience. It’s their fault.

southsideironworks on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Gregory is an amazingly partisan hack. Perhaps that’s the real problem.

I think any normal person would find it extremely undercutting to have work-unrelated friends and family interviewed by the boss. Very close to a vote of no confidence.

paul1149 on April 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Unfortunately the leftists at Comcast still like this guy no matter how low his rating will go. Look at MSNBC ratings and you see a trend established by Comcast Management.

regmgr on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Why isn’t he in jail for gun law violations in DC?

forest on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

People just don’t understand Gregory’s brilliance. I blame the audience. It’s their fault.

southsideironworks on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

That’s why I tuned out?

docflash on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Political differences aside (I dont think that NBC only loses conservative audience members – assuming they had some to begin with), maybe people just recognize an azzhole when they see one!

Red Widow on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

You want better ratings then replace him with Jerry Springer.

Oldnuke on April 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Why isn’t he in jail for gun law violations in DC?

forest on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I think it was determined that he wouldn’t fare well in jail.

Oldnuke on April 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Jim Roberts ‏@nycjim 2h

“Grandfatherly” Bob Schieffer now leads Sunday talk show race; “Meet the Press” is third. http://wapo.st/QzjkTW pic.twitter.com/BEW2ZDwTa1

https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/458197644267900928/photo/1/large

canopfor on April 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

He’s a nasty piece of work, and so is his wife, and that personal quality comes across clearly on the small screen.

MTF on April 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Mediocrity.

Punchenko on April 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

NBC isn’t exactly the most trustworthy of the msm and people have been realizing that perhaps. They are affiliated with MSNBC which everyone knows is a joke si I’m sure that has something to do with the overall decline. Too bad for NBC that people are waking up.

neyney on April 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Do you really want to quote Gregory on “widening the aperture” here? Are you sure that’s the metaphor you want to use in this context?

It does sound rather dirty, doesn’t it?

rickv404 on April 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Gregory and his ilk are exactly why I watch Fox’s Wallace. Nobody gets a pass there, although Schieffer is pretty good – most of the time.

vnvet on April 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Just hand the reigns over to F. Chuck Todd, who should have gotten it from the get go. The show is 82394903248 times better when he fills in.

cdog0613 on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yes.

Punchenko on April 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Maybe when people are looking to hear obama administration talking points regurgitated and defended by partisan media hacks they prefer the grandfatherly type versus the skeltor doppelganger type.

HumpBot Salvation on April 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Political differences aside (I dont think that NBC only loses conservative audience members – assuming they had some to begin with), maybe people just recognize an azzhole when they see one!

Red Widow on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Brilliant Post. Spot on.

ToddPA on April 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The overwhelming fear that if he actually asked people in power difficult questions that he’d be disinvited to the next beltway party. There is literally nothing else that motivates this man. The gag is, conservatives think the people he puts a cape on for is the federal government, when of course it’s capital.

libfreeordie on April 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

He’s been with NBC for 20 years. He’s 43 years old, meaning NBC pretty much hired him right out of college and virtually his entire adult life has been with the same organization. If NBC executives don’t know him by now, no psychologist is going to offer any unique insight.

Why get rid of a proven success to revamp the show to meet mediocrity?

Therein lies the problem. It’s no David Gregory’s mental makeup that’s the problem, it’s NBC’s turn toward serving a fascist ideology that turns people off. Same with CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC.

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

it sounds more like their ratings are crashing and they are trying to blame this guy

its simple your network is so in da bag for Obama and the liberal mantra that viewers are sick of it.

and the guy is a typical know it all arrogant liberal, where political BIAS over rides and distorts news facts

sniffles1999 on April 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

[quote]NBC wonders: What makes David Gregory tick?[/quote]There is a two-letter misprint in the last word of the article’s title. Once the question is fixed and correctly answered, NBC will make a little first step to the significant increase in popularity.

Rix on April 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Galtian wonders: who cares?

Galtian on April 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

David Gregory’s failure is a metaphor for the failure of the network as a whole. A lefty ego driven hack with little intellectual heft trying to game every interview and story to promote his POV.

MTF on April 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

NBC’s Messiah has been an abject failure in the WH, as well as all the policies that the left holds dear. So it is no wonder that they are seeking to have less depth and are aiming for a ‘shallower’ audience. The low IQ, low-information viewer will be less apt to question the propaganda they are shilling.

rmkdbq on April 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I thought mental illness was a prerequisite for any job at NBS.

cornbred on April 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If they fired him (unlikely anyway), the guy who replaces him is probably even more of a hack.

