Politico‘s Glenn Thursh and Dylan Byers tag teamed RedState‘s Erick Erickson this morning over the attention NBC anchor David Gregory and the Sandy Hook elementary shootings are receiving.
To catch you up to speed, while anchoring Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Gregory held up a gun magazine, thus possibly breaking a D.C. gun law. Gun rights advocates pounced, calling for the prosecution of Gregory. It’s a story that’s been picked up mostly by media reporters and talked about on Twitter, but no thorough investigations outside of the conservative blogosphere have taken shape.
“Of course the media is dismissive of the David Gregory story,” Erickson tweeted today. “He broke the law to demand more laws.”
Thrush, who spent a larger portion of yesterday evening arguing with Twitter followers over the same subject, responded, “That’s because it’s a fake, joke story meant to divert attention from a serious [gun control] debate.”
“You mean like we need more laws like the one Gregory broke to prove we needed more laws? Yep, that’s funny.” Erickson said. Thrush reiterated his point that the Gregory story pales in comparison to the Sandy Hook shooting. Erickson, who wants you to know is not like the rest of the news world, returned to his theme that “the media” are covering up the Gregory story.
Thrush pointed out that Erickson is indeed part of “the media;” Erickson said he “resents the implication.”
That’s when Byers jumped in… “How’s that CNN gig?” he said.
Of course, as a contributor at CNN, a radio host, an author and a blog editor, Erickson is by every measure part of this all-inclusive “media.” His own site even published a front-page column on the Gregory story by Erickson this morning.
Without too much pressure, he recognized in a followup tweet: “I probably shouldn’t use ‘journalist’ and ‘media’ interchangeably.”