David Gregory suggests Bush 'went out of his way' to follow laws on torture
John Byrne
Published: Friday April 24, 2009

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In a puzzling remark that seems to demonstrate the extent to which the mainstream media tries to "balance" discussions of controversial issues, NBC's David Gregory suggested Thursday that the Bush Administration issued memorandums outlining the torture of detainees out of great respect for the law.

"...Did the Bush administration go out of its way to make sure they were adhering to the law and not crossing over that bridge when it came to getting into torture?" he asked rhetorically.

"At a time when the administration and the President will already be under scrutiny for being tough enough, is this a fight they really want to have?" he remarked earlier. "I would also point you to, if you haven't see this already, the Wall Street Journal editorial page today, which I think raises some really tough points about not only what signal you're sending to the rest of the world, but also to potential terrorists out there, about just what it is that U.S. interrogators would do and not do."

The Journal's editorial page is known as decidedly conservative.

Moreover, in his discussion of the torture memos, Gregory referred to those who'd been tortured as "9/11 prisoners," summarily discounting those who've been captured by the United States, subjected to abusive interrogations and released without charge.

At least one liberal blogger raised eyebrows at Gregory's remarks.

"Can someone tell me what a "9/11 prisoner" is?" wrote constitutional scholar and Salon blogger Glen Greenwald, who first noted Gregory's comments on his blog. "And is there anything less surprising than the fact that Gregory looks to The Wall St. Journal Editorial Page for guidance on such questions?"

Gregory is the moderator of NBC's "Meet The Press."

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