Veteran journalist and former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory recently told The Church Boys podcast that he believes there's a liberal bias in the media, detailing a number of additional inclinations that he also sees in the mainstream press.
"I think there's liberal bias in the media, but I always add to that: I don't think it's that simple," said Gregory, author of the new book "How's Your Faith." "It's not just about a liberal bias."
He continued, "It is about a bias toward conflict, it is sometimes geographic bias, it's sometimes cultural bias, sometimes it's secular bias."
[sharequote align="center"]"I think there's liberal bias in the media."[/sharequote]
Listen to Gregory discuss media bias below (interview starts at the 56:30 mark):
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Gregory, who confirmed reports that he had indeed made similar assertions about bias during an off-the-record speech earlier this year, spoke earlier in the interview about his disagreement with the "off-base" way in which some media covered President George W. Bush's faith.
When the former president said that he appealed to a "higher father" when considering actions to take in Iraq, Gregory said that many people "freaked out" and got it wrong, explaining that people of faith understood that Bush was simply appealing to God for comfort and guidance.
[sharequote align="center"]"It is about a bias toward conflict … sometimes geographic bias, it's sometimes cultural bias…"[/sharequote]
Gregory said that it's important to explore different areas of focus to improve the current state of faith and religion coverage.
"We can have a broader discussion about faith in public life that does not revolve around really hot-button policy issues," he said.
Gregory, who has had a long career in political reporting, also weighed in on Donald Trump's prevalence in the polls, Hillary Clinton's email scandal and a plethora of other subjects pertaining to the 2016 presidential election.
Discussing Trump, Gregory said he's "amused, but then concerned," and said he found it fascinating that the business mogul is the current Republican Party frontrunner.
"I think it's just unbelievable that the party, after losing, said, 'You know, what we need to do is avoid another spectacle, so let's limit the number of debates and change the nomination process ... and now look what they've got," Gregory said. "I describe him as the Roman candle that will burn out."
[sharequote align="center"]"I describe [Trump] as the Roman candle that will burn out."[/sharequote]
As for Clinton's email scandal, he said, "She made a decision to wipe her server. It was just not a good call, so she's now had to apologize for that, so this thing keeps getting fueled."
In the first part of his interview with The Church Boys, Gregory shared the "provocative" question that Bush once asked him, and the reporter detailed his personal faith journey. Listen to the interview below:
Find out more about Gregory's new book, "How's Your Faith" here.