David Shuster, now former Current TV anchor, as they’re now Al Jazeera, but whatever, he still makes the point that he’s ashamed of David Gregory:
Meet the Press is the oldest and most treasured public affairs show on television. The program’s host, merely by occupying the job, is a leader in broadcast journalism and in the Washington, D.C. community where the show is based.
This is why the ongoing silence of David Gregory and NBC News — following his apparent on-air violation of D.C. gun laws — is so disconcerting. By choosing not to comment, not only is Gregory diminished, but it harms the legacy of Meet the Press and leaves Washington, D.C. police with no opportunity to save face and move on.
Interesting thing to hear coming from the left.
…Washington, D.C. police are now stuck. If they let David Gregory off without getting any acknowledgment from him that he made a mistake, police will be throwing “equal justice under the law” out the window. After all, would an African-American in Southeast D.C. who violated a gun law — and wouldn’t acknowledge it — get a break? Of course not.
Shuster’s probably seen this:
And yet, each day the Gregory investigation continues, D.C. police are wasting more precious resources and time.
I appreciate that NBC counsel have apparently urged David Gregory, his staff, and all executives not to say anything while the investigation continues. But in this case, the narrow interests of a company lawyer undercut the ethical obligations of Meet the Press to journalism and the city of Washington, D.C.
It’s wise of them not to do so. They were, after all…
Of course, Mike Judge had more subtlety than David Gregory.
There is nothing that prevents David Gregory from showing some respect to those institutions right now by saying something like, “I am sorry that my actions have caused a police investigation. My team and I will cooperate fully with D.C. police and do whatever we can to help resolve this matter.”
For now, however, David Gregory and NBC News offer only silence and “no comment.”
That is what you’re supposed to do when you’re caught red-handed. Talking to the police only digs a hole deeper. NBC has good lawyers who know how to not make a situation worse. An apology, to a detective, is called a confession; and with a HD video of the crime broadcast to millions and subject matter expert across the table, there’s nowhere to go but guilty.
This is unfortunate and hypocritical. Not taking responsibility is what Gregory himself accused the Obama White House of doing in October over Benghazi. Gregory said at the time, “the buck stops with the White House and the president on these matters.”
Mr. Shuster, if your eyes are open to this, expect to see more of these things from your former leftist media heroes. You didn’t even have to fight Roddy Piper – you put those sunglasses on for yourself.