Moderator David Gregory declared loser of Brown/Warren debate!/SteveHuff/status/252919800483962881

Is there no end to the #NBCFail? David Gregory is being panned from both sides for his “Meet the Press”-style moderation at tonight’s debate between Mass. Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren. In fact, even the word “debate” is up for debate, as Gregory sat down with the two candidates for what he hoped would be a “healthy, cordial exchange.”

I'm seeing both liberal and conservatives in my Twitter feed complain David Gregory is badgering their candidate.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 1, 2012

The Sunday-morning chat show format left Gregory to do a lot of the talking and even more interrupting.

I have NEVER seen any moderator insert himself into the debate to the extent @DavidGregory has. He needs to go to Fox News.

— Milt Shook (@MiltShook) October 1, 2012

Oh. So, you just discovered that David Gregory performs his job inadequately and is somewhat contemptible? Guess you sleep in on Sundays?

— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) October 2, 2012

I have no opinion as to who’s doing better. All I’m sure of is David Gregory is terrible. Overwhelms everything. #masendebate

— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) October 1, 2012

Can't believe David Gregory is moderating this Warren-Brown debate. What a disaster #masen

— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) October 1, 2012

Gregory kicked off the night with a question about Warren’s supposed Native American heritage — the same topic which began the previous #MASEN debate — and asked if Brown’s use of “professor” in referring to Warren was meant as disparaging.

Hey David Gregory, how about asking what Brown and Warren would do for Massachusetts? This is pathetic. #ModeratorFail #MASenDebate

— Zach Green (@140elect) October 1, 2012

I think David Gregory was allowed to prepare for the Boston Herald debate by only looking at Boston Herald front pages. #masendebate

— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) October 1, 2012

david gregory: if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? #notreally #notyetanyway

— Atrios (@Atrios) October 1, 2012

Gregory’s performance was so off-putting that even Warren supporters swore that the NBC hack was batting for the Republican.

People who hate @DavidGregory for clearly favoring Brown should remember that they should also hate him for being a terrible journalist.

— Josh M (@IAmJustJoshing) October 2, 2012

Was David Gregory moderating a debate or rehearsing for a Fox News gig?

— AlinaJo (@ItsAlinaJo) October 2, 2012

Tonight the part of Republican candidate will apparently be played by David Gregory.

— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) October 1, 2012

@SteveHuff "Dufus" is too mild. he was an asshole sexist pig. Strong language but that's my verdict

— zizi2 (@zizii2) October 1, 2012

Any idea of GOP bias wasn’t helped when Gregory mistakenly referred to “President Romney.”

David Gregory slips up and says "President Romney" Oops. Does he have crystal ball? #masendebate

— Erin Smith (@SmithReports) October 1, 2012

@DavidGregory "accidentally" refers to Romney as "President Romney" in asking a debate question to a Rep. debate participant. #PartisanSlip?

— Breaking Nuts! (@BreakingNuts) October 2, 2012

Conservatives, on the other hand, saw a debate between Brown and a tag-team of Gregory and Warren.

Watching CSPAN. #masendebate Scott Brown seems to be debating David Gregory as well. Gregory is a hack.

— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) October 1, 2012

So how's the Scott Brown – David Gregory debate going?

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 1, 2012

Scott Brown is doing a good job debating Elizabeth Warren and David Gregory.

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) October 1, 2012

So is David Gregory debating on behalf of Warren or is she going to play a part in this debate too?

— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 1, 2012

I enjoy how @davidgregory interrupts and contradicts Brown every third word but lets Warren speak uninterrupted for 3 minutes.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) October 1, 2012

Crowd applauds @davidgregory's yeoman work for the DNC. The pattern is he badgers Brown, lets Warren tout her talking points uninterrupted

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) October 1, 2012

has @davidgregory given elizabeth warren a foot massage yet? #masen

— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) October 1, 2012

While managing to avoid state politics almost completely, Gregory concluded by asking each candidate to say something nice about the other, a closing which left viewers with not much nice to say about the moderator.

More witty debate commentary: “@foxjust: I think David Gregory just lost that debate. #MASenate

— Rik Kirkland (@rikthekirk) October 2, 2012

David Gregory should never be allowed to moderate a debate-EVER.

— DancingInTheDownPour (@melknepp) October 2, 2012

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