The Corner

David Gregory Meet James O’Keefe

It appears as if NBC’s David Gregory decided to brandish a high capacity magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” even though NBC was informed it would be illegal to possess such a magazine within the District of Columbia, where MTP is filmed.  The D.C. police are now investigating.  Howard Kurtz dismisses the legal concerns.   Gregory may have violated the law, but he was just engaged in a media stunt.  ”I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes,” Kurtz writes — no crimes other than violating D.C.’s gun laws that is.  But who cares if it was illegal, it was good TV!  Tell that to James O’Keefe who, Kurtz may recall, was prosecuted for his own legal indiscretions when trying to film some stunts of his own.  Prosecutors wisely allowed O’Keefe to plea to a minor charge, but he wasn’t let off the hook just because he was attempting act of journalism.  Why should David Gregory and his NBC colleagues be held to a different standard?

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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