If newsmaker Rick Warren is your guest, shouldn't you ask him relevant questions?

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Warren took a star turn on Meet the Press over the weekend for a Thanksgiving-flavored MTP. But host David Gregory didn't press the news-making (i.e. political) pastors on many topics. And specifically, Gregory never asked Warren about his previous association with a rabidly anti-gay Uganda minister who's been making headlines.

As Newsweek noted on Sunday:

Now Warren's on the defensive again, this time for his affiliation with Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor who has endorsed proposed legislation in Uganda that makes certain homosexual acts punishable by life in prison or even, in some cases, death. Ssempa has made appearances at Saddleback and has been embraced warmly by Warren and his wife, Kay.

Newsweek clearly spotted the news swirling around Warren this weekend, Why didn't Gregory? Asks Mediaite's Michael Triplett:

So why no Uganda questions from Gregory? You have the heir to Billy Graham's bully pulpit on your show for over 20 minutes, and not a single question about why he works with leaders in Uganda who support the death penalty for gay people as part of AIDS reduction efforts?

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