Meet the Press’s Uncharacteristic Enthusiasm for Balance

Meet the Press‘s David Gregory (12/16/12)  seemed really proud of how hard his show worked to try to get a pro-gun viewpoint on the air to talk about the Newtown massacre:

David Gregory on Meet the Press (December 12, 2012)

David Gregory

A note here this morning.  We reached out to all thirty-one pro-gun rights senators in the new Congress to invite them on the program to share their views on this subject this morning.  We had no takers.

Funny, Gregory doesn’t always make that much of an effort to balance his panels. There’s no evidence that he tried to find someone to discuss Afghanistan who shared the majority of American’s opinion that troops should be withdrawn (FAIR Blog, 10/26/09). Or someone from the Democratic Party to discuss the Republican congressional victory in 2010–or the Republican congressional defeat in 2006 (FAIR Blog, 11/5/10). Or when Occupy Wall Street was on the agenda, someone to represent the “left” end of the debate who wasn’t a managing director for Morgan Stanley (FAIR Blog, 10/25/11).

Of course, when the topic is whether or not people should be allowed virtually unlimited access to lethal weaponry, even when this results in children being massacred, it’s understandable that you’d want to go the extra mile to try to get the “pro” side represented.






About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.