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Williams Gets the Call for "Meet the Press"

By Howard Kurtz
Six days after Tim Russert's death, his replacement on "Meet the Press" has been named -- at least for this Sunday.

Brian Williams, the NBC anchor and Russert's longtime friend, will fill the moderator's chair for the discussion of presidential politics and whatever else pops up. His guests will be Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

NBC executives, still numbed by Russert's fatal heart attack, haven't turned their attention to finding a successor for the top-rated Sunday show. Some TV critics have suggested Williams, noting that Bob Schieffer spent 18 months anchoring CBS's evening news while hosting "Face the Nation."

Williams, a former White House correspondent, could easily handle the "Meet" job, but the strain of anchoring a New York broadcast and moderating a Washington program on the weekend would be considerable. It's possible he might to do double duty through the election, but unlikely that he would be a permanent successor. Williams was reporting from Afghanistan when Russert died, flew back to New York and was here yesterday to attend Russert's funeral and speak at his memorial service.

By Post Editor  |  June 19, 2008; 3:42 PM ET
 
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Aaron Brown and Chuck Todd

Posted by: Dan | July 6, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

my two choices are:

campbell brown
john roberts

i notice that when they ask a question, they do not accept your answer, they make you explain it. forget brookaw

Posted by: mike | June 30, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

1.Gwen Ifle from NPR

2.Bryant Gumbel

3.Sharon Malveux

Posted by: Wood | June 29, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

GWEN IFILL

Posted by: Doug Allen | June 22, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

What about Lester Holt? Any thoughts?

Posted by: Bryan | June 21, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Greta gets my vote..she should leave those kooks at Fox and join the folks at NBC. She would be terrific.

Posted by: Katiana | June 21, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree Matt would be good

Posted by: ME TOO | June 21, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

AT ABOUT MATT LAUER. HE COULD DO IT HE CAN HANDLE THE TOUGH INTERVIEWS. NOT KATIE OR BRYANT....PLEASE

Posted by: MISSING TIM | June 21, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

If is Chris Matthews I'll never watch tv again

Posted by: Michele | June 21, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Another white guy? I'm disappointed.

Posted by: Linda Morrone Morrone | June 21, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory?!? Absolutely not!
HGTV, or watching lawn grow would be more exciting!

Gwen & Chuck & some former politicos
could guest host for awhile until they see what sticks -
that's what WFAN did after the Don Imus and David Lee Roth fiascos
(And David Gregory bombed there too!)

Let Mario Cuomo host for a week,
Al Gore, Kissinger, Robert Bork.

Have political studies professors take a shot -
introduce some new blood into the dialogue.
Keep the tone civil -
let the guest answer before you inform your guest that he has been hoisted with his own petard

Posted by: We_Miss_U_Tim | June 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

AARON BROWN--He is impartial, respects journalism and has a wry sense of humor.
GENE ROBINSON--The same as above. Maybe a bit warmer.
JEFF TOOBIN--The same as above.
CANDY CROWLEY--The same.
ANDREA MITCHELL--she is impartial.

Posted by: Silvia Pena | June 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ifill would be a good choice, so would be Moyers. I do think Chuck Todd is the logical choice. You need a blend of journalism and politics in this position.

Here's an interesting thought: Amy Holmes.

Posted by: drs | June 21, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Bill Moyers is an actual journalist, unlike hacks like Gregory, Todd, Williams, or any of the other shills mentioned on this list.

If not Moyers, then Jon Stewart. Because he is a comedian, he sees deeper into people than the so-called "serious" but completely sold-out losers like Williams, Todd, Gregory, etc.

It kills me that a comedian on a self described "fake news" show does a better job of exposing the soft underbelly of corruption than the people who are corporate shills but "respected" in the industry.

And when did "news reading" become an "industry?"

Posted by: Repack Rider | June 21, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd wouldn't be a bad choice either. Young and hungry and yet respectful. Has the street cred. That might work.

