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Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 3:58 PM


Gonna be a long dark election season.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.2 - Posts: 1189)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:08 PM

A huge loss. Sunday mornings just won't be the same. I'm very saddened by this news.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:14 PM

Say it isn't so!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:20 PM

Brokaw announced it on MSNBC. He could barely speak. It's probably on the website.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:35 PM

I can't believe Mr. Russert's beloved dad, about whom he wrote, has outlived his son. I'm glad Tim Russert lived to see his own son graduate from college recently. He will be missed by millions.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:36 PM

I was just coming to post on this...a true example of what a newsman should be -

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 4:44 PM

Wonder who will inherit Meet the Press? Can't think of anyone else who has the ... guts.

He sure could hold their feet to the fire.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.9 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 5:15 PM

Only the good die young.

Certain unnamed radio talk show hosts will then, apparently, live forever.

Diva305  (Level: 145.7 - Posts: 1641)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 5:27 PM

Born in Buffalo
Went to Woodstock


Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 5:47 PM

I will miss Tim's ready wit and keen acumen...I record "Meet the Press" each week and watch it on Mondays while ironing.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 8:17 PM

It's so sad. He had such humanity and was so down to earth, made you feel like you could sit and have a cup of coffee with him. A tragedy for his family and for America. His election explanations were superior. Meet the Press will never be the same.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 9:32 PM

I actually cried when I heard this. A newsman with integrity, wit and compassion. I can't imagine anyone else running meet the press like he has. So sad for his family, friends, and America. Scooter Libby's probably thrilled. Not to mention Karl & Dick.

Allena  (Level: 253.6 - Posts: 1388)
Fri, 13th Jun '08 10:43 PM

This a huge loss. He was willing to ask the tough questions to Hillary, Obama and McCain or Bush. You knew he was independent whenever Hillary glared at him.

He attended many receptions (cocktail parties) where the pols feted themselves with lobbyists and contributors. He walked around with a tonic and lime, stone sober and even neglected the food to get the scoop and make contacts. After the event he returned to his office, typed up his notes and finally got a midnight snack and went to bed. He usually had his wife with him smoozing, as well. No one ever questioned his integrity.

There is a story coming dealing with the management shake-up at NBC News. He returned from his vacation in Italy to a fait accompli. We might hear more.

'Meet the Press' will survive ... maybe Katie Couric will return ... maybe Brian Williams or maybe the viewer letters will demand Earl!

I predict an annual remembrance for him for the rest of our lives.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 2:46 AM

Indeed, one of the greatest. He asked the tough questions but he always did it with a smile on his face. If he had favorites, he didn't let it show. A true giant in the field of journalism.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 5:47 AM

Here is something sad. I know Tim Russert and all about his work, he was a great guy. The sad thing is that I haven't watched network news in over 20 years. CNN and FOX. I think my final turn off was Stone Phillips in the Desert Storm reporting and his designer clothing. At least some of CNN's people are regular men and women. There are people around where I live that resemble Candy Crowley and Ed Lavanderia.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 9:57 AM

Salzy said "He asked the tough questions but he always did it with a smile on his face"

That was what made him what he matter what side of the fence you are on. When teaching / learning journalism - this is the man to emulate.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 10:39 AM

He was really...and I mean REALLY...good at what he did. I imagine he was the glue that kept the NBC Washington bureau together. You don't replace that easily.

Does anyone remember the 2000 race when he explained results coming in by using a dry erase marker on a white board? And, he predicted early on it was coming down to Florida.

In a conversation about him this morning, his NBC boss said he was the only guy there who didn't have an agent to negotiate his contract. The only thing he negotiated was a 12-year contract through 2012 to ensure he would cover 4 cycles of Presidential elections.

You can't teach character but you can learn from those who have it.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 12:12 PM

I remember. Florida Florida Florida. It's on my profile, been there since the day I joined.

Anybody remember what a kick he got out of them making the "Homicide: Life on the Street" chararacter Megan Russert his cousin?

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 8:05 PM

In a tawdry age when mediocrity is celebrated , it was refreshing to know there was a journalist with such integrity,attenion to detail, and humanity. There is no replacement.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 9:33 PM

Here it is just four short days later and it's even clearer what a fine human being that Tim Russert was. I enjoyed seeing the tributes and will honestly miss watching him on television Sunday mornings. Far too few journalists had his abilities and integrity. He was one in a million.

Lucimoore  (Level: 181.1 - Posts: 1679)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 9:57 PM


That said it all about Russert. There a nice video of conversation between Matt Lauer and Luke Russert that was filmed I think maybe this morning or yesterday. A shot of Luke at his father's chair (which now belongs to Luke) after the conclusion of Meet the Press yesterday. I throughly enjoyed the interview and saved it for my family to watch. Tim Russert and his wife have raised a fine young man we will see for many years to come.

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