June 13, 2008

Rest in peace

Tim Russert, dead at 58.

What a terrible shock. My sympathy to his family and friends.

9:45 pm: Edited to add: Melissa covers Tim over at Shakesville. She includes Tom Brokaw's broadcast obit. Poor fellow, he could barely keep it together. My heart goes out to all who loved him.
Love this quip by Melissa:

UPDATE 2: If there is consciousness after death, I am, upon reflection, quite certain that Tim Russert is cursing that he died just in time for the Friday evening news hole—an observation I make with the sort of wry news junky humor that I suspect Russert appreciated.
I read it to Sweetie and he and I both chuckled. Neither of us can think of a better way to go: quickly and doing what you love.

But too soon. Much too soon.


paulrevere said...

Tim Russert was a COMPLETE sell out. He chased Clinton's _ock day in and day out for the entire insanity precipitated by the repukes. He put his career above treason in the Valerie Plame case. For the past seven hell filled years he asked insipid questions to the killers in charge and made millions doing it. Like Buckley, I am glad Russert is gone...one less shill for the liars in charge.

paulrevere said...

Barry Crimmins has an astute take on Timmehz contribution...


paulrevere said...

In completing some figurative loop in my mind here is a piece on Timmeh:

Russert was among the Worst
by Gene Lyons


Like Paris Hilton, many D. C. courtierjournalists are famous largely for being famous.
I once asked a TV news director for a raise. He tried flattery, saying viewers treasured
my poor man’s Andy Rooney act. I scoffed. Then he got real.

“Look,” he said, “we could find a wino under a bridge, buy him a suit, teach him
to read a TelePrompTer and make him a star.” The station was paying all it could.
We parted ways amicably.

Russert was among the worst. Like most, he obsessed over Bill Clinton’s sexual sins,
but handled the Bush administration’s Iraq war propaganda like the Baltimore Catechism:
Memorize, regurgitate. (That sounds a little familiar)

Linda Hirshman nails it in The Nation: “The political leaders who did the best answering
Russert’s questions in the last seven years— Rumsfeld, Cheney and Powell—are the authors
of the most disastrous American foreign policy since Vietnam and maybe since 1776.
The Russert Test was a disaster because it rewarded people willing to lie unabashedly on TV.”
And that’s the truth.

Doubt Nothing...Question Everything