David Gregory - "You can't talk to me that way, I'll give you such a smack!"

NBC's Prima Dona News Hound, David Gregory had a meltdown today. The following is a transcript diplaying the prissy attitude that made him the clown we all know him to be.

Here is exchange with Scott McClellan during a press conference today. H/t NRO Media Blog.

"Why was the White House relying on a Texas rancher to get the word of Cheney's hunting accident out over the weekend, asked Gregory, accusing McClellan of "ducking and weaving.''

"David, hold on… the cameras aren't on right now,'' McClellan replied. "You can do this later.''

"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,'' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. "Don’t be a jerk to me personally when I’m asking you a serious question.''

"You don't have to yell,'' McClellan said.

"I will yell,'' said Gregory, pointing a finger at McClellan at his dais. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don’t appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that’s wrong."

"Calm down, Dave, calm down,'' said McClellan, remaining calm throughout the exchange.

"I'll calm down when I feel like calming down,'' Gregory said. "You answer the question.'

"I have answered the question,'' said McClellan, who had maintained that the vice president's office was in charge of getting the information out and worked with the ranch owner to do that. "I'm sorry you're getting all riled up about.''

"I am riled up,'' Gregory said, "because you’re not answering the question,''

McClellan insisted he understood that reporters deserve an answer.

"I think you have legitimate questions to ask,'' the press secretary said. "The vice president’s office was the one that took the lead to get this information out… I don’t know what else to tell you... That's my answer.''

Hold on...let me get the US Constitution......

"Flip, flip, flip....." "Let see, Freedom of the Press"....

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

You know, I don't see anything there that says that the White House has a statuatory obligation to notify the press when something happens.

Since when has the White House (or anyone) become answerable to the press? Especially to some namby-pamby, overpaid, blown up and rather annoying choir boy with bad hair?

Does anyone really think that the press response (innuendo and insinuation) would have been any different than if Cheney would have held a press conference from the hospital? Yeah, and Clinton is an honorable man.

You see, the story here isn't Cheney or what the White did or didn't do. Most Americans aren't following the story (except for the really rabid left). The real story is that the press is in a snit, having a regular composure failure. In short, their pissed because the White House told them (as has most of the country by the looks of ratings) to go stuff it.

"Why we never!"

Yeah, we know.

UPDATES: Michelle Malkin on the Village Clown at the Washington Post. Plus this nifty bumper sticker available at Expose the Left.

Which reminds me... Here is a REAL scandal. Nearly 40 years and we still don't have answers. I wonder if Gregory would get to the "bottom" of this?

- Sketch of Mary Jo Kopechne's position in the accident car prepared under the direction of scuba diver John Farrar.

UPDATE: Time Magazine slanders the Corpus Christi Newspaper that got the report:

"Cheney insisted on carrying out a strategy he had worked out with the ranch owner, Katharine Armstrong, in which she was to call a trusted reporter at the local paper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, to disclose the news. Caller-Times Managing Editor Shane Fitzgerald told TIME that the newspaper had done its usual nightly checks with local law enforcement agents on Saturday and had been told nothing was going on. Armstrong started leaving messages at the newspaper at 8 a.m., reached a reporter by 11 a.m. and the newspaper posted its story on the Web at 1:48 p.m. local time Sunday. At 3:34 p.m. eastern time, The Associated Press finally flashed the news: "Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a hunting trip in Texas." Fitzgerald said he is "mystified" about the chain of events and that the public should have been notified much earlier, even if the shooter had been some random guy. Even on Monday, the newspaper struggled to get a copy of the accident report. "I think it has become a bigger deal than Mr. Cheney and/or the White House anticipated," the editor said."

Sheesh! "Yeah, they all work for Cheney!"