Once upon a time, David Gregory was one of the few White House reporters who would stand up to the Bush regime over the Iraq War. At some point, however, realizing that tack was not approved by the administration, and likely not by Gregory’s employers at General Electric, he toned down his questions.
His reward for doing this?
He got the MTP (Meet the Press) gig, after the death of Tim Russert. Now, Gregory is a primary presenter and analyst of national political opinion in the USA, and it is evident that whatever interest he had in the past to challenge politics as usual, is squelched by his desire to protect his gig and his role as the reporter of the establishment political agenda.
When Gregory talked to Glenn Greenwald on Sunday, it was evident that Greenwald had, as usual, a reasonable and articulate answer for everything Gregory asked him.
And that included a question, and a followup remark, from Gregory that helped to once again clarify exactly who is playing hardball for the fascist team.
Gregory, adopting his best prosecutorial stance, at one point said the following to Greenwald:
“To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mister Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”It was a WTF moment, where you again realize, as we have been realizing for weeks now, that virtually the entire MSM are nothing but a bunch of stooges and shills for the fascist spy regime.
Gregory did not offer any examples of how he knew or if he knew Greenwald had done the things implied in his sleazy question.
Greenwald replied to Gregory:
“I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies. The assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea that I’ve aided and abetted him in anyway. The scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact that the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the-- the e-mails and phone records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory that you just embraced, being a co-conspirator with felony-- in felonies for working with sources. If you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information is a criminal, and it’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States. That’s why the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a standstill, her word, as a result of the theories that you just referenced.”Gregory then replied with an extraordinary threat, which sounded like it was scripted for him by the NSA, or the Obama regime.:
“Well, the question of who’s a journalist may be up to a debate with regard to what you’re doing and of course anybody who’s watching this understands I was asking a question. That question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. I’m not embracing anything.”Especially not the First Amendment.
Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?ABOVE: Question asked by Glenn Greenwald on Twitter caused David Gregory to actually respond to the tweet live on MTP.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 23, 2013
Of course Gregory’s defense of his asking the question is baseless for a number of reasons:
1. The implication that Gregory kept making during the whole interview with Greenwald was that only government-approved journalists (i.e., ones that do not stray beyond a certain mode of enquiry that is tolerable to the government), such as David Gregory, were qualified to make determinations of what should or should not be reported to the American people. For example, Gregory constantly referred to Greenwald as a “columnist”, not a reporter or a journalist. Later, when Gregory realized that Glenn Greenwald had wasted no time in tweeting about Gregory assisting the government in criminalizing journalism, Gregory again challenged the idea that Greenwald was a real journalist, because, Gregory insisted, a real journalist would not have minded Gregory’s question, which he claimed was “not embracing any particular point of view”. Except—it was doing so. It was embracing, and indeed pushing hard, the political view of Representative Peter King (R-NY), who was the first politician to call for Greenwald’s arrest and prosecution. And so…
2. If, as Gregory claims, his question was obviously justified by the fact King had raised this issue, why didn’t he ask the question in such a way as to credit King as the source? Instead, Gregory took ownership of the baseless allegation that Greenwald had done something illegal. He left it up to Greenwald to explain why he shouldn’t be arrested as a criminal. However, he never justified his question as being a relevant one by showing any evidence Greenwald had done something wrong—save the idea that by protecting his source, now a fugitive wanted by the United States government, Greenwald had assumed the position of “aiding and abetting” someone accused of a crime. As Greenwald pointed out, if that is going to be the measure—that journalists are criminals if they are not giving up sources wanted by the government—then investigative journalism in the USA is dead. And of course, that is precisely what the Obama regime wants.
3. Later, Gregory doubled down on the idea, no doubt affirmed by the NSA and the Obama regime, that only certain acts of journalism, ones which do not discomfort the government, are legitimate. Gregory said the following:
“This is the problem with somebody [like Greenwald] who claims that he is a journalist, [who] would object to a journalist raising questions which is not actually embracing any particular point of view. And that’s part of the tactics of the debate here when, in fact, lawmakers have questioned him. There is a question about his role in this, The Guardian’s role in all of this. It is actually part of the debate rather than going after the questioner, he could take on the issues and he had an opportunity to do that here on—on MEET THE PRESS.”Again, the question raised about Greenwald was part of the government propaganda response to the Snowden incident. It is in fact the standard response of the government towards news establishments and journalists that provide the truth to the American people.
The difference here is that an alleged American journalist, David Gregory, who continues to claim he was asking Greenwald "a fair question", is aiding and abetting the government effort to crush all whistleblowing and investigative journalism of the US government’s facist spy regime.