We’ve Only Begun to Miss Tim Russert
I was zipping around the Internet and bopping in and out of my e-mail when a Yahoo headline hit me in the face: “Tim Russert dies.”
I clicked on the news story and couldn’t believe it. I still don’t.
Russert’s passing at age 58 is a national catastrophe.
Look out politicians. Beware business folks.
In this GOTCHA! world, the goo-goos are gonna getcha.
Memories of Tim Russert
The last time I spent quality time with Russert was watching him on May 20, the night of the final major primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. He was pumped, bubbling with enthusiasm, his eyes shining. My God he loved politics! And how he loved his job(s)—moderator of “Meet the Press,” chief of the NBC News Washington Bureau and VP of NBC News.
Russert had two qualities unmatched in television journalism:
1. His incredible knowledge and foresight. Who can ever forget Election Day 2000, when he announced the three states that would determine the outcome. Whereupon he held up sign on which was scrawled:
2. He brilliantly articulated the political process. Tim Russert had no agenda and played no favorites. Process and results were everything. With all other newscasters and talking heads, you can smell their biases, prejudices and nastiness right through the TV screen.
Rival network CBS so revered Russert that it took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to mourn his passing. (See illustration below.)
The Bad Stuff Coming
Dirt—and Gotcha! tactics—are already beginning to fly thanks to the goo-goos, those “Good Government” reformers who first surfaced at the end of the 19th century. Today’s goo-goos spread outrageous stories to further their own agendas while hiding behind anonymous Web sites, network news and talk shows.
Who can forget Michelle Obama’s line, “And let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country”?