MSNBC’s Tim Russert Passes Away

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From MSNBC

WASHINGTON – Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after being stricken at the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed, the network said.

His principled and effective journalism will be missed. A political institution is now gone.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. "The Blonde" says:

    Tim Russert was the most ethical of all journalists.  He was a good man.  I will miss watching him!

  2. Taxosaurus says:

    He looked like Everyman and he asked questions Everyman wanted to ask. God bless him and his family. Forgive him his love of the Buffalo Bills as I hope I might be forgiven for my love of the Broncos. He was a good man, a good Everyman.

    • Skyler says:

      at a debate in New Hampshire that Senator Gravel was participating in.

      I grew up, both physically and politically, watching Tim at the helm of Meet the Press. It was an honor to shake his hand. Tim was friendly, open, and most importantly, he didn’t mind taking a few steps away from his analysis to meet with the likes of me. Tim was the embodiment of journalistic integrity. More importantly, he was the embodiment of the American people every Sunday morning.

  3. Not A Queer Dude says:

    People die everyday. Golly gosh it is really too bad. He died. But so did several kids at a camp in Iowa a couple days ago. And what about the thousands that died last week in China?

    Or the soldiers dying everyday in the sand dunes of Iraq?

    • Skyler says:

      Too bad President Bush, Senator Lieberman, & Senator McCain don’t release statements regarding our soldiers dying in their war.

      Your party made as much as a big deal over this  others.  

    • Miss Ive says:

      Yes, people die everyday. It presents an occasion to comment on their lives. Maybe we should say these things on other occasions but we don’t.

      I think Tim Russert brought exactly the type of discourse we need today: incisive and tough but generous and civil. He improved the political process by bringing more clarity to the issues and people involved.

      I’m terribly sorry about the deaths in Iowa and China, also in Myanmar, Iraq, Darfur, and others throughout the world. I, however, don’t know enough of any of those who died to pay tribute to their lives.  

    • Cartesian Doubt says:

      Passionate yet respectful of differing opinions. Intelligent and articulate in delivery,who spoke to us as equals, not as a lecturer.

      Tragedies happen, there’s no debate there. Most of them happen in places we can’t find on a map, or to people we don’t know. Yes, soliders are dying. I mourn for them daily, and remember those who fight for us. To imply that we choose to mourn one man over any others is disrespectful, and I see no place for that here.

      Me personally, I fell like I’ve lost someone close to me though I’d never had the opportunity to meet him. His death was jarring to me, as I’d looked forward to seeing him on election night as I had others, in a controlled mania, trying to break down the complicated into ideas we laymen can follow.

      Those of us who respect Tim Russert are mourning a loss. Please respect that, and I urge everyone to save their venom for somewhere else.

      • Mr. Toodles says:

        I was driving when I heard the news, and my jaw about hit the floor. He was so passionate about politics that to lose him during this election cycle is double blow. His excitement oozed out of the screen. He will be missed.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Your comment speaks volumes about you.

    • Arvadonian says:

      if you had the same reaction when Reagan dropped dead…

  4. Cartesian Doubt says:

    I believe that he should be remembered as a great interviewer who challenged his guests to an intellectual debate, giving both host and guest an open forum to inform us.

    Tim Russert was a great advocate for the very best of our democratic ideals. His passion for politics was unrivaled, and I don’t see anyone currently on television as being his equal.

    I sincerely hope his passing leads many so-called “pundits” to reevaluate their work ethic and resolve themselves to embrace more of the best qualities Russert brought to our political conversation.

    I feel worse at the passing of Tim Russert than I did of Peter Jennings, another journalist who showed us that the news is more than what some vacuous celebrity is doing. They challenged us to combat our ignorance and demand more integrity from our news, and we cannot fail in that endeavor, lest we fall as a society into an abyss of willful neglect.

    People of that caliber deserve all the praise we can give, and whose legacy we can’t allow to diminish.

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