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David Gregory: ‘People Can Fact-Check Meet the Press Every Week on Their Own Terms’

David Gregory.jpgFirst came an announcement by ABC’s This Week interim moderator Jake Tapper that the program would team each week with the St. Petersburg Times‘ PolitiFact to fact-check guest interviews.

Now, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator David Gregory tells The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz that fact-checking is an “interesting idea” but that his program will not follow ABC’s lead. “People can fact-check Meet the Press every week on their own terms.”

The fact-checking concept was originally proposed by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in December. “Nice!” Rosen tweeted yesterday in response to Gregory’s quotes. “David Gregory probably thought this exercise was pointless,” he continued in another tweet. “Viewers of Face the Nation can do it themselves, right David?”

No response to Rosen has been posted by Gregory on his Twitter account.

Also in Kurtz’s column is news that Meet the Press will debut a new set on May 2. “The look is ultramodern,” Kurtz writes. “Floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a pair of huge video screens with a White House backdrop, a small, circular glass table as well as a larger, rectangular one.”

>More: In a tweet today, Rosen points out that Gregory told Politico in January that fact-checking was a “good idea” and that he and MTP staff were “going to talk about it”.

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Cat Call From Fox News PR

FNCKittens_7.14.bmpInsiders at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles sent us this image. It’s a button with kittens and hearts and the phrase “Hugs and kittens from Fox News Media Relations.”

We’re told the buttons have been spread around the ballroom where Fox News Channel is holding its Q&A in front of the TV critics which began at 5pmET. The button is Fox’s way of saying, “We’re not as bad as David Carr makes us out to be.” But do you know what happens when kittens grow up? They scratch… hard sometimes. And it hurts.

Anyway, when we contacted the aforementioned PR types, they confirmed that the buttons did indeed come from them.

By the way, FNC political analysts Karl Rove and Howard Wolfson are among those on the Fox News panel. More coverage from our trade industry friends as they file their stories.

> Related: TVBarn’s Aaron Barnhart catches up with Chris Wallace at the TCA. Wallace: “I think people are taking a second look at Fox, especially given how extraordinarily biased the coverage has been at our main competitors … especially MSNBC.”

> More from an insider at the TCA: “The buttons apparently worked, because Carr’s article didn’t come up during the conversation, though the fact that many of the publicists in question were in the room may have had something to do with that.”