On top of the ratings meltdown, Gregory had found himself mired in embarrassing on-air flaps. He violated Washington, D.C.’s gun laws by waving a 30-round magazinein front of the camera during an interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. And he was widely criticized for musing about whether Glenn Greenwald should be prosecuted for having “aided and abetted” NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Gregory had never been a natural heir to Tim Russert, even by his own admission. According to a former staffer, when Gregory got the job in 2008, he told a Russert producer, “I think one of my problems is that I’m just not a political junkie.”
These guys are just really, really bad at their jobs. It’s hard to remember what it was like in the bad old days before the real Internet, when anybody who didn’t think the Sunday shows were real journalism was really out there. You felt like a crazy person, watching this shit, wondering if you were the only one who thought it was terrible.