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RIP Tim Russert">RIP Tim Russert

Tim Russert was a great journalist, broadcaster and political commentator. His work and legacy will live on and he will be missed.

The news of Tim Russert’s death hit me like a ton of bricks. I loaded up a new browser win­dow and saw his face at the top of and I thought I saw the word “dies” as the page was exit­ing to what­ever des­ti­na­tion I clicked. I had to click back, only to see it was true.

Twit­ter, unsur­pris­ingly was all over the news. It is an inter­est­ing phe­nom­e­non, watch­ing peo­ple react to shock­ing news simul­ta­ne­ously. I also think the somber, shocked and dis­mayed reac­tions speak to Russert’s char­ac­ter as a jour­nal­ist and broad­caster to peo­ple all over the world and all over the polit­i­cal spectrum.

Tim Russert was a great jour­nal­ist, broad­cast and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. His work and legacy will live on and he will be missed.

I try not to write much about pol­i­tics on this blog (it isn’t really the venue), but I am deeply, deeply inter­ested in world affairs and I’m kind of sucked into the entire Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem (even though I crit­i­cize it fre­quently). For me, Tim Russert, Meet the Press and Sun­day morn­ings have been a sta­ple of my weekly rou­tine for prob­a­bly 15 years. I was nine or ten when I first started to really get inter­ested in pol­i­tics, and Meet the Press was always some­thing I either watched (or later lis­tened to via podcast).

Russert was one of the last jour­nal­ists from the Murrow/Cronkite school of jour­nal­ism; he didn’t mas­quer­ade opin­ion as news and he didn’t let his per­sonal pol­i­tics obscure his abil­ity to inter­view or go after the truth in a story. He was a gen­tle­man, a fam­ily man and a com­fort­ing voice. He was also hella smart as a polit­i­cal ana­lyst. He was able to iden­tify the key states needed for elec­toral vic­tory in 2000 and 2004, and I’m sure his 2008 pre­dic­tions will be spot-on as well.

As we approach a truly his­toric elec­tion, it is sober­ing that his voice will not con­tinue to nar­rate the cov­er­age and events.

He will truly, truly be missed.

My favorite Russert moment was prob­a­bly his guest spot on “Homi­cide: Life on the Street”, which to me is one of the great­est tele­vi­sion pro­grams of all time and second-only to “The Wire” as the great­est drama of the last 25 years.

So here is a pic­ture of Russert from that episode (“The Old and the Dead”):

NBC’s Tim Russert

Tim Russert 1950 — 2008, RIP


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Jon Moss said:

Thank you for putting into words what many of us are thinking.

Posted on: June 13, 2008 at 5:11 pmQuote this Comment
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oates said:

Of one thing I am cer­tain, the body is not the mea­sure of heal­ing — peace is the measure.

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