Tim Russert, RIP

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Wow. What a shocker.

Always struck me as tough and fair. One of the better interviewers in broadcast journalism.

Rest in peace.

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30 Responses to “Tim Russert, RIP”

  1. #1 |  claude | 

    Wow. RIP, Tim
    :(

  2. #2 |  jwh | 

    I agree. He was one of the better ones.

    That said, it still never ceases to amaze me that the vast, vast majority of media types who make the transition from political walks of life are moving from the Democrat circles (and Russert was one of those), and they continue to try to claim that there’s no political bias in what they do……..

  3. #3 |  Bryan | 

    Its a real loss. He was the best.

  4. #4 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Didn’t like Meet the Press, but nothing against the man.

    Condolences to the Russert family & friends.

  5. #5 |  James D | 

    Pretty sad. As someone who has become cynical of most journalist and media as being too biased (one way or another), I always thought he came across as a pretty honest and fair guy. I didn’t think he was even that old ….

    jwh, I usually agree that the majority of major media is extremely liberally biased (watching them fawn over Obama has been sickening), but I have to give Russert his due. In this day and age, he was pretty fair. I’ll miss him.

    Now, is someone making sure John Stossel is eating healthy? THAT would really depress me.

  6. #6 |  Danno49 | 

    Godspeed, Mr. Russert.

    Resquiat In Pace

  7. #7 |  UCrawford | 

    I liked Russert and it’s sad that he died relatively young, and after hearing of his passing, one thing kept running over and over in my head.

    Why couldn’t it have been Lou Dobbs?

  8. #8 |  Edintally | 

    Just walked in the library and saw it on TV. Sucks.

  9. #9 |  Pat | 

    May he rest in peace, but he softballed Democrats for years until the new media came along. He was a liberal and fronted his coverage for democrats. He was not fair and tough.

  10. #10 |  MikeL | 

    May he rest in peace, but he softballed Republicans for years.

    Granted, he also softballed Democrats too, which probably has alot to do with why he scored the big interviews – his subjects knew they could count on mostly softball questions.

    But this is a condolences thread, so I think I’ll just let that go.

    Condolences to his family, and may he rest in peace.

  11. #11 |  TomMil | 

    Wow that’s all I can say ====== To soon to say what I think/

  12. #12 |  Tokin42 | 

    #7

    That gets a big thumbs up.

  13. #13 |  Pat | 

    He did not softball Republicans. Look up his resume and you’ll see he was operative for democrats. I watched MTP for years and anyone with any objectivity knew he liked being a liberal. Sometimes, it is what it is, and all the b.s. and rewrite of history can’t change it. Kind of like this site. All the b.s. about liberty and justice is nice, but what this really is, is an anti Bush, pro liberal site.

  14. #14 |  Greg N. | 

    Pat,

    Wha…wha…WHAT?

  15. #15 |  UCrawford | 

    Pat,

    All the b.s. about liberty and justice is nice, but what this really is, is an anti Bush, pro liberal site.

    Oh, really professor? No shit?

    Of course most of the people here hate Bush…he’s one of the worst presidents in U.S. history and anyone who thinks he’s worth defending is a goddamned idiot. So feel free to drag your liberty hating ass back to Stormfront, or Michelle Malkin’s blog, or wherever you and your jagoff pro-Bush buddies go to bullshit yourselves.

  16. #16 |  UCrawford | 

    Tokin42,

    Thanks…honestly, though, it’s exactly what I was thinking. I didn’t always agree with what Russert had to say, but at least he was generally honest and consistent and he wasn’t a scumbag who became a populist for ratings…like Lou Dobbs. There’s a lot to be said for journalists who try to be honest and consistent, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum. So I am sorry that Russert passed away.

  17. #17 |  Chris | 

    For a last minute Father’s Day gift, I have to recommend Russert’s second book “Wisdom of Our Fathers.” It reprints of some of the letters he received in response to the first book he wrote about his dad. This may sound underwhelming especially to the Agitator readership, but it’s actually pretty great, not saccharine like I’m making it sound. Stories about single dads in the 1950s, dads who were traditional and weren’t, even stories about bad dads who ditched out. Honestly a good gift that I got as a new dad and did not even plan to read, but loved.

