47 comments

  1. Very sad.

    I’ve always respected Russert because he never let his political leanings show(I don’t even know what they where). Everyone got tough questions from Tim Russert.

  2. SpaceyG says:

    Yes, he was so much someone in political news coverage who was just “always there.” This unexpected loss is deeply felt by all political news junkies.

  3. SpaceyG says:

    Russert came from politics and had worked in his earlier career for Moynihan and Mario Cuomo. He ALWAYS fully disclosed this too if he ever felt that it might be cause for concern or become an issue. He was an honest and fully open and transparent news person, despite having come from politics.

  4. rptrcub says:

    I wish I could summon the snark but I just can’t, probably because of my home training not to speak ill of the recently departed. Light a candle.

  5. ACConservative says:

    He made everyone in political reporting look like a minor leaguer. No one did more in depth research, no one asked more pertinent questions, no one cared as much about their work.

  6. albert says:

    This is definitely a sad day for quality political repoeting. Always enjoyed Russert. He left big shoes to fill.

  7. I Am Jacks Post says:

    ” . . . democrat at the core.”

    GOP Peach, please, I beg of you, you tasteless piece of crap. Go play in the traffic. Please.

    You are a disgusting person and you’ve not been missed.

  8. boyreporter says:

    I agree, IAJP. GOPeach and those like him who can’t resist a political jab no matter the circumstance or context have no decency. In this case, the offending poster’s political philosophy (?) and personal shittiness appear to coincide exactly and appropriately.

  9. voice of reason says:

    “I guest this would make him a democrat at the core.”

    Good people need to remember, honor, and be respectful of good people at the time of their death. You can have opposing political opinions and still be a good person and respect the other’s opinion.

    Party politics are not at issue. Pray for his family during their difficult time.

  10. boyreporter says:

    I agree, IAJP. GOPeach and those like him who can’t resist a political jab no matter the circumstance or context have no decency. In this case, the offending poster’s political philosophy (?) and personal absence of class appear to coincide exactly and appropriately.

  11. drjay says:

    what you just said –is equally uncalled for little boy—80% of the posters–buzz, doug, bill, all conservtaives and gop’s saying kind things–one crazy says something that we all agree is uncalled for and you have to bring up exactly the partisanship we all agree has no place on this thread–strong work…

  12. Icarus says:

    One of the things I liked most about Russert was when he chose to show his true human side, specifically with “Big Russ and Me” and his follow up book “Wisdom of Our Fathers”.

    Even more sad that he left us a few days before Father’s Day. 58 is too young.

  13. shep1975 says:

    Good point Icarus. I never read the books, but I saw several of his intervewis while he was promoting them. He really made you feel like part of his family by opening up his family. Sean Hannity did a great interview with him on “Wisdom.”

    At least he had spent most of his last days vacationing with his family. The story says he and his wife had just came back after taking their son to Italy to celebrate his graduation from Boston College.

    I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about him. It’s a real loss to journalism.

  14. Doug Deal says:

    I think the appropraite response is to ignore posts like Peach and Boy on threads like this.

    It’s about remembering Tim Russert, a good and decent man, not those two goons.

  15. Demonbeck says:

    How long do we need to wait to blame this on Bush and use his death as a reason to get out of Iraq?

  16. GOPeach says:

    I was just pointing out the fact that Moynihan and Mario Cuomo were where he came from and that would seem to make him lean ( in his personal life “core”) MAYBE … to the left.

    I thought he was a good journalist as well. I did not KNOW him so I am not pretending to a sense of personal loss. My prayers go out to his family because I know they are hurting.

  17. GOPeach says:

    Just realized we already had this book – “Wisdom of Our Fathers” ….. and I have actually read some of it…..

    In the book, Tim Russert wrote of people having to FORGIVE their fathers…. I think this is a huge part of what is wrong in the world today…

    In fact, in my years of family counseling, the #1 issue that keeps people back in life is having deep unresolved issues with their FATHERS…

    I hope this Father’s Day, FORGIVENESS prevails.

  18. SpaceyG says:

    Actually, Brian Williams reporting from under some fighter jets on some military runway in Afghanistan said Russert had worked for Andrew Cuomo, not Mario.

  19. SpaceyG says:

    Never thought I’d be in the position of defending GOPeach, but we’re so tuned to immediately “go partisan” on this blog that it’s sometimes hard to turn it off when we need to. And the comment I posted about Russert’s (partisan) political roots DID kinda tempt a partisan-esque response. My bad too. I forgive GOPeach for rising to the typical, predictable SpaceBait.

  20. boyreporter says:

    Oh, come on Spacey. Love you girl, but you are bending over backward to find something good to say about bent people, people like GOPeach who gave us Bush and Iraq and…oh, the list is so long. These idiots need to be confronted, not comforted. “Going partisan” is sometimes just pointing out the truth when these knuckle-draggers claim to be playing nice while they’re really just going through the motions. I don’t want to hear (okay, read) Bushies emoting over Tim Russert when they’d sell the First Amendment down the river at the first opportunity.

