Can we please have a diary to share thoughts about Tim?

I don't have much to say here other than I am very sad about Tim Russert's passing away.  We have lost a great one in the field of political journalism.  I would like a place for community members to share there thoughts and rememberances of him.   If you agree, please rec this diary or post a better one.  I don't mind.

Rest in peace Tim Russert.  You were the face of political journalism and you lived a life that we can all aspire too - devoted to family, reaching the top of your profession, all while never forgetting where you came from.

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Sunday mornings won't be the same.

by activatedbybush 2008-06-13 06:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Can we please have a diary to share thoughts a

You might as well use your diary .

by lori 2008-06-13 06:56PM | 0 recs
I can't believe he's dead. How can meet the press

even exist without him? Whose gonna do it? David Gregory?

by Lakrosse 2008-06-13 07:08PM | 0 recs
Maybe Chris Matthews

since Matthews hosts his own show immediately after.

by catfish2 2008-06-13 08:28PM | 0 recs
Sad day.

Very sad day.

Tom Brokow will do Meet the Press this weekend. Maybe he will continue. I hope so.

Chris Matthews is like a big puppy that gets over enthusiastic and turns a lot of people off. Don't know whether he has ADHD, but sometimes he says things spontaneously that people view as sexist or just way off. I personally like him but don't think he is the right person for Meet the Press.

Also Matthews is thinking of running for the Democratic Party nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010 and defeat the Republican incumbent Arlen Specter . He needs a lot of time to prepare for that. Meet the Press may be too much.

by benjaminsp 2008-06-13 09:44PM | 0 recs
I will give money to keep Matthews

out of Washington. He is too abrasive and would get nothing done, thus costing us the seat again in 2016. He also has this irrational Clinton hatred where he would probably try to do anything to prevent Hillary from achieving legislation. I will give money and work for Specter if Fatthews thinks he's gonna represent our coutnry in the senate. We don't need him using his media contacts to smear people.

by Lakrosse 2008-06-13 10:50PM | 0 recs
My money is on David Gregory to take MTP.

Brokaw won't want to do it for very long.

Gregory has already demonstrated to the power elites in D.C. that he's nearly as useful a tool as Russert.

by tbetz 2008-06-13 11:01PM | 0 recs
If he does I hope that Rendell

backs a strong opponent to him in the primary

by activatedbybush 2008-06-15 06:00PM | 0 recs
So sad, and so sudden.

A reminder to all of us that we don't know the day or the hour.

by Travis Stark 2008-06-13 07:13PM | 0 recs
I am sad...sadder than I would have thought. I th

ink it is from a few things.  Some about him. He had a vitality and a passion for life and what I saw most politics.  When Barack Obama won the nomination  Russert said with a big smile and incredible passion that he wished he was an intercity teacher the next day.  He could feel the impact of the nomination.  He had almost the enthusiasm of a child....it was beautiful.

I think some of my sadness is because it triggers some of my own losses over the years and how fleeting life really is.  I am 48 now....58 does not seem very far away.

I also feel for his wife and son and father.  

He will be missed

by Jenai 2008-06-13 07:20PM | 0 recs
Best Interviewer

Also a devoted progressive and former Mario Cuomo aid.  TV journalism lost a giant today.

by Zzyzzy 2008-06-13 08:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Can we please have a diary to share thoughts a

I've never been a huge fan, but it's apprent that he was well loved by his family and friends and no one can deny his success was phenomenal. I really think he would have loved to watch and participate in an Obama election and presidency - I got the sense that he had an idealistic streak. My thoughts are with his family who are no doubt suffering badly.

by xdem 2008-06-13 08:38PM | 0 recs
Enough of the weep-fest.

Tim "everything you tell me is off the record unless we agree otherwise" Russert was the opposite of a journalist.

That the corporate media has now cancelled the news to weep for his loss only points out yet again how little involved they are in committing actual journalism.

We are watching the D.C. Villagers mourning one of their favorite pets, and trying to convince us that what they have to say, what they choose to talk about, is all that is really important.

Don't buy into it.

by tbetz 2008-06-13 10:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Enough of the weep-fest.

Tr'd for a cheap shot at people who are mourning the loss of someone they consider a friend and a mentor as well as for the "favorite pet" remark.

While I may not have liked every single thing the man did, he was fair and he was informed, and that makes him better than 95% of journalists today. The media is poorer by his untimely death.

by JENKINS 2008-06-14 01:36AM | 0 recs
Unless you knew the guy personally...

