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Tim Russert — We’ll miss you

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Tim Russert died today. He gave journalism a good name. Combining gentleness and toughness, he asked the right questions and persisted till he got straight answers. He was a Mensch.

During the Iowa caucuses, my wife asked to take a photo of him with our daughter. He interrupted a phone call to oblige (see his right hand below). My daughter cried today at his passing. He will be missed.

Tim Russert with daughter

10 Replies to “Tim Russert — We’ll miss you

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    TomRiddle says:

    He was a good man. What just about everyone says about him is that he was tough, but fair.

    I felt that way too. Even though he was on an opposite side of the aisle from me politically, there was no doubt that whether you were a Republican or Democrat, he was going to ask the really tough questions. No “if you were a tree, what would you be” kinds of questions.

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    tribune7 says:

    He was a good guy.

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    toc says:

    He took the opposing view on either side of the aisle, which means he made an effort to know the right questions to ask about the right problems of our time. Of them all, Russert assumed the position of integrity. Would that all journalists do the same.

    Thank you for bringing this honorable man to our attention.

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    Lutepisc says:

    He gave journalism a good name. Combining gentleness and toughness, he asked the right questions and persisted till he got straight answers. He was a Mensch.

    Well said.

    What stands out most vividly in my mind about Tim is the way he ended a broadcast of Meet the Press a couple of years ago. It was Easter Sunday, and he was courageous enough say something like (I can’t say it in as pithy a way as he did), “As a committed Catholic on this day, I cannot help but close this broadcast by saying, ‘Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!’ I wish everyone a happy Easter!”

    Grant him eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on him.

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    Frost122585 says:

    I hated Tim Russert. I thought he was way over rated and made no attempt to give the RNC ANY credit for anything. Sure he was a better person then many but at the end of the day I just look at him as an ideologue of the DNC who abused his national influence for egotistical reasons. I wont miss him.

    I truly apologize to those who might be offended by my view point on this but I just don’t like the delusional goodbyes where everyone feels forced to do a puff piece on a somebody just because they went too young. I do truly feel empathetic and sympathetic for his family, friends and admirers of the three I am none.

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    Frost122585 says:

    oh BTW when I said “Hate” above I definetly meant that in the very loose and common sense- certianly not in the literal one. My differences with him are about style, poltics and the fact that I DONT think he gave equal respect to both sides of the asile. My God rest his soul.

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    DaveScot says:

    Frost – a bit of fatherly advice from someone born on Christmas day 29 years before you. There are times when, if you don’t have anything good to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. This is one of those times.

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    chrisdornan says:

    Thanks for the personal reflections: he will indeed be missed.

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    russ says:

    There are times when, if you don’t have anything good to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. This is one of those times.

    And it is easy to forget that public figures are human beings, not just TV images (I’m pointing a finger at myself here). People say the most outrageous things about famous people that they would never say about them if they happened to live next store. I didn’t share Russert’s politics, but I was willing to assume that he held his views sincerely, and that his biases were rather based on error rather than ill-will.

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    bornagain77 says:

    I sure respected Tim Russert as a man, I saw on TV , where a senator said, “If you were going on his show, you had better do your homework because it was for sure that he had done his”.

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