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HuffPo, Gregory and “Meet”

>UPDATE: Politico’s Mike Allen hears what Danny Shea is hearing, adding another layer of credibility to the Gregory story. (“Enjoying a gravitas boost from his prematurely salt-and-pepper mane and friendships with Tom Brokaw and other of the legendary figures of NBC News, Gregory quickly became one of the biggest network stars of his generation. … Betsy Fischer, one of Washington’s most respected behind-the-scenes network forces, will remain as executive producer, the executives said. The executives provided elliptical information that did not either raise or preclude the possibility that a supporting cast could be named along with Gregory.”)

david_gregory-mtp-752133.jpgLast night, the Huffington Post’s Danny Shea reported: “David Gregory will take the reins as moderator of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ the Huffington Post has learned.”

We’re hearing that nothing’s final (trial balloon?!?), but Shea may very well be proven right. (Gregory’s agent wouldn’t confirm or deny anything when asked by the Observer and the New York Times wrote: “NBC executives said Monday night that no announcement of the replacement for the late Tim Russert is planned for Tuesday, though the executives did not deny that Mr. Gregory may be named to the position at some point.”)

(We expect the official announcement to be made on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”)

What do you think?

David Gregory as “Meet” host…?
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Still, there are 1,800 comments to Shea’s article on Huffington Post. You’ll notice that most of the reaction to the notion of Gregory as “Meet” host is negative (see our own Pete Sampras theory about Gregory) and lots wanted Rachel Maddow. (Don’t worry, David: Jessi Klein has a crush on you). This is notable because, while some Internet commenters can certainly be harsh and crude at times, Huffington Post is a liberal site and Gregory became a hero of the left during his sharp questioning of George W. Bush‘s press secretaries.

Some of the more notable, after the jump…


You’ll notice that most of the reaction to the notion of Gregory as “Meet” host is negative. This is notable because, while some Internet commenters can certainly be harsh and crude at times, Huffington Post is a liberal site and Gregory became a hero of the left during his sharp questioning of George W. Bush’s press secretaries.

  • “God, I hope to heck not. I love MTP and would no longer watch the show if that JERK is the moderator. Please, Please, Please let this be another case of BAD Media Reporting.”

  • “Not a great choice But anyone is better than the biased and self-satisfied Brockaw.”

  • “Gwen Ifill. Please. Please. PLEASE.”

  • “They might consider changing the name of the show to ‘The Weakest Link’”

  • “ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”

  • “Was it merely a trial balloon–judging from this blog- it is safe to say he’s not exactly the peoples’ choice– but he is totally unopinionated- though seems to have never knocked thr rovian politicos of yesterday—”

  • “I think Gregory is a good, safe choice, because he’s so unopinionated and doesn’t offend any one. I personally would have liked to have seen Gwen Ifill get the job. She has lots of personality without being overly opinionated in her interviews.”

  • “Good luck David I am sure you will do well.”

  • “Great. A deer in the headlights asks the hard hitting questions. I guess i’ll be Facing The Nation from now on.”

  • “Since when do you get rewarded for under performing? 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is tanking and now he gets Meet The Press? That’s pretty hard to believe! This Week with George is starting to look better all the time.”

  • “Bad choice. He focuses too much attention on gotcha trivia.”

  • “The brass doesn’t want excellence; they want safe.”

  • “Did someone mention brains? What about Phil Donahue? I am sure he could have tackled this task with great finesse and competentcy. Why does the networks always make the most tired and uninspired choices? Do they want the show to have viewers?”

  • “Don’t like him or his hair (for some reason, sorry).”

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