The new Meet The Press host rushes to defend Barack Obama from charges of stabbing Israel in the back. He says Obama’s position reflects “prominent views” in Israel of what the country ought to accept (1967 borders). So Joe Scarborough asks Gregory to name a single public figure in Israel who has backed up the president’s position.
Gregory can’t name a single public figure in Israel who takes the same position as Barack Obama. He instead reverts to unspecified “commentary” in the unspecified “press” within the country. Examples offered? None. Not one.
Here’s the transcript:
DAVID GREGORY, “MEET THE PRESS” HOST: I just want to make a point here. Joe, I disagree with you. This is not just the view of the White House in terms of what they think Israel ought to accept. This also reflects prominent views within Israel that this speech was actually good news for the Israeli government for some of the points that have already been laid out here…
JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Obviously, we talked about earlier, on the minds of a lot of people inside the White House and the state department is the U.N. vote coming up this fall, David, and this is seen as leverage obviously for that. We’ve talked about that. But you said this is also seen as good news for some in Israel. What major Israeli public figures have come out supporting the President’s speech?
GREGORY: Well, I (stammers), I don’t think there have been major public figures that have, but some of the commentary that’s coming out of (stammers) the commentary in the press there and others who are looking at the situation are, are recognizing that some of these factors diplomatically are actually positive for Netanyahu.
“Some of the commentary” that’s coming from unnamed “press”. Why, that’s exactly like “prominent views”. Except, you know, not.
Gregory is in such a rush to cover for his boyfriend’s failings that he steps in a pile he can’t pull himself from. In fact, Gregory even admits that he doesn’t think there have been major public figures backing Obama’s plan, and in fact it’s just some people in the unspecified “press”. He ends up looking like a fool.
Meanwhile in reality, longtime Democrat Ed Koch says he’s done with his party, thanks in no small part to Obama’s abandoning of Israel. But don’t worry, because David Gregory says “prominent” individuals in Israel support Obama’s plan. Spoiler alert: Those “prominent” people exist only in David Gregory’s head.