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Tony Snow, David Gregory, and the Decline of NBC

Thursday, December 14, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Instapundit points approvingly to a Tony Snow apology to David Gregory. 

Each viewer can judge Gregory’s incessant hectoring of Snow and prior press secretaries.  Gregory may not be so much a partisan –though he strikes most people as such– as an extremely annoying blowhard, a-never-to-be-ready-for-primetimer who endlessly tries to be a new Sam Donaldson in an age when such theatrics work well only on the Colbert Report.

NBC was the network of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. Now they have Gregory and Keith Olbermann –the empty and the angry.  Tony Snow’s abilities so tower above those of Gregory that it is perhaps not fair for Snow to engage Gregory as other than a teacher would a somewhat slow and thus belligerent student.  With that in mind, I understand the apology, as well as the way in which it was cloaked. 

Mark Steyn and I discuss Gregory and the White House Press Corps on today’s show.  You can read a transcript here later.

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