CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Tim Russert

Today was the funeral of an amazing man. Read the AP article: Political leaders pay tribute to TV's Russert

For those who don't know, Tim Russert was the Managing Editor and Moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and "Today." He anchored "The Tim Russert Show" (a weekly interview program on CNBC) and was also a contributing anchor for MSNBC. (Tim Russert also served as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.)

Tim died on Friday the 13th, which was a very unlucky day for all of us. He was a brilliant man and a voice of logic and reason -- things we wish could be true about all those who report any form of news (but perhaps especially political news) to the world.

Here's a typical Tim Russet quote:

"I am for having women in the newsroom and minorities in the newsroom -- I'm all for it. It opens up our eyes and gives us different perspectives. But just as well, let's have people with military experience; let's have people from all walks of life, people from the top-echelon schools but also people from junior colleges and the so-called middling schools -- that's the pageantry of America... You need cultural diversity, you need ideological diversity. You need it."

During his eulogy, Luke Russert (Tim's 22-year-old son) mentioned his father's last speech:

He urged parents to hug their children, politicians to avoid "low tactics," and journalists to practice integrity and honesty.

Great suggestions! Wouldn't it be an amazing world if people would follow this advice?

This is a terrible loss. Just terrible. Many things have been said about Tim since his death, and I'm sure I can't begin to match the eloquence of the hundreds of articles out there -- so I won't even try. (But if you're interested, just google his name. I'm sure you'll hit the jackpot!)

I suppose I should mention that this man is only two years older than I am... (sigh) He was far too young to die...

Tim Russert | 1950 - 2008
Tim Russert:   May 7, 1950 – June 13, 2008

Tags: 2008, death, june-2008

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