22044 on April 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Gregory now barely goes more than six or seven minutes on any interview or topic.

That’s all the time his make up lasts…really, he can’t think of more that a few questions, and if the person goes off topic, he can’t follow, he just doesn’t have the chops, the intellect to be anything bus someone who reads off a prompter…fine looking chap though…

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

People just don’t understand Gregory’s brilliance. I blame the audience. It’s their fault.

southsideironworks on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

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That’s why I tuned out?

docflash on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

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No, southside’ scomment registered high on the sarcasm meter.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Replace him with Obama, no one would know the difference.

Wade on April 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Gregory must have veered off the reservation during one segment if the Stasi NBC sent goons out interrogating his family.

faraway on April 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Three comments:

Two points should be made about the above, even apart from personal tastes over the style of the shows. First, conducting a psychological screening of their host is just, well, insane.

I agree. We should be screening political officeholders–shortly after we build more jails and institutions to hold them (if we find what I suspect we will).

Gregory says the new look “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is” but “widens the aperture . . .”

“Delivers on the core. . . .” Sounds like sour apples to me.

Jim Roberts ‏@nycjim 2h

“Grandfatherly” Bob Schieffer now leads Sunday talk show race; “Meet the Press” is third. http://wapo.st/QzjkTW pic.twitter.com/BEW2ZDwTa1.

Or, to put it another way: dinosaur trumps snarkosore.

https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/458197644267900928/photo/1/large

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on April 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Galtian wonders: who cares?

Galtian on April 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Bob Dole, is that you?

Midas on April 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

He’s 43 years old,

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

That can’t be right. My hair didn’t look that gray until I was 58 or 59. He might not be long for this world.

platypus on April 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

The overwhelming fear that if he actually asked people in power difficult questions that he’d be disinvited to the next beltway party. There is literally nothing else that motivates this man. The gag is, conservatives think the people he puts a cape on for is the federal government, when of course it’s capital.

libfreeordie on April 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I suspect your first observation is correct; we know that CBS fired Cheryl Atkinson for the sin of dissing the government-as-presently-constituted.

But, you have been around HA long enough to know that (1) conservatives understand perfectly well that the federal government runs on crony capitalism (which should not be confused with the conservative principle of a free market economy); (2) therefore, anyone shilling for FedGov is of necessity protecting BigCapital (nice super-hero metaphor, BTW); but (3) conservatives have just as little use for rent-seeking monopolists as they do for big-government enthusiasts.

No gag.

AesopFan on April 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Any network facing these circumstances would undertake some serious probing to discover the problem.

Hey NBC, I’ve got an idea for you. It may just be that Gregory is lousy at his job. Try that as your working hypothesis and take it from there.

Trafalgar on April 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Russert was a principled liberal. He would grill all comers equally. Gregory appears to be the usual MSM liberal talking head.

TexasEngineer on April 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Could be because he is a two bit shiitt head.
Just saying.

Lonetown on April 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

No, southside’ scomment registered high on the sarcasm meter.

listens2glenn on April 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Indeed.

I appreciate the HA commenters who brave the Leftist sites and bring back some of the tidbits from the commentary there.
On one of those sites, southside’s comment would have registered as perfectly reasonable logic.

Not, that’s insane.

AesopFan on April 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

not => now

AesopFan on April 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Comcast…….

d1carter on April 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Tim Russert was the only reason I watched MTP back in the day.He would be trashed by the far left if he was alive and still hosting the show.When he died NBC died also.At least he made the show bearable to watch.

jeffinsjvca on April 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I’ve been wondering what makes Gregory tick, myself. I haven’t seen him since the Imus days where he appeared regularly on the show. He always gave me the impression, judging the perpetual look of mixed incredulity, petulance and skepticism on his arrogant face, of a spoiled rich kid who’s just been told his socialite mother’s been shagging lumberjacks.

MaiDee on April 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Why isn’t he in jail for gun law violations in DC?

forest on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Because he’s a lefty, silly.

Laws don’t apply to him. They’re just for us bitter, clinging types.

AZCoyote on April 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I thought Gregory was a pretty wide aperture already. Maybe not the biggest aperture at NBC but one of the biggest.

Long Legged MacDaddy on April 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Gregory has always been a political hack for the dimwits. He doesn’t ask anything but puffball questions of any of the liberals he interviews. There is no reason to watch MTP when I can get that kind of reporting anywhere. As far as the psychological evaluations, when I was working in the corporate world 20 years ago, that was something we had to do if we were a certain level. It really isn’t a surprise that someone in such a visible position should be evaluated.

