Dr. Gregory & Mr. Hyde

Now if Dick Cheney‘s shooting was only supposed to have been a one- or two-day story, then one certainly wouldn’t expect that David Gregory‘s controversial exchange with Scott McClellan would be entering its second week.

Jon Friedman chimes in today with a commentary aimed directed at the first row fixture: “the poster child for inappropriate, self-serving behavior was NBC’s David Gregory, the television media’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

“When he is working the White House beat, Gregory can be a very good and tenacious reporter. He is fearless, smart and analytical. In short, the journalistic side of Gregory could serve as a role model for his colleagues.
But when he stands up at one of those pathetic no-news-allowed White House press briefings, he is a role model for one of those kids in the sandbox.”

Friedman proceeds to place a lot more than his share of blame on Gregory for the current state of White House press relations and offers some advice easier given than implemented: “It doesn’t serve a purpose for you–or one of your peers–to be shown losing your cool. Even if McClellan stands there like a statue, he looks classier than a reporter–even one who is justifiably exasperated–who is in the act of throwing a fit.”

It might be worth remembering, though, that it was McClellan who first attacked Gregory last week–going after him and accusing him of grandstanding even when he obviously knew there weren’t any cameras around. McClellan that way got to fire off some shots that he’s much too smart to fire off on camera.