Sour grapes from the White House press corps

I learned the hard way that it’s smart to keep your mouth shut when you’re angry, because you’re liable to say something highly revelatory about your true feelings when enraged. I believe the old saying is “a closed mouth gathers no feet.” NBC’s David Gregory could use that advice.

In an off-camera White House press briefing spat that’s getting a lot of attention, Gregory made a statement that bears repeating. He was arguing (nothing new) with White House spokesman Scott McClellan about how the story of this weekend’s Dick Cheney hunting accident was first reported. The woman who owned the ranch phoned her local paper, something Gregory apparently feels was inappropriate.

“Let’s just be clear here,” Gregory said. “The vice president of the United States accidentally shoots a man, and he feels that it’s appropriate for a ranch owner who witnessed this to tell the local Corpus Christi newspaper and not the White House press corps at large or notify the public in a national way?”
Give. Me. A. Break.

This is the kind of insane logic that springs forth from the oxygen-deprived mind of a guy who’s spent far too much time atop the pedestal of the vaunted White House press corps. It’s an insult to local media everywhere and especially to the very people that Gregory’s employer (and other mainstream media outlets) are trying to reach with a message of “trust me.” By implication, Gregory is asserting that only he and other elitists can properly vet news items involving Dick Cheney and, one assumes, other “important” people. What a crock!


  1. On his knees is more likely. Remember Campbell Brown’s disbelief during the early days of the Iraq war that Bush wasn’t getting his news from TV?

  2. Former Network Guy says

    On the other hand, it is not exactly light the White House actually made a purposeful decision to let new media handle this one. Somehow I don’t think they were actully thinking in those terms.

  3. Bush is proud of the fact he gets no news on his own–from TV, papers or otherwise. He has DVDs made up for him by staffers with news clips.

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