COgirl on April 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Look, all they need to do is team Gregory up with Amanpour. And a dash of Parker, Spitz and the watch the magic happen! With special correspondent Piers Morgan for a a bit of British flair as the cherry on top.

NotCoach on April 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Gregory’s biggest problem is the same as Obama’s, ………….ego. Both think more highly of themselves than the viewing public.

Tater Salad on April 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Seriously, who has more crackpots on as guests?

Maddow is a regularly, I believe. Doesn’t he even invite Sharpton on?

And the only Republican he seems to know is McCain.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Russert was a principled liberal. He would grill all comers equally. Gregory appears to be the usual MSM liberal talking head.

TexasEngineer on April 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I think Russert would be apoplectic about what’s going on at MSNBC and NBC.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Seriously, who has more crackpots on as guests?

Maddow is a regularly, I believe. Doesn’t he even invite Sharpton on?

And the only Republican he seems to know is McCain.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

There is actually something to your comment; MTP has become so partisan, either by choice in their guests or with conservatives deciding their is a better use of their time, that all you now have is MSNBC lite.

How are those ratings doing?

Tater Salad on April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

It’s not Meet The Press anymore, it’s Meet David Gregory. Gregory runs it like a reality show with the same format with his agenda, and frankly it’s predictable and boring. I usually know what question or statement he’s going to ask next, and then I think, well, I could have said that. Duh!

lea on April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Richard Maddow is actually a regular on Meet the Press? Wow.

NotCoach on April 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

fine looking chap though…

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

David Gregory / John Kerry / Lurch

Separated at birth.

Fine indeed.

Mark Boabaca on April 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Makes no difference, every MSM journalist is currently enjoying an 8 year vacation…

hillsoftx on April 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Spot. On.

HiJack on April 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

NBC wonders: What makes David Gregory tick?

America wonders: When did “reporters interviewing reporters” become NEWS???

Until some TV mavens realize that an echo chamber, particularly a left-wing echo chamber, is neither new nor interesting nor informative, they can expect the ratings decline to continue.

News begins with original sources.

At our house, a reporter interviewing a reporter triggers a channel change.

landlines on April 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

People just don’t understand Gregory’s brilliance. I blame the audience. It’s their fault.

southsideironworks on April 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The audience is obviously bigoted…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I think Russert would be apoplectic about what’s going on at MSNBC and NBC.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Maybe what’s going on at NBC wouldn’t be going on if Russert were there. As for MSNBC, that’s another issue for the wonks at the asylum to fight over.

HiJack on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

NBC doesn’t care about ratings. They don’t want to piss off the WH. Secondly, David Gregory has been with the network so long, he’s predictable and easy to control. Where’s he going to go? He’ll do exactly what the bigwigs want.

tangoecho5 on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Richard Maddow is actually a regular on Meet the Press? Wow.

NotCoach on April 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

If you were a regular viewer you would have know that. What’s wrong with you, anyway? Get with the program, comrade.

HiJack on April 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

He’s 43 years old,

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

That can’t be right. My hair didn’t look that gray until I was 58 or 59. He might not be long for this world.

platypus on April 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Well, Barbara Bush was prematurely gray forever, and she’s still hanging around.

HiJack on April 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

What makes ANY leftist propaganda whore tick?

1) Covering for “their guy” and his Regime.
2) Furthering “the cause”.
3) Refuse to report on anything that goes against #’s 1 or 2 above, which includes shutting down and destroying anyone who disagrees with them.

Meople on April 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I’ve watched ‘Meet The Press’ since childhood (I was a very strange kid). I don’t watch it much anymore, partly because I’ve quasi-boycotted NBC and partly because, as a news junkie, I find it easier to stay up-to-date online.

NBC has become the de facto agitprop ministry of the Democratic Party during the Obama years. Although always left-of-center, the network has cast aside all pretext of objectivity and now just shills for Left. If I don’t trust anything someone says then pretty soon I’ll stop listening to them altogether. Same thing here.

