March 23, 2006, - 1:46 pm

David Gregory = Sam Donaldson?

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.

Is David Gregory the New Sam Donaldson (shown with friend)?

(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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10 Responses

No matter what, the press is SUPPOSED to be adversarial to the government in our democracy. Yes, even if the government is in the hands of Republicans. Should we truly prefer Pravda?

hqsbud on March 23, 2006 at 2:12 pm

How can we be sure that isn’t David Gregory pictured with Sam on the right? Both of them have enormous egos. You should have grabbed your sign back away from Sam and said “I SAID NO!!”

DeBodine on March 23, 2006 at 2:19 pm

That’s exactly right – he’s doing the media’s JOB, and the Bush administration and its lackeys can’t handle that. Moreover, McClellan WAS being a jerk – he accused Gregory of playing for the cameras when Gregory was asking a perfectly legitimate question. A question Bush et al may wish wasn’t being asked, but a legitimate question nonetheless.

titletown on March 23, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Well… Donaldson does have the greatest comb-over ever known to a TV audience…

Yiddish Steel on March 23, 2006 at 4:11 pm

Was Donaldson one of the idiots that kept adding a syllable to Tehran? Teh-ran became Teh heh rahn, drove me crazy because we had to endure this for over a year, perhaps 444 days plus.

code7 on March 24, 2006 at 12:11 am

The media liberals are nothing but parasites, acting like little brats who never got told no. They don’t care about the future of the country and civilization that they feed off of, only about their little pet “causes.” I would say, however, that I don’t feel too sorry for Bush. Why should I feel sorry for someone who’s supposed to be my leader? He seems to feel genuinely hurt that many people just don’t like him. As opposed to Clinton, who worked day and night to try to solve the problem of people not liking him. That’s why he played the saxaphone and went out of his way to draw out the details of his own policies, which are roughly equal in importance as to what makes someone a good president (all I can say is, Monica must not have had much to work with). Reagan didn’t care if people didn’t like him, he cared about things like saving America and the rest of the Free World from Soviet influence and/or nuclear annihilation, freeing Easern Europe, that kind of stuff. He only wanted the voters to like him so he could accomplish these things. He didn’t want to be appreciated, he wanted to be underestimated. So as far as Bush/Reagan comparisons from overzealous neoconservatives (is there any other kind), I would say just stop it. The liberal media and Hollywood lowlifes continue to disrespect the Gipper enough as it is, thank you very much.

KnightoftheImpaler on March 24, 2006 at 1:08 am

titletown, “That’s exactly right – he’s doing the media’s JOB, and the Bush administration and its lackeys can’t handle that.”
Why didn’t the media do their glorious JOB while Slick Willy was in office?
This is why I only watch Fox News if I watch news on TV.

Jeff_W on March 24, 2006 at 1:15 pm

If Jeff_W is referring to mismanagement in Somalia, or turning his back on Rwanda, then I agree; Clinton got an undeserved pass from the press. If he means the $80 million porn novel (that we paid for) produced by Kenneth Starr, there was endless coverage of that.
Fox News is American Pravda, for cheerleading the build-up to war in Iraq (as did NY Times; no liberal media there), for pushing the swiftboat BS (as did NY Times), for giving the Bush administration a pass when it ignored the warnings of September 11 (as did NY Times), and plenty more passes it’s given to the Bush administration.

hqsbud on March 24, 2006 at 3:43 pm

You are all wet. Donaldson isn’t a liberal. He was very harsh on the Clinton administration. And I for one I’m very happy that David Gregory has a pair of balls and doesn’t accept the tripe put out by this administration.

mark on March 26, 2006 at 12:07 am

I’m getting sick of the Bush Administration myself, I only wish the anti-Bush stuff that isn’t coming from liberals got more publicity. The more I think about it, there is no conservative movement that’s what Reagan was. There are definitely good conservatives out there, but they’re just sort of here and there. There’s the Buchanan crowd, but they’re an imcomplete and often wrongheaded version of what Reagan was. But they’re almost always right when they say the neocons in power are a complete debauchery to what he was. He was definitely conservative, but in terms of the mess that is conservatism (and indeed all politics) today, he was something else entirely. There’s not even a name for what that is, but we need more of it in America.

KnightoftheImpaler on March 28, 2006 at 6:56 pm

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