David Gregory’s vestigial journalism

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If only Dancin’ David Gregory did this more often… but it leaves one with the impression that mowing down little children of white, affluent Manhattan-office workers is the bridge too far for Gregory. The families, in other words, were his people. Still, I’ll take what I can get. It’s a rare day I actually say something… nice about Gregory. Note this on your calendars.

Now compare and contrast Dancin’ Dave’s interview with Ross Douthat’s lede graf:

“Bloomberg, LaPierre and the Void FOR a week after the Newtown shooting, the conversation was dominated by the self-righteous certainties of the American center-left…”

Actually, Ross, it was shock and mourning. Remember? Now is not the time to talk about gun control legislation? Anyway, the rest of the column was another love note to Both Sides Do It, on one side gun nuts and on the other gun-restriction nuts. It’s a remarkable piece of tin-eared dissembling, and false equivalencies.

So once again I leave you with the reminder that this is our constitutionally-protected free and unfettered press, fellow citizens. Cherish it.

Who is going to read the NYTimes now?

OK, today was Bob Herbert’s last day at the Gray Lady. Frank Rich left a few weeks ago, and I’m wondering if Krugman is going to stick around. Soon, it will just be Bobo talking to the Pornstach, and MoDo trying to lay Douthat. A ship of fools for low wingnut intelligence and common wisdom spouting.

Anyway, read his last column, it is a terrific indictment of our second gilded age. He’s always been a champion of the little guy, and I always read him because of that; he’s a solid write, not too flashy. I suspect that this is the column he has longed to write for years, but it was probably always spiked.

Thanks Bob – I look forward to whatever the book is, and whatever the next chapter is.

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