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Is David Gregory a Vegetable? Senator Schumer and the Budget Deficit

Sunday, 27 November 2011 11:10

Thirty years ago, the Reagan administration told us that ketchup is vegetable. More recently Fox News told us that pepper spray is essentially a food product. So inevitably people must be asking whether David Gregory is a vegetable.

Gregory, who is the host of Meet the Press, had Senator Chuck Schumer on the show speaking about the failure of the supercommittee to come up with a deficit reduction plan. Schumer listed the causes of the deficit as the Bush tax cuts, the increase in military spending and the increasing cost of Social Security and Medicare (referred to as "entitlements). Remarkably, Schumer did not mention the recession, which is by far the most important cause of the large deficits of the last few years.

An anchor who was not a vegetable would have jumped on Senator Schumer and asked him if he is really unaware of the recession and its contribution to the deficit. Gregory simply went on to the next question as though Schumer had said something that made sense. So what exactly does Gregory do for his pay?

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the Gregory brothers
written by JoyfulA, November 27, 2011 11:56
Dick Gregory is no vegetable, although he may be a vegetarian. David Gregory is a carrot.
written by trish, November 27, 2011 12:12
I am not certain what I enjoy more about these blogs...the valuable corrections/information/mini tutorials, or the headlines themselves, which are often quite entertaining and easily rival Krugman's. One of my favorites recently (amid many): "David Brooks Confuses the United States with Greece."

and I am not certain what I find more depressing about this blog...the fact that it's a "lone voice" amid so much pathetic pseudo-journalism, with certainly a proportionately minuscule readership, or the fact that you have to repeat yourself over and over as if our "public servants" from the media and govt. were children, or just the actual information itself...what is happening in our country (ie oligarchs/elite lie in order to erode social security).
Anyway, a sincere thank you for your service. I think every NYT, WAPO, etc., article you correct should be required to attach a link to your blog. I encourage all readers of this blog to tell everyone they know (who actually reads about this stuff) about it. Sort of like a (admittedly) small occupy-the-corporate/useless- press gesture...
written by izzatzo, November 27, 2011 12:33
Gregory is a root vegetable. That's why he's called an anchor.

Schumer is a fruit. That's why he's called a senator.
written by ellis, November 27, 2011 1:09
As Schumer says, everybody knows the main budget problem is entitlements. Thank goodness Schumer and the Democrats are working with the Republicans to cut those entitlements so they could free up the money to give to entrepeneurs who could invest in luxury goods, stock buybacks, and credit default swaps and get the economy going again.
written by fuller schmidt, November 27, 2011 3:34
David Gregory is tall. That's about it.
written by urban legend, November 27, 2011 6:30
No matter how often he demonstrates his incompetence as a journalist, he has a high opinion of himself. If he ain't smart, how come he's so rich?
written by PeonInChief, November 27, 2011 8:17
Uh, David Gregory does exactly what he is supposed to do for his pay--convince us that we're not entitled to a benefit that we've been pre-funding for the last 30 years.

David Gregory comes from Sacramento, and he reflects the television media here generally.
Smug blandness
written by Julian, November 27, 2011 10:32
I agree with Trish that it's deeply depressing how the main stream media seem oblivious to the points that Dean repeatedly makes. I never cease to be amazed by the supreme smug blandness of David Gregory. What a totally useless excuse for a news anchor. But it's also totally frustrating that Schumer comes out with this kind of half-baked misleading rhetoric failing to make the crucial points we need to hear broadcast clear and loud. It's like even leading Democrats are not sure about their own shaky principles and say things that damage their own cause.
Schumer Sucks
written by Union Member, November 27, 2011 10:48

The Social Security Act of 1935 was introduced in the US Senate by the great Sen..Robert Wagner of New York and signed into law by President Roosevelt, a former Governor of New York. Funny thing, Wall Street was part of Wagner's and Roosevelt's constituency then, just as it is part of Schumer's today.

But even more remarkable, the Social Security Act - among the greatest laws ever passed in the history of this nation, what Roosevelt called his " program of action" - was begun at the height of the Great Depression, when there was no money! Austerity had already been used as a gimmick to enrich the powerful and empower the rich.

Chuck Schumer should know that when police pepper spray or strike at participants of #OWS - the 99% - they shout: SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. And, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING! THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Vegetable Salad
written by Pat, November 28, 2011 4:57
So in other words, I didn't miss a damned thing by not watching MTP.

Tell me something new, please!
written by SqueakyRat, November 30, 2011 7:43
he photosynthesizes.

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