In this piece at NRO Mark Steyn quotes NYU professor Jay Rosen as saying that l’affaire Gregory is “the dumbest media story of 2012.” Why? Because, as CNN’s Howard Kurtz breezily put it, everybody knows David Gregory wasn’t “planning to commit any crimes.”
I was under the impression that he knew in advance that possession of the magazine was illegal and that he planned to possess it any way. That sounds like planning to commit a crime to me.
What Messrs. Rosen and Kurtz mean to say is that David Gregory is one of us, and we know that he wasn’t going to do anything to damage our calm, so it would be unjust to hold him to the standards that we want to impose on them.
Gentle Reader, their them is our us.