New York Magazine’s Frank Rich on Wednesday pondered the journalistic chops of “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.
Gregory has taken heat for aggressively asking The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald whether he should be charged with a crime for reporting on the National Security Agency’s top secret surveillance programs.
In response, Rich — participating in a weekly Q&A segment on NY Mag’s website — wondered if Gregory is a journalist.
“Is David Gregory a journalist? As a thought experiment, name one piece of news he has broken, one beat he’s covered with distinction, and any memorable interviews he’s conducted that were not with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin, or Chuck Schumer,” Rich said, adding that Greenwald “demolished Gregory.”
The former New York Times columnist went on to suggest that Gregory likely would have assailed Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers about 40 years ago.
“The new, incoming leadership of NBC News has a golden opportunity to revamp Sunday morning chat by making a change at Meet the Press,” Rich said. “I propose that Gregory be full-time on Today, where he can speak truth to power by grilling Paula Deen.”