David Gregory and Mens Rea

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.”

He wasn’t?

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.

2 thoughts on “David Gregory and Mens Rea


  1. I agree with Jonah Goldberg that, no, journalists are not a special protected class. Journalism is not a license for law-breaking.


    • Yes, journalists aren’t and should not be a protected class, but that doesn’t mean that many of them don’t see themselves as special, as better than the uninformed plebs, as wiser than the uncredentialed.

      And as entitled.

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