Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert Dies Today at 58

9 comments:

Je ne regrette rien said...

Heartbreaking. Unusual for a prominent media figure to live a life of personal and professional integrity of this measure. In my opinion ... a true loss for his family, his colleagues and his nation.

Utah Savage said...

JNRR, your words make real for me what I can't believe. Oddly I feel I have lost a beloved family member. Numb, until I saw your face and read your words, and now I'm sobbing. Thank you for coming to comfort.

Ghost Dansing said...

Tom Brokaw made an announcement......

Je ne regrette rien said...

U.S.-so many of us welcomed him into our homes weekly, trusted his judgement and insight, and found ourselves educated by his grasp of his material and knowledge of his guests. He conducted himself ethically and was dedicated to his family. So in some small way, he did become an extended member of his family. I know how you feel. I'm there, too.

Naj said...

This will surely change the landscape of this election. No one paid attention to CNN crap on Sundays ...

I am leaving my loving husband in two weeks; and one of the things I thought I would miss most about our life was that we snuggled together, or had breakfast in bed on Sundays to watch Meet The Press ...

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Tim Russert was fair interviwer who kept his own biases out of it. Compared to all that crap on Fox, how refreshing, huh?

Stella said...

Full story

Unconventional Conventionist said...

My opinion will prove unpopular, but here goes anyway.

Tim Russert was a jerk IMO. He was a voice for war. He helped to out Valerie Plame, and lied about it. His journalistic standard, to which he himself said, was to have all conversations off the record, unless he specifically asked the source to go on record.

And the primary debates? Hardly a shred of decency whenever he moderated. All about flag lapels and other buffoonery.

Just because he died does not erase his chump factor.

Utah Savage said...

UC, my friend Nick, the history professor, feels the same way you do. Intellectually, rationally, I do too. He bought the phony intel about nuclear weapons and gave Bush a pass. He has done so much shitty reporting and interviewing I can't remember it all. I have no idea really why his death hit me so hard, unless it was his.... What. His standing as mentor, mythic father, good son. Maybe it was the stories about him in the hours following his collapse and death that got to me. Grief is sometimes so irrational. But yes, intellectually I know you're right. But emotionally, I can't think of him or see his face or hear his voice now that I don't start leaking tears. Go figure.