Friday, June 13, 2008
Proof that Friday the 13th sucks. Iconic and legendary journalist Tim Russert, whose hard-hitting, rapid-fire questioning on Meet the Press made him stand above other political reporters, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 58.
Where most TV news today is pure drek, Russert's show elevated discourse above soundbites and cut to the heart of the issues. He pressed his subjects to get answers, made them squirm and it wasn't gimmicky like Chris Matthews, Tucker Carlson or a bunch of those dandified posers. He was the real deal: a no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes kind of reporter who showed no biases and became the consummate professional both on-air and off-air.
In an age when most reporters and political commentators are talking heads with nothing between their ears, Russert was intelligent and insightful. His professionalism and style will be missed.