Mainstream media is a 'toxic work environment'
Immature arrogance is the only way to describe NBC White House reporter David Gregory’s recent questioning of Scott McClellan (regarding Vice President Dick Cheney’s shooting accident). Gregory’s behavior is a symptom of a debilitating political virus infecting mainstream media. To borrow a phrase from the liberal lexicon, today’s media is a “toxic work environment.”
Many people recall similar unprofessional, if not reprehensible, behavior by MSNBC commentator Lawrence O’Donnell just before the 2004 presidential election. He shouted down Swift Boat veteran John O’Neil, an earnest man who sought to have his qualified say about John Kerry’s Vietnam experience. Calling this man a liar, as O’Donnell did repeatedly on national TV, reveals a flawed temperament and narrow intellectual pursuit.
Gregory and O’Donnell will serve no role in restoring integrity and independent thought to our nation’s media. Instead, they use talk of tolerance, diversity and free speech as a political marketing slogan.