Rich Galen

NBC News announced yesterday that David Gregory will be the ninth permanent host of Meet the Press. Gregory has been the chief White House correspondent for NBC having done at least two stints at MSNBC and subbed on the Nightly News and the Today Show.

If you don't think "Meet" has sway read this from the Associated Press: "Meet the Press" dominates the Sunday morning political landscape. During November, it averaged 4.5 million viewers each Sunday. ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos had 3.5 million viewers, CBS' "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer averaged 3.1 million viewers, and "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace had 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

I am a David Gregory fan. I know he'll be a terrific guardian of the franchise.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at