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Tim Russert


I'm so glad that Josh Marshall and the folks at TPM captured Chuck Todd's tribute to his boss this afternoon and put it online, because of all the words of tribute spoken today about the late Tim Russert, I found these by far the most moving:

I watched this segment while sitting in my office this afternoon, and afterwards, what I'd been working on suddenly seemed so trivial. I finished up an email, and then headed home a little early to see my family, but especially my young son.

Our condolences to the Russert family and to his colleagues and friends. He will be in all of our thoughts this Father's Day weekend.

 

Comments
jsh1120:

Mark,

Thanks so much for posting this. I'd missed Chuck Todd's comments yesterday in the avalanche of tributes to Russert. And since I have great respect for Todd and knew that Russert was responsible for bringing him to NBC News and promoting him to "politcal director" at such a young age, I was especially interested in what he had to say.

Russert has many legacies, but none, imo, is more worth noting than the fact that he gave us Chuck Todd.

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kingsbridge77:

America has lost a great Obama supporter.

Rest in peace.

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skibum1981:

The notion that Russert was an Obama supporter is absurd.

Russert was fair and tough. He asked the tough questions regardless if his guests' position on the political spectrum, and he did it with civility -- a very delicate balance. He certainly will be missed...

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kingsbridge77:

Russert was fair and tough. He asked the tough questions regardless if his guests' position on the political spectrum

Russert's appearance in the October 30, '07 debate was so bad that the NY Times reported this year, "Mr. Russert has frequently been accused of being too hard on Mrs. Clinton, including in a debate he hosted this year."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/us/politics/03rivals.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

Also, in a recent show debating whether or not Clinton had been victim fo sexism, Russert invited 6 anti=Clinton hacks to give their opinions, with Ruth Marcus being the supposed "Clinton-friendly" guest.

Why didn't he invite Joan Walsh from Salon? Or Marie Cocco, who would have eaten Russert alive, from the Washington Post?

The Daily Howler had this to say:

Russert assembled a jury of six angry scribblers to conduct a wilding of Clinton. "The Parson," Jon Meacham was on the scene; so were two of Russert"s own tribe. (Maureen Dowd/Doris Kearns Goodwin.)

http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh052908.shtml

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Patrick:

I respected Tim Russert immensely and was a regular viewer of his - until, that is, this year. Tim, unfortunately, was very biased toward Obama and against Clinton this primary season, both in his daily coverage and most especially in the debate he moderated. It was so obvious, it was even spoofed on SNL on his own network! He asked Clinton much harder, more specific questions and lobbed "softball" questions at Obama. Like so many Clinton supporters (especially women) across the country, I had decided never to watch him again. It's really too bad that that was the last memories we'll have of him. But hopefully Clinton's campaign - and the conversation it's started - will help future female candidates not be subjected to such overt sexism and unfair media coverage.

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richard pollara:

It seemed pretty obvious to me that Russert, both in his position as moderator and as the head of NBC News, had crossed the line into advocacy journalism. In the same way that he could not hide his love for the Buffalo Bills, he could not disguise his dislike of the Clinton's. It is unfortunate because I have respected his work and set my clock by MTP for as long as I can remember. Russert was an immense talent who had the ability to make MTP both the NYT of Sunday morning talk and the NFL pregame show. But I will remember Russert more for the way he and MSNBC eviscerated Mrs. Clinton than for his huge body of great work. Perhaps in a rush to compete for ratings with "Fair and Balanced" the corporation decided that the best way to attract young viewers was to latch on to Obama. Maybe so but I think they lost a whole lot of Clinton supporters in process. It will be interesting to see the direction MTP and NBC News takes going forward.

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RS:

To Hillarycrats:
Tim Russert just died. But you are already - virtually - dancing on his grave.
Very classy.

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kingsbridge77:

And if George W. Bush had just died, I
'd be reminding you about his lies about WMD.

See, journalists are very careful not to be critical of people that just died. But I am not, because I don't have to be worried about boycotts and nastry emails.

Russert was not a God, which is the impression given by his buddies from the mainstream media.

With this said, rest in peace, Tim Russert.

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skibum1981:

These comments are a disgrace.

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Andrew_in_California:

If George Stephanopolis died I would not remind you that he moderated a debate and gave her pansy questions on his second rate show.

Last I checked journalists like Russert were still allowed to vote, he still asked tough questions on his interview. You don't have to be hated to be objective in an interview.

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