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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




June 2008

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Jon Moss said:

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

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oates said:

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