David Gregory Vs. Tony Snow, Part 1
Being in the White House press corps can be a no-win situation.
Take NBC's David Gregory, among the highest-profile members of the corps. There are vast numbers of conservative blogs that call Gregory a liberal bully. Liberal blogs point to times Gregory uses Republican-friendly phrasing, or when -- while guest hosting NBC's Meet The Press or MSNBC's Hardball -- he allows a Republican guest to get away with spin.
But at yesterday's press briefing with Tony Snow, Gregory was a bulldog. Call the results informative, or possibly entertaining, but the truth is, Gregory did his job.
The topic was the White House's opinion on a piece of spin Republicans have offered a lot this campaign season -- that Democrats are "more interested in protecting terrorists" than protecting Americans. The latest to offer this ridiculous lie was House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who said it yesterday.
Take a gander at this exchange (edited to remove comments extraneous to this theme):
GREGORY: Now, when a Republican leader of Congress says, "I wonder if Democrats are more interested in protecting terrorists than they are in protecting the American people," as a spokesman for the President, do you think that it's your duty to say that that's out of bounds or not?
SNOW: Frankly, again, this is one of these things -- I haven't even seen the Boehner statement. ...
(Of course, Snow knew enough to call it "the Boehner statement," suggesting he was familiar with what was said.)
GREGORY: ... I mean, do you want to let a statement like this stand from a Republican leader of Congress?
SNOW: Like I said, you're presenting me with a statement I haven't seen. I'll tell you what, I'll get back to you on it.
GREGORY: It's been out there for a couple of hours. I think you had ample time to see it.
SNOW: Well, actually, no. ...
GREGORY: Do Democrats want to protect terrorists more than the American people? What do you think?
SNOW: Again, I know you think that in the last hour -- I had an hour to prepare, because we had long meetings ...
GREGORY: I'm asking you that question -- forget about what John Boehner said, I'm putting the proposition to you. Do you have an opinion on that topic?
SNOW: Do I think -- no, I think ...
GREGORY: ... that Democrats are more interested in protecting terrorists than the American people?