Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert (1950-2008)

I guess it was about 1:00 p.m. (PDT) today when I heard that Tim Russert, chief of NBC's Washington Bureau, had died suddenly. The news nearly immobilized me! I spent the next several hours sitting teary-eyed in front of the TV watching MSNBC and learning about his life from people mainly in the worlds of news and politics. Why have I been so affected by the death of someone I know only from the television screen?

Because of my own background, I am a bit of a political news junkie. But I am driven to distraction by most political commentators and pundits who seem to be more enamored of their own agendas than they are by learning and sharing what is happening around us in the political world. There are very few outstanding political analysts who find answers without becoming overly adversarial toward those they interview. Tim Russert was among the best; he was a pleasure to watch and I always learned something from him, his guests, and his interview subjects.

Watching analysis of election returns just will not be the same without Russert. In the past 6 months, his Saturday program on MSNBC has provided most of the intelligent discussion I have heard about the presidential primaries. His moderating of Meet the Press always was masterful. His knowledge and incredible good humor seemed to rub off on those around him. Maybe that is why his death feels like losing a member of the family.

Rest in peace Tim! I hope those who follow in your footsteps will demonstrate some of what you offered us. You will be missed!


Bill Cohen said...

Melanie and I associate Mr. Russert with the historic events of the 2000 Presidential Election. His famous white board and careful analysis are signposts at a moment of immense historical importance. His loss to the American punditry is unfathomable and he will be missed dearly this coming November. Thank you for your tribute, Dad.

savannah said...

you weren't alone that day, sugar! i did the very same thing. we've all lost a close and reliable source!

Leon said...

Thanks for stopping bu Savannah. I just went through it all again watching the memorial service on TV. Good memories of someone taken much too soon!