The consensus on Twitter seems to be David Gregory is a dufus. #MASenDebate—
Steve Huff (@SteveHuff) October 01, 2012
Is there no end to the #NBCFail? David Gregory is being panned from both sides for his “Meet the Press”-style moderation at tonight’s debate between Mass. Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren. In fact, even the word “debate” is up for debate, as Gregory sat down with the two candidates for what he hoped would be a “healthy, cordial exchange.”
I'm seeing both liberal and conservatives in my Twitter feed complain David Gregory is badgering their candidate.—
Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 01, 2012
The Sunday-morning chat show format left Gregory to do a lot of the talking and even more interrupting.
Oh. So, you just discovered that David Gregory performs his job inadequately and is somewhat contemptible? Guess you sleep in on Sundays?—
Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) October 02, 2012
Gregory kicked off the night with a question about Warren’s supposed Native American heritage — the same topic which began the previous #MASEN debate — and asked if Brown’s use of “professor” in referring to Warren was meant as disparaging.
Gregory’s performance was so off-putting that even Warren supporters swore that the NBC hack was batting for the Republican.
Was David Gregory moderating a debate or rehearsing for a Fox News gig?—
Lina 47% Hussein Jo (@ItsAlinaJo) October 02, 2012
Tonight the part of Republican candidate will apparently be played by David Gregory.—
Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) October 01, 2012
Any idea of GOP bias wasn’t helped when Gregory mistakenly referred to “President Romney.”
Conservatives, on the other hand, saw a debate between Brown and a tag-team of Gregory and Warren.
So how's the Scott Brown – David Gregory debate going?—
David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 01, 2012
Scott Brown is doing a good job debating Elizabeth Warren and David Gregory.—
DrewM (@DrewMTips) October 01, 2012
So is David Gregory debating on behalf of Warren or is she going to play a part in this debate too?—
AG (@AG_Conservative) October 01, 2012
While managing to avoid state politics almost completely, Gregory concluded by asking each candidate to say something nice about the other, a closing which left viewers with not much nice to say about the moderator.
David Gregory–the Boston Red Sox of political debate moderation.—
Michael Busch (@michaelkbusch) October 02, 2012
David Gregory should never be allowed to moderate a debate-EVER.—
dontcallmemissy (@melknepp) October 02, 2012