    To spoil one story from the foreword, Russert got annoyed at his son when he heard that he had gotten a tattoo,but it turns out the tattoo was the letters “TJR”, his dad’s and grandfather’s initials. Anybody who works in DC politics and is still a good enough dad that his son WANTS a tattoo of his initials is OK in my book.

    RIP, Tim.

  18. #18 |  UCrawford | 

    Chris,

    Actually one of my co-workers teared up when she heard that Russert had died because she’d just read his book, “Big Russ and Me” and really thought it was great. It was kind of unusual because she’s not normally that way about people she doesn’t know, but I guess the book really got to her so she had a very opinion of his work as a writer.

    I’d agree with you about the tattoo.

  19. #19 |  UCrawford | 

    Meant “very high opinion of his work as a writer.”

  20. #20 |  e.brown | 

    seriously, why is the death of a talking head newsreader worthy of import? newsreaders no more “matter” or “touch our lives” than TV weathermen or traffic babes do. while we’re at it, why does the agitator ‘comments’ crowd seem to think any criticism of said newsreaders political slant makes that critic a “stormfront pro-bush jagoff”? gee, THAT’S not very fair-minded or intellectually honest: it’s just the same old leftwing enforced mandatory ideological uniformity we find at kos et al. right here at the good ol’ libertarian agitator site! quelle surprise.

    still, the leftwingers now infesting this allegedly libertarian site and disguising themselves are freedom lovers aren’t, like, TOtally without feeling when it comes to newsreader deaths: ’cause it’s really cool and edgy and hip and – y’know – *FUNNY* to wish death upon mean ol’ lou dobbs, the *unauthorized* newsreader. the newsreader the party *disapproves* of. who works on the unauthorized network. the network everyone is instructed to scorn and ignore, whenever they’re not taking part in the mandatory 2 minutes hate against it.

    not that there’s anything wrong with that, from commenters or a site that honestly identifies themself as left-of-center. this isn’t a “my libertarianism is longer and thicker than yours” rant/adieu; it’s more a “disgust at those who hide their true beliefs behind a more acceptable label” rant.

    i’m with pat. i started reading here because balko bravely smashed the heads of dirty cops and corrupt government, and to his credit, he still does. he’s the only legitimate cop-buster guy out there. but lately, the stench of the hypocrisy here has become just too much. “cops are bad and dirty” for not following The Law, but wetbacks are really just people just like us (“they love their children too! oh, sure, they’re not gonna pay taxes to send them to our schools, but still!”), and The Law be damned;
    the aclu is Good and Noble for defending free speech, but michelle malkin and mike medved are assholes for speaking their minds (but not olbermann! never him, strangely enough.); libertarianism is all about the freedom of the individual, but all good libertarians should vote for the racist, (“my granny was a typical white person”; “that’s just how white folks’ll do you”), marxist (“you can’t eat all you want or drive SUV’s. that’s not gonna happen”), statist obama because – even though his record stamps him as the most liberal member of congress, that doesn’t matter, because – he’s all about *change*.

    where’s that sam adams quote when ya need it?

    gee, i sure hope this comment makes it through the (hitherto unknown) “moderation” process. maybe if i’d called bush/malkin/coulter/medved, etc., bad names more frequently?

  21. #21 |  Larry | 

    “There’s been a lot of discussion about the Democrats and the issue of faith and values!” And yes, that’s true, there has been such discussion—among the nation’s pseudo-conservative hacks. But then, Russert has increasingly become a parody of a corporate-selected, multimillionaire mogul. And this is before we consider the bungled discussion he led Wednesday night about Social Security, his favorite topic—the topic on which he has misled the public, and roiled our politics. over the past many years.

  22. #22 |  Danno49 | 

    “All the b.s. about liberty and justice is nice, but what this really is, is an anti Bush, pro liberal site.”