I’d probably watch the show agian again if they replaced Gregory with someone like, say, Sharyl Attkisson (yeah I know but one can dream). Imagine how exciting a news program would be if someone started asking hard questions of the Obama Administration.

troyriser_gopftw on April 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

What’s he like? They wrote a song about him. Maybe you’ve heard it. It goes a little like this:

“You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch…”

turfmann on April 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Not that anyone cares, but I meant ‘pretense of objectivity’, not ‘prextext’.

troyriser_gopftw on April 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Gregory suffers from a malady that struck many journalists in early 2008. It’s called: Thrill Up Your Leg Syndrome. The majority of Americans are turned off by it.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Not that anyone cares, but I meant ‘pretense of objectivity’, not ‘prextext’.

troyriser_gopftw on April 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I understood what you were trying to say – and I agree with your comment.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I think Gregory simply is a boring sycophant!

woodhull on April 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

NBC, in a bold move, has just announced that Meet The Press will now be co-hosted by Matt Lauer and Rachel Maddow. Lauer, with his softer, friendly demeanor is expected to attract more women to the show, while Maddow will provide the masculine, intellectual, and political seriousness necessary to attract political junkies.

The final format is being worked out by NBC’s award-winning executive producers, but it is anticipated that the show will focus on hot button political issues like gay marriage, climate change, and income inequality.

pilsener on April 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Every candidate for high national office should have a psychological screening with the results made public. Maybe then we would not be in the fix we are with Obama.

SpiderMike on April 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

NBC should have known that Gregory’s first name is descriptive. My question, is why does anyone watch him or any other phony LSM “news” anyway?

earlgrey on April 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

That can’t be right. My hair didn’t look that gray until I was 58 or 59. He might not be long for this world.

platypus on April 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

That’s what the article says. I didn’t start graying until my mind 40s. Going to turn the big 50 this autumn. Still mostly brown.

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

In possession of gun magazine and undergoing pysch evaluation?

That combo can be lethal. Lock him up.

Carnac on April 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The psychological study is classic corporate CYA. They can’t face the truth, that Gregory is an immature failure, so they defend their stupid decision to fire the producer with all this psych nonsense.

PattyJ on April 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

David Gregory is the real life example of the part Colbert plays.

pat on April 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

David Gregory is only a tiny part of the reason why the NBC News brand has been permanently damaged.

Immediately upon the death of Tim Russert, everyone at NBC News abandoned the fiction of impartial objectivity. It became clear that Russert was the only one keeping all the other leftists in line. Now the entire news division, on the NBC broadcast channel, on MSNBC, and on CNBC, is a reliable propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

If you are a doctrinaire leftist, you have to be pretty happy with this state of affairs. Every minute of programming on these networks will confirm the correctness of your political views. But for the 80% who are moderates or conservatives, there is nothing for you on NBC.

There was a time when NBC News was the benchmark for all television news, back in the days of Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and John Chancellor. Now it damages all of NBC Universal — I sometimes watch sports programming on the networks of NBC Universal, and reruns of Monk, Psych, or NCIS; but I avoid everything else as a matter of principle.

J Baustian on April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I think Gregory simply is a boring sycophant!

woodhull on April 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Maybe psychophant.

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Communism?

Christian Conservative on April 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Objectivity? The lack of this was proven to me when I watched a live Meet the Press interview with Ms. Pelosi shortly after the revelation that millions of health insurance policies were being canceled. Mr. Gregory rolled a tape showing Ms. Pelosi stating, “No one will lose the health insurance they have”. Ms. Pelosi displayed a look of horror with big eyes, and head movement backwards. Then she visibly took a big gulp of air and proceeded to blamed the insurance companies. The next day on You Tube I looked at that interview. The look of horror and the big gulp were edited out! You could see the tape jump right where those few seconds were deleted. NBC was responsible and they deleted the incriminating facial expression. Nothing can be shown that makes a democrat look bad!

AuAgFinder on April 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I’m not sure what makes him tick,perhaps a wind up key or a pull string in his back. Wind him up and then he spews left wing talking points for 30 minutes. Maybe wets himself, too.

jaywemm on April 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I think Russert would be apoplectic about what’s going on at MSNBC and NBC.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Russert, hell. How about Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak and David Susskind?

Gene Hunt on April 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Gregory just comes across as a condescending know-it-all. When I see him interviewing someone, it is clear he’s not interested in, or even listening to, the answer. He’s already preparing his rebuttal.

Chowderhead123 on April 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Gregory seems to have taken it in stride, but it’s difficult to understand why. If my employer was unhappy with my work, the last thing I’d expect is for them to start talking to my wife and my friends about it.

Seriously? Gregory is a talentless, stupid Nancy-Boy. He’s being overpaid by million$ a year for a job that’s over his head. He will take any abuse given to hang on to this gig as long as he can.

Jaibones on April 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I think that as insipid, shallow and downright dopey Gregory is, he’s still too highbrow for most libs. If they get rid of the actual Gregory and turn him into a cartoon character, then move MTP to Saturday mornings, it would be a ratings bonanza.

AppraisHer on April 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM