March 23, 2006, - 1:46 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Who is more annoying: ABC News White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson during the Reagan years or NBC News White House Correspondent David Gregory now?
I think it’s a draw. Either way, it’s clear that David Gregory is the new Sam Donaldson, minus the gazillion wives and penchant for biting, but with the addition of the penchant for calling White House officials “jerk[s].” Also, in Donaldson’s days, there was no internet to counter his anti-Reagan bias and BS. But there was Ronald Reagan, who sure knew how to handle the mercurial contrarian liberal reporter. The best was when Donaldson would yell questions, and Reagan would pretend he could not hear over the noise of Marine One.
Check out Fire David Gregory.
(Sam Donaldson anecdote: I met Sam Donaldson in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and made a campaign stop in Michigan. Sam Donaldson came up to me, my sister, and a friend. Unfortunately, they asked him for his autograph. When I did not, he asked me if I wanted his autograph. I said, no thanks. He then grabbed my Reagan campaign sign from me and signed it anyway. Wonder if David Gregory would do that.)
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