... you have no business mourning him.  He might have been the nicest guy in the world, but he was an anti-journalist, an enabler of the power elite.

You can TR me all you want, but the corporatist news media's attempt to canonize Dick Cheney's favorite tool sickens me, and it makes speaking out now, while the myth is being spun, even more important.  Had they simply reported his death in a respectable manner, I would also have kept my trap shut.

I will not allow you to bludgeon me into silence with the sorrow of Tim Russert's personal friends.

by tbetz 2008-06-14 01:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Unless you knew the guy personally...

Hyperhole and cliche are the last refuge of those who can't or won't make rational arguements.

I fail to see how you have to personally know someone to mourn them. Does that mean that I can't mourn the 4,000 American and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives lost in this war because I did not personally know them?

Also, please nix the martyr act. I did not try to "bludgeon" you, you're free to say whatever you want as am I.

by JENKINS 2008-06-14 02:33AM | 0 recs
LIFE
life goes fast. its hard to make the good times last.


dont take it for granted. not one day. not one minute.its too valuable to throw away.

by alyssa chaos 2008-06-13 11:21PM | 0 recs
Unless you knew Tim Russert personally...

... you have no business mourning him.  He might have been the nicest guy in the world, but he was an anti-journalist, an enabler of the power elite.

You can TR me all you want, but the corporatist news media's attempt to canonize Dick Cheney's favorite tool sickens me, and it makes speaking out now, while the myth is being spun, even more important.  Had they simply reported his death in a respectable manner, I would also have kept my trap shut.

I will not allow you to bludgeon me into silence with the sorrow of Tim Russert's personal friends.

by tbetz 2008-06-14 01:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Unless you knew Tim Russert personally...

Hyperhole and cliche are the last refuge of those who can't or won't make rational arguements.

I fail to see how you have to personally know someone to mourn them. Does that mean that I can't mourn the 4,000 American and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives lost in this war because I did not personally know them?

Also, please nix the martyr act. I did not try to "bludgeon" you, you're free to say whatever you want as am I.

by JENKINS 2008-06-14 02:35AM | 0 recs
I'm free to say it...

... but you hide it.

If you are not a hypocrite, you will remove the TR you gave me.

by tbetz 2008-06-14 02:46AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm free to say it...

Incorrect. I troll rated it which is not the same thing. I don't hide rate people's comments, no matter how repulsive I find them. I would also be interested in an answer to my question, am I not allowed to mourn for people I did not know personally?

by JENKINS 2008-06-14 03:31AM | 0 recs
You are allowed to mourn whomever you choose

... but if you choose to mourn a dead celebrity  who did more than any single person in the news business to legitimize the Bush-Cheney con job that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings in Iraq, more than four thousand of them fellow Americans; then unless you support that slaughter, yes, I say you have no business doing so.

I prefer to mourn those who deserve mourning.  As far as I am concerned, this well-paid and pampered anti-journalist is not among the deserving.

by tbetz 2008-06-14 11:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Unless you knew Tim Russert personally...

.... an enabler of the power elite?  Yes and also a useful idiot and corporate stooge.  

The sad truth is they will fill his slot with more of the same.   Lets see where can we find another shallow, dim witted, fat booze bag that would blow Dubya if it meant an exclusive .... Chris Matthews!

by dpANDREWS 2008-06-14 02:47AM | 0 recs
RIP Tim

I thought he was a dim witted bloated overrated hack, but even dim witted bloated overrated hacks deserve to RIP.

by dpANDREWS 2008-06-14 02:42AM | 0 recs
Re: RIP Tim
eeshk.


that was wrong.


how can you judge someone you dont even know?
[no shame?]
by alyssa chaos 2008-06-14 02:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Can we please have a diary to share thoughts a

nothing good i can share about Tim

by engels 2008-06-14 04:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Can we please have a diary ...

I saw a bit of an interview with Tim and Big Russ, Tim was talking about seeing JFK in a motorcade when he was 14 and editor of the Junior High paper. His Dad pushed him toward the street and Tim was able to shake Kennedy's hand. It was part of the charm of the man that he was able to convey , in the telling of the story, all the excitement he must have felt at the time. Young Tim wrote about it for his school paper and sent a copy to the White House, and received a written response from Bobby Kennedy. I always liked Tim, he was so enthusiastic it was hard not to 'catch' it. I am 2 years younger, my family was bluecollar, so I shared a similar America growing up.

by Roberta 2008-06-14 05:35AM | 0 recs

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