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Tim Russert dead at 58
« on: 13 Jun 2008, 14:36 »

I am deeply saddened about the untimely death of one of the most beloved newscasters in the United States. Very rarely are there members of the media that garner a near universal respect of politicians and public alike, but he was one. As moderator of Meet the Press, I have watched Tim discuss the issues of the day every week for 15 years, avidly every day. America has lost a giant.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #1 on: 13 Jun 2008, 14:46 »

Oh holy crap. He was only 58. We really did lose a giant. :-(
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #2 on: 13 Jun 2008, 21:34 »

He will truly be missed. He was an incredible journalist.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #3 on: 13 Jun 2008, 21:56 »

Russert was part of a rare breed of journalist who never stooped to sensationalism or partisanship to get ratings. He was always informed and professional every Sunday for almost 20 years. It's a true shame and he will be missed.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #4 on: 13 Jun 2008, 22:18 »

I really couldn't believe this when I heard it

Russert was one of the few "old-style" journalists left. scratch that, he was one of the few journalists left, period, instead of an opinionated blowhard. He was tough, but he was always fair, and never had an agenda to push. I'll miss him and his commentary.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #5 on: 14 Jun 2008, 06:19 »

Russert was always something of a hero of mine. I think since somewhere around the eighth grade, Meet the Press has been one of my favorite shows (and definitely my favorite Sunday poliitical show). I think that his untimely death may actually have significant impact on the political system. He was truly one of the few men who could actually get an answer out of a political figure. Who knows if somebody of his calibur will grow to fill the very real hole he leaves in our political system? I certainly hope so, but with the media the way it is, it seems like a losing game to try to push for unbiased journalism in the manner he did.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #6 on: 14 Jun 2008, 07:54 »

Aw man... I've always had a soft spot for Tim Russert. He reminded me of my favorite social studies teacher from high school. ...Nice way to make me start my day guys, thanks a lot.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #7 on: 14 Jun 2008, 12:09 »

PQ4, I'm terribly sorry that we ruined your day with the news of a man's death. I'm very sorry that you had to hear about a devoted and supportive father, respected journalist and hero to thousands of people dying suddenly at the young age of 58. If there's anything we can do to cheer you up, let us know.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #8 on: 14 Jun 2008, 12:29 »

Tim Russert was a paragon of the journalism trade, especially by today's standards, and he will be sorely missed.  We can only hope that someone with a fraction of his affinity for political journalism can step up to fill his place.  Let's wish ourselves luck, I guess.  Godspeed Mr. Russert.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #9 on: 14 Jun 2008, 13:15 »

If there's anything we can do to cheer you up, let us know.

If you could raise him from the dead, that would be ace.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #10 on: 14 Jun 2008, 23:21 »

I watched some segments on MSNBC about him and his life, and now I am very disappointed that I never caught the show while I could. I had never watched Meet the Press, I'd heard of it before, but had no idea that it was more interview based. Seeing segments from it, I really wish I had. It looked like some actual credible journalism.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #11 on: 15 Jun 2008, 09:11 »

Who?
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #12 on: 15 Jun 2008, 09:42 »

Seriously just use Google before posting in a thread sometimes.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #13 on: 15 Jun 2008, 10:23 »

Not living in North America or knowing a lot about American politics (I only just found out about the Obama thing) I don't know who this dude is. However, having read people's posts I can make a wild guess as to what this guy did and how he went about it. It is almost always a sad thing when a life comes to an end, and even sadder when it is ended earlier than would seem likely. At least the dude will stand as an example of proper journalism, but probably not. Still, it sucks.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #14 on: 15 Jun 2008, 12:01 »

I think he will. He could always get an answer out of politicians, especially when they did/said something silly, and was always fair in debates. There are always those journalists/reporters who people dislike, but he was one of the few I think just about everyone liked. I'm not sure we'll have anyone like him any time soon.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #15 on: 17 Jun 2008, 11:41 »

On Friday I was listening to NPR on the long drive home when they announced his death, and later they played a speech he had given in 2006 that was for...something.  Tears just kept falling as I listened to a great man talk [about the book he'd written] about his father.  Since I was driving home to celebrate Father's Day with my own 58-year-old father, all I could think about was how lucky I am to have him, and how horrible it must be for Russert's son to lose his dad right before Father's Day.

I think this is the right one.
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Re: Tim Russert dead at 58
« Reply #16 on: 18 Jun 2008, 02:59 »

Bo Diddley and Tim Russert in a little more than a week. Fuck you, June '08, and stop stealing my fucking heroes.
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