Friday, June 13, 2008


I'll admit, I don't hold most political journalists nowadays in too high regard. I feel like a lot of them simply don't have either the experience, the gumption or the authority to ask the hard questions and to demand the answers they're paid to get. Especially for about the last seven years.

But Tim Russert did. He was one of the good ones.

You just knew no BS was gonna get past him. Sure, you might be able to snow everyone else all week but come Sunday morning you were gonna get your comeuppance at the hands of the man from Buffalo. The guy knew his stuff. And yours too. And he always did the questioning in such a way that you had no idea where he stood politically, only that he stood for the truth and for integrity. Even though I suppose I always secretly knew he was on my side. And I'm sad he won't get to see what's going to happen this fall.

We'll miss you, Tim.

Go Bills.


Blogger minus five said...

dang. this is the first i've heard about him dying. he's younger than my parents! only by one year, but still. 58?

6:35 PM  
Blogger biggy said...

I only started watching him about a year ago and he was fantastic. I watched him interview Mitt Romney a couple months ago on Meet The Press when he was running for president and it was fantastic. Russert grilled Romney relentlessly about several changes in his positions, but did so in a manner that was refreshingly different than all the other talking heads.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Thanks for posting this nice tribute to my favorite newsman. I was just stunned when your dad called me on Friday afternoon with this sad news. It is such a shock to everyone and, in that vein, one of my favorite lines spoken during the tributes of the weekend was when one of Tim's colleagues said, "We just never thought he'd leave work early, especially during an election year." It's a tough loss.

8:56 AM  

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