11:46am PT by Erik Hayden
NBC News President Criticizes 'Vindictive,' 'Untrue' Coverage of David Gregory
Deborah Turness, president of NBC News, issued a memo on Thursday reiterating her support of Meet the Press host David Gregory after a recent report claimed the network ordered a "psychological consultant" to interview his friends and family.
"There has been a great deal written about Meet the Press in the past few days, much of it quite ludicrous," Turness wrote in a memo. "I wanted to reach out to reiterate my support for the show and for David, now and into the future, as we work together to evolve the format. Unfortunately, some of the chatter has been vindictive, personal and above all – untrue."
"NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of Meet the Press. He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most," Turness wrote.
On April 20, the Washington Post published a story about Sunday political talk shows with Gregory as the main subject. The story claimed NBC News "undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife."
NBC pushed back against the report, claiming that the network "brought in a brand consultant -- not, as reported, a psychological one -- to better understand how its anchor connects."