Posted by: HeartSleeve | June 21, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

They aren't gonna pick venerable old timers like either Brokaw or Moyers for this slot on a permanent basis-- it would be a disservice to the changes and innovations Russert implemented when he took over 17 years ago. Brokaw is 68 and Moyers is 74. C'mon. If Williams decides he can't handle it, despite the cache that comes with that job, thanks to Russert, Gregory or Matthews will probably get it. Although seeing Matthews cut everyone off and blowhard his way thru the interviews would be hard to watch.

Posted by: HeartSleeve | June 21, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd would be the best. At our house we have MSNBC on all the time. When Tim or Chuck Todd would be on for a segment, we always stop what we're doing to come in to watch because we know that we're going to learn something new, see something in a new light, or understand something better. Chuck Todd is the natural choice. I think he would be Tim's choice.

Posted by: Lori Curtiss | June 21, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

While I was watching the memorial service on Wednesday I also thought that Luke Russert might make a good replacement for his father. I know that he's young and lacks the experience, but he's out of college and has probably seen how his father prepared for each broadcast. The way that he has been able to withstand all of the publicity, while obviously grieving, with remarkable composure and humor is a testament to his abilities under pressure.

Posted by: Nancy | June 21, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

David Gregory would be a good choice. Brian Williams has his hands full with the nightly news. Rachael Maddow can take over Race for the White House. It would be a win, win for all of us.

Posted by: wwood in VA | June 21, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

David Gregory would be NBC's best choice. He is a hard-nosed journalist who does not let politicians take the weasel approach. I like the way he hammers Georgie Junior at the White House

Posted by: Bob | June 21, 2008 6:18 AM | Report abuse

It will be hard to watch Meet the Press without Tim but I think David Gregory is the logical choice to host. He has the experience and the personality to make the transition. He always did a good job when he was on MTP. He has the humor and knowledge to keep alive the spirit of the show. I always felt Tim was grooming him for this.

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 21, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I think Chuck Todd is a breath of fresh air. Yes he is the new kid at MSNBC but Russert brought him onboard. He has a unique ability of making sense of the latest political move in a campaign. It is time to move him to center stage and be the host of MTP.

Posted by: michele | June 20, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Through my grief tears, I did a great deal of analyzing to determine who could pick up where Tim left off.

BILL MOYERS is first rate; he knows politics and is a formidable interviewer who does follow-up questions.

Tom Brokaw is best during the interim it will take for arrangements to be made between NBC and Bill Moyers although Bill could ease in to help during our grieving period.

Chuck and all others in the NBC/MSNBC family could easily work with Bill Moyers.

AND I don't think the ratings for MTP would drop with Bill.
He is the best by far.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | June 20, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews can do it. And he's Catholic!

Posted by: incognito | June 20, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

No one can replace the late great Tim Russert. Let's just get that out of the way. In honor of Mr Russert why not have a Meet the Press with rotating moderators. One week its Brian Williams, The next Tom Brokaw, and the following week Chuck Todd, ANdrea Mitchell and so on. The Show is called Meet the press, not "Meet the Moderator" (Tim was the exeption). Also lets hope that NBC Execs reaize that multi-tasking the news, editing, and production, and assigning it to one person is a real recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, Tim's death has made the issue of work/life balance a real problem in this country with 80 plus work weeks and blackberry (crack/crap berries) constantly buzzing.

Posted by: sunnyside 1 | June 20, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I loved Russert, but Meet the Press has become all about our national politics. I would like to see MTP re-introduce international issues as well - famine, oil, nuclear proliferation, international terrorism, global warming, foreign politics, etc.

To avoid the infighting at NBC, the network should introduce some new blood. Bring on Ray Suarez of PBS. I, too, like Gwen Ifill, but she won't be chosen after she called out Russert on his own program during the Imus flap.

But, if not Suarez, Anderson Cooper would be solid.