  21. GOPeach says:

    Thank you Spacey G. –

    Even though there are obvious differences in our views at times, it is quite refreshing to have a front -page poster have the social grace and decency to think the best of someone.

    Perhaps some of the PP boys can discover some Wisdom of their Fathers and be nice for a CHANGE! ….

    Oh but… maybe they will think that “CHANGE” is another “political jab”. Lord help us all.

  22. boyreporter says:

    Couldn’t help yourself, could you, GOPeach? Can’t even say thanks without going to the faults of others. Oh, those itches do like to be scratched!

  23. debbie0040 says:

    Russert was one of the few in the mainstream media that I actually liked and that I thought really tried hard to be impartial. The thing about Russert is that he was so fair that you really could not tell where his political leanings were … That is what made him so good at his job.

    I even started watching “Meet the Depressed” again because of Russert.

  24. GOPeach says:

    Debbie –

    We all have our bias, but it’s nice to see someone TRY to conceal it and just do a job. I am really enjoying. ” Wisdom of Our Fathers” – an immortal contribution.

  25. boyreporter says:

    “Russert was one of the few in the mainstream media that I actually liked and that I thought really tried hard to be impartial.”

    That’s really sad, and ignorant. If you righties who constantly deride the “mainstream press” could be a fly on the wall during the often excruciation process that precedes publication of a news story (newspapers, TV, radio, but not necessarily cable), you would be astounded at the lengths reporters and editors go to to be accurate and fair. It’s tough to meet deadlines and face daily competition from news outlets other than your own, and the first thing that would set you apart — to your detriment — would be to have an axe to grind. Debbie and GOPeach and others with mistrust as middle names couldn’t hold up to the standards of network TV news and most major city newspapers. You just don’t understand the process and apparently are so comfortable with your prejudices that you’d rather not try. Ask yourself how long a reporter or editor would last with an agenda? It’s hard to put one’s biases (yes, we develop them as we live) aside, but it is done every single day by professional journalists, hard-workers who don’t deserve your snide, dismissive remarks.

  26. Bill Simon says:

    Boy,

    You said this: “That’s really sad, and ignorant. If you righties who constantly deride the “mainstream press” could be a fly on the wall during the often excruciation process that precedes publication of a news story ”

    Yeah…just like they did on the infamous Dan Rather case. Good “vetting” went on there, eh?

    STOP threadjacking, Boy, with falsehoods.

  27. boyreporter says:

    First, there’s a lot more to that story and its controversy than the cartoon that flits through your “mind.” Second, even if there are — and there are — exceptions to a generally goo and noble job, that’s what they are. Exceptions. But that’s got three syllables in it, so you’re still in the dark.

  28. GOPeach says:

    Hey “boy” – Either be a man or get a man.

    This thread is for mature people who are actually remembering the life and contributions of a MAN who was a devoted husband and father….

    That concept will fly right over your head – no doubt!

  29. boyreporter says:

    Hey “GOPuke” — I remember the man and revere his memory and contributions. You rightwing nuts are just trying to find something to sound reasonable about for a change. Must be horrible being you.

  30. GOPeach says:

    A Word to the Wise ( an you know who you are) 🙂

    Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words. Prov. 23:9

  31. boyreporter says:

    Oh, a Bible-thumper on top of it all. Jesus doesn’t love you and your momma dresses you funny.

  32. SpaceyG says:

    Boys, boys, boys. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. I’m gonna go make y’all go out back and cut your own switches you two keep this up any longer.

  33. GOPeach says:

    The thought of hickory switches and dancing around an angry Mama as she lays into brats made me laugh so hard I nearly blew my candle out. Close call.

  34. boyreporter says:

    Oh, yeah, before it gets lost in the shuff, Puke: Your advice to “get a man” says more than you intended about your proclivities (look it up). Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  35. boyreporter says:

    Oh, yeah, before it gets lost in the shuffle, Puke: Your advice to “get a man” says more than you intended about your proclivities (look it up). Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  36. GOPeach says:

    boy ( AKA Urchin)
    Ah – a linguist you are, but a bit tautological ( look it up) and contumelious ( look that up too).

    Don’t make me go Yiddish on you, yingl…. It will be tough to look THAT up, boychik!

  37. BubbaRich says:

    Not looking around at the dirt in here…

    My wife and I met Tim Russert and heard him speak at our local bookstore when we lived in metro DC a couple of years ago. My wife’s not especially political. She really liked Russert from that meeting and seeing him on MtP occasionally.

  38. drjay says:

    i thought the tribute hosted by brokaw yesterday morning was expceptional–based on those pesent to remember him–he was truly loved by his friends and colleagues–which in the end is far more important than any of the political stuff we bounce back and forth on here…

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