    Actually this site is equal opportunity when it comes to it’s criticism. Any Tom, Douche and Harriet is eligible to have their legs cut out from underneath them. The only real requirement to be put on the shit list here is that you do something that maims the constitution or violates human rights. Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike have all been skewered here and will continue to be, I gather, as long as they keep trampling on people and what they are endowed with by their creator from birth.

  23. #23 |  UCrawford | 

    I like Danno49′s response best, so I’ll revise my rebuttal to Pat to second what Danno said.

  24. #24 |  Danno49 | 

    “seriously, why is the death of a talking head newsreader worthy of import? newsreaders no more ‘matter’ or ‘touch our lives’ than TV weathermen or traffic babes do. while we’re at it, why does the agitator ‘comments’ crowd seem to think any criticism of said newsreaders political slant makes that critic a ‘stormfront pro-bush jagoff’?”

    I kind of think it’s of poor taste to be overly critical of ANYONE who recently passed while the body is still above ground. I mean the guy dies and within minutes people are talking about his fucking politics. Give it a rest for God’s sake and show a little respect for the dead. That’s the only reason I gave a thumbs down to those comments. Normally, I couldn’t give a shit about people’s opinions regarding politics of a political figure. But under the circumstances . . .

    “still, the leftwingers now infesting this allegedly libertarian site and disguising themselves are freedom lovers aren’t, like, TOtally without feeling when it comes to newsreader deaths: ’cause it’s really cool and edgy and hip and – y’know – *FUNNY* to wish death upon mean ol’ lou dobbs, the *unauthorized* newsreader. the newsreader the party *disapproves* of. who works on the unauthorized network. the network everyone is instructed to scorn and ignore, whenever they’re not taking part in the mandatory 2 minutes hate against it.”

    Sure the Dobbs comment was not in the best taste but so what? I’m sure it wasn’t meant in the spirit you seem to think it was. You seem to have some sort of clairvoyance, e.brown. Care to share your secret? Really, anyone who can put their finger on the people who comment on this site and assign them all one type of consciousness certainly has a gift. Or delusion. All in the eye of the beholder, my friend.

  25. #25 |  Danno49 | 

    Sorry . . . error correction:

    Normally, I couldn’t give a shit about people’s opinions regarding politics of a political figure.

    should have read:

    Normally, I couldn’t give a shit about people’s opinions regarding politics of a public figure.

  26. #26 |  Pat | 

    I didn’t knock Russert, I just called a spade a spade. He was a liberal Northeasterner and he knew it. He worked for Mario Cuomo and was proud of it. While VP of news at NBC he was on the air breathlessly 4 days in a row discussing the Bush DWI arrest just before the 2000 election. That coverage was slanted and timed to influence the election, and it probably worked. He was in on the decision to call Florida before the polls closed in the central time zone. That broke all the “rules” the networks had used for years and was done to help Al Gore win in 2000.
    When I was growing up the blue and red states were reversed. When Gerald Ford won Nebraska in 1976 it was colored blue. Russert was in on the change because red meant being a commie.

  27. #27 |  Matt Moore | 

    Pat – Your idea that anti-Bush == liberal makes it very hard to take any of your others ideas seriously.

  28. #28 |  Trader7 | 

    Apologies in advance, I must speak ill of the dead.

    Yes Tim seemed like a nice guy. If he was your neighbor and he was having a barbecue, he would surely invite you over.

    But he was a shill for the state. He loved the dirty and dishonest business that is politics, and thus was steeped in the filth that soils anyone that comes in contact with that process.

  29. #29 |  Danno49 | 

    To whomever gave me thumbs down on my first post in this thread . . .

    Do you know what I wrote means in Latin? And if you do, why would you give that thumbs down? I am just curious . . . even if you are an atheist that’s kind of weak to shoot down someone’s well wishes for the dead.

  30. #30 |  Zeb | 

    This site has a distinct (and understandable) bias in favor of bacon.

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