Sep
04
2014

David Gregory–and Other Famous Left-Wingers

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The New York Post refers to Meet the Press's "famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory." A quick overview of Gregory's record doesn't turn up much evidence of leaning to the left–but plenty to the contrary.

Apr
10
2014

Meet the Press Gets Out of the Beltway–But Takes Washington Worldview Along

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NBC's Meet the Press is introducing segments called "Meeting America," billed as an attempt to get out of the Beltway bubble. It's a fine idea in theory, but their first installment, a look at the Keystone XL pipeline, was a flop.

Mar
18
2014

Finally, Corporate America Will Have a Voice

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Former CNBC host Maria Bartiromo will be debuting a new show on the Fox News Channel soon, and she's sharing one idea about what will make her show different: Corporations will finally get a chance to tell their story.

Dec
02
2013

Obamacare as a 'Big Government' Failure

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Pundits' discussions of the Affordable Care Act rollout assumes that the law represents some kind of "activist government" intervention to disrupt the normally smooth workings of the private sector. But that is neither the intent nor the effect of the law.

Nov
11
2013

Who's an Iran Expert? The Hawks Have Their Say

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The Iran nuclear negotiations had the Sunday shows talking–but who are they talking to? And do they know what they're talking about?

Sep
24
2013

David Gregory, Health Law Fact Injector

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Meet the Press host David Gregory tried to take a different approach from his colleague Chuck Todd. Unfortunately, his attempted factcheck didn't really clarify much.

Jun
03
2013

Did Obama Flip Flop on the War Against the Press?

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While Meet the Press's David Gregory is playing "gotcha" by selectively editing Barack Obama's speeches, the real story here is that the administration's record of targeting investigative journalism is all too consistent.

Jan
29
2013

David Gregory: Obama Should Trick Republicans by Being More Like Them

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When reporters give strategic advice, they tend to reveal what they consider preferable policy goals. A discussion of taxes and spending on Meet the Press revealed a lot about host David Gregory's worldview.

Jan
02
2013

Tom Brokaw and the Not-So-Rich Wealthy

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The December 30 episode of Meet the Press was, of course, devoted to discussion of the "fiscal cliff." And NBC veteran Tom Brokaw was on hand to recycle some of the most tiresome talking points about wealth and taxes.

Dec
17
2012

Meet the Press's Uncharacteristic Enthusiasm for Balance

David Gregory on Meet the Press (December 12, 2012)

Meet the Press's David Gregory (12/16/12) seemed really proud of how hard his show worked to try to get a pro-gun viewpoint on the air to talk about the Newtown massacre. Funny, Gregory doesn't always make that much of an effort to balance his panels.

Dec
07
2012

FAIR TV: Bradley Manning Blackout, Tax Hike Spin, Covering Poverty– and $450 Starbucks Gift Cards

The stories that came out due to the information Bradley Manning allegedly leaked have been explosive, front page news. But his trial? Not so much. And Maria Bartiromo told Meet the Press that tax increases on the wealthy are really tax increases for everyone. And why was a Starbucks $450 gift card front page news at USA Today– right underneath a stirring piece about poverty? FAIR TV breaks it down:

Oct
15
2012

CEOs Tout Austerity–Without Being 'Ideological' About It

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This passage from Meet the Press (10/14/12) says a lot about how middle-of-the-road elite journalists think about fiscal issues. Here's NBC veteran Tom Brokaw and host David Gregory: BROKAW:   I was just going to say, I talked to a lot of major business leaders who want Romney to get elected, but almost to a man and a woman, they say, "But you know what, we're going to have to pay some more taxes in our category."  What they want to do, however, is to benchmark them against spending cuts, so that they can get spending down to 20 percent of […]

Sep
04
2012

Ryan's Lies… I Mean, His 'Overreaches'

Paul Ryan's RNC convention speech kicked off a lot of discussion about how and when journalists should do factchecking. Some reporters noted that, for instance, the people you factcheck can push back; other pieces wondered if it was making any difference at all. There are plenty of factchecking operations, but there seems to be a feeling that the lying and deception is more significant now than it's ever been. But if you watched TV coverage of the Republican convention, you may not have seen much in the way of factchecking. More to the point, some of the discussions could get […]