If the network feels it must stay within the organization, Chuck Todd knows politics - but does he understand issues outside of Washington? Seems like he could learn. Ann Curry has interviewed the President of Sudan about Darfur, President Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto about Pakistan. Certainly she can handle a few Washington pols.

Certainly not AHN-drea Mitchell who is too close to power to be objective. Has anyone ever heard her deliver an original report - something another reporter hasn't already delivered? Plus, she believes the press asked tough questions before this war began. (See her comments during the Q&A at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia, Feb. 2007)

Posted by: Karen | June 20, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Replacing Tim Russert on MTP is going to be next to impossible and anyone taking over immediately will pitted against a legend. Why not use guest moderators for a few months? We'll get used to not seeing Tim and in the mean time tryouts will answer the riddle of who should take over.

Posted by: Bruce | June 20, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd
Kelly O'Donnell
Norah O'Donnell
Chris Wallace

Posted by: kmmt | June 20, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I surprised that Joe Scarborough has not been mentioned. I know what some of you will say he's a republican but did you say that when George Stephanopoulos took over at This Week? The best thing about Russert was his sense of humor and you trusted him. Joe has shown these qualities by being very fair and has built a great show with Morning Joe... anyway just a strong thought and recommendation.

Posted by: JasonG | June 20, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd.....knowledgeable, low keyed....credible...
But please wait awhile....it will never be the same.

Posted by: MA | June 20, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If NBC really wants a worthy successor to Tim Russert than they should look outside the Washington media establishment and go with Dominic Carter, the host of NY1's "Inside City Hall." He's whip smart and a very tough interviewer - I've seen him make both Republicans and Democrats squirm. He hosts a MTP-like show every weeknight here in NY.

Posted by: NYer | June 20, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchell? She can't read a teleprompter and is far from objective especially when it comes to the Clintons.
Chris Matthews? He isn't objective....he has that feeling going down his leg for Obama.
David Gregory? He hasn't been objective since he danced with Karl Rove.
NBC should go to PBS and get some real professionals like Gwen Ifil and Brancaccio and Tavis Smiley.

Posted by: Marie Rutherford | June 20, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchell can't do live TV.....she needs telemprompters....she stutters and stammers. The only time she is concise and exact is when trashing Hillary Clinton. She is not objective.
Brian Williams is a good choice. I have no idea what his politics are.
Keith Obamamann and Eugene Robinson and Chris (I've got a feeling going down my leg) Matthews and Chuckie Todd and David Gregory and Rachel Maddow are all in the tank for Obama so cannot be objective journalists.
Gwen Ifil would be great as would David Brancaccio and Judy Woodruff.
Tavis Smiley would also be great.
David Gregory was a good reporter and journalist until he danced with Karl Rove and then he lost his objectivity.


Posted by: Marie Rutherford | June 20, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

How could all of you be so unimaginative and short-sighted? The real man for the job is, yes, ZOUKIE!!!

Posted by: fan of the zouk meister!!! | June 20, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

These FOX nuts, nobody at FOX is worthy of Meet the Press. I can't belief people in America can listen to FOX the right wing propaganda machine. Rachel Maddow would be great so would Bill Moyers and Keith Olbermann. I couldn't watch David Gregory or Brian Williams they are too soft on the ruling party and won't ask the hard questions. In addition Gwen Ifil, Ray Suarez, Sylvia Poggioli, Bryant Gumbel, Jon King and Eugene Robinson should be considered. If the FOX people like your choice you've made the wrong choice.

Posted by: vaughn | June 20, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

NBC has really a tough choice, I've tried to think who would be most suitable and keep coming up with Bill Schneider CNN.

Posted by: James | June 20, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for David Gregory. Maybe the viewers should get to vote.

Hmmmmm....in this situation WWTJRD??

Posted by: Pam | June 20, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

andrea mitchell has a perpetual frown on her face. and olbermann? ha. he couldn't tone down his norma desmond act long enough.

i think charlie rose is a great idea.

Posted by: Jillie | June 20, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Aaron Brown is a great talent who has long been missed in national TV news. He will never be forgotten for his coverage of 911. If they can't put him in the Meet The Press spot, I wish he could be brought back into the national news world somewhere. How about a replacement for Couric or he can take Brian Williams evening spot and give Brian, Meet the Press. Bring Aaron Back.......

Posted by: Karen | June 20, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Bill Moyers or Aaron Brown. Masters of civility and insight, something in short supply on the airwaves.

Posted by: Martay | June 20, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather see Gwen Ifil as Obama's press secretary.

Posted by: republicanSScareme | June 20, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

How about shocking everyone and hiring a real newsman....BILL MOYERS. Bill is back in town and loaded for bear. He'll keep an eye on Democrats and Republicans. If he's sold out, I haven't seen or heard about it.

Olbermann would be my second choice. All the others you've mentioned are lightweights if not downright idiots. David Gregory comes to mind. Andrea Mitchell? Are you serious? Why not invite Benjamin Netanyahu? Zionist fronts and softball pitchers don't cut it anymore. Tim Russert comes to mind.

How about an honest reporter who isn't carrying water for AIPAC?

Posted by: republicanSScareme | June 20, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Dear All -
After reading all comments, here is a quick summary. If you can retire the show, here are the options:

Top choices:
- Gwen Ifill (independent minded)
- Aaron Brown (well prepared)
- Andrea Mitchel (long history with NBC)

Out of favors
- Brian Williams (Mr. teleprompter, obsessed with his looks)
- Cokie Roberts (Old news)
- Tom Brokowa (Too polite)
- Katie Couric (Burned bridges)
- Bret Hume/Chris Wallace (Already have the same job and failing miserably)
- James Carvel and Mary Matalin (Crossfire? We all know what happened that one)

Posted by: Lake | June 20, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Greta Van Sustern, she's my serious choice.

My bite-me choice? Either Bill Mahr or Bill O'Reilly, bwaaaa!

Posted by: LuvMeSomeGreta | June 20, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchell would be ideal for Meet the Press. She is tough but polite, honest, no bias. She seeks the information at the source. She has displayed consistently that she has a grasp of the history of politics in Washington. Details, facts, easily acquired and better understood because of the context.
I do not want them to take Keith Olbermann from his show. His show is unique and the wit in the exchanges with his superior journalists if abandoned will be just bits of news presented flatly.
Rachel Maddow brilliant.
Of course Tom Brokaw.
No, no, no Katie Couric.

Posted by: Anna K | June 20, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Bill Moyers would be the best choice. He creates a sense of intimacy in interviews that few others (i.e. Russert) can. He is well suited to the longer, more in-depth nature of MTP journalism, and he has always been tough and fair, which are qualities Russert is credited with. I think he would be a wonderful replacement.

Also, he has a similar background, having started out "on the other side," as Russert did working for Moynihan. Moyers would be an excellent choice. Of course, his nose for corruption is so acute it would become instantly more difficult to book guests.

Posted by: brian | June 20, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

NBC should try a few select candidates on a trial basis and see how they turn out. Actually, I believe Gwen Ifill is a serious candidate. She did a presidential debate ,I believe in 2000 and was quite good. I think Chuck Todd should try it, and I think Keith Olberman could do it , if he could contain his enthusiasm for his own candidate. he did well with Hillary, he was very fair, too fair for my liking, as I am for Obama, but it was the right thing to do.There are actually a lot of people capable if given a chance. No to Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell and Candy Crowley and Cris Wallace and Brit Hume.. and Joe Scarborough especially.

Posted by: major teddy | June 20, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

As much as I respect Cokie Roberts and Andrea Mitchel, please ... no! Time for a new era at MTP. Brian Williams is too dry from his anchor desk duties now, and David Gregory doesn't seem to have the demeanor for it. Ditto for Couric. Gwen Ifill would be interesting, but she probably would not want to leave PBS. Chris Wallace? I never thought he seemed all that comfortable in front of the camera. Britt Hume doesn't have the charisma the show needs either--especially now. NBC needs to make a bold splash here and really challenge Tim's hard-won following.

Posted by: TLD | June 20, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Don Imus.

Bring back the racist cracker, General Electric.

Posted by: M. Barnicle | June 20, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

WOW! Lot of hate on Brian Williams not finishing college. I guess you forgot that Peter Jennings did not even finish high school. By the looks of it, it seems that someone is just jealous.

Posted by: Jim | June 20, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Why not hire Bruce Springsteen and his guitar and he can sing the questions....he was never Russert's guest on MTP while he was alive...so he can make it as a memorial to him now.

Meet the Bruce...I'm Born to Run

"Today, begins Obama's Thunder Road right here on Meet The Press."

Expand the show to three hours and call it Encore Television.

Posted by: John Moore | June 20, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

David Gregory has the experience and would make it work better than anyone previously mentioned. Read his bio, just google David Gregory and you will see I am right!

Posted by: Gloria | June 19, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory has the experience and would make it work better than anyone previously mentioned. Read his bio, just google David Gregory and you will see I am right!

Posted by: Gloria | June 19, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If they don't appoint Andrea Mitchell they should go over to ABC and hire Cokie Robetts.

Posted by: Dennis Burnham | June 19, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Katie Couric is awful but better than Brian Williams for the job. As another poster perfectly put it: "Brian Williams--so smug and superior--always ad libbing unnecessarily...."

Leave it to the worst news management, NBC, to take this opportunity to put another opinionated mouthpiece where a quality journalist should have resided.

Posted by: llr | June 19, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

David Brancaccio of the NOW program on PBS. Insightful questioner on "edgy" matters, political or otherwise.

Posted by: Justaminute | June 19, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I feel it should be Luke Russert. I have never seen a more poised and apparant genuine young man in all my life.

I feel that he is the best prepared person to moderate and continue his father's legacy.

I mean if you truly listen as he ennuciates his father's vision of MTP, it almost seems as if Tim had been preparing him sense his birth to sit in that seat.

Posted by: kds | June 19, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Network News is Dead. Just end the show. Put on a program about prisoners in Jails instead like MSNBC.

Posted by: Steven | June 19, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I MENTIONED WAY DOWN THE PAGE THAT CHRIS MATTHEWS AND KEITH OBERCREEP AND ALL OF MSNBC WERE MISOGYNISTS.....AND YET I READ THAT MANY OF YOU DIDN'T RESPECT MY OPINION......WELL, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GET REAL.......JUST WATCH MSNBC A FEW MORE TIMES AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO REGURGITATE AND FINALLY TURN THEM OFF.

Posted by: jane | June 19, 2008 10:37 PM
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Nope - - I love MSNBC. I watch every opportunity that I have. However, don't let us stop you for hating them. Knock yourself out.

Posted by: Dee | June 19, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Tom Hartmann

Posted by: Warren | June 19, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Tom Hartmann

Posted by: John Kooms | June 19, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand Brian Williams--so smug and superior--always ad libbing unnecessarily. Rachel Maddow definitely! Isn't it time for a woman host at NBC?

Posted by: bbindallas | June 19, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I MENTIONED WAY DOWN THE PAGE THAT CHRIS MATTHEWS AND KEITH OBERCREEP AND ALL OF MSNBC WERE MISOGYNISTS.....AND YET I READ THAT MANY OF YOU DIDN'T RESPECT MY OPINION......WELL, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GET REAL.......JUST WATCH MSNBC A FEW MORE TIMES AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO REGURGITATE AND FINALLY TURN THEM OFF.

Posted by: jane | June 19, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If it's inside NBC, I'd say Chris Matthews. There's some re-working needed, though. No more membeship in the `shouting class.' No more prefacing questions with lectures. No more lassooing andhog-tieing guests in the `gotcha' game. Russert just gave guests the rope and let them hang themselves, if they wished. And, no more overt partisanship. Too much to ask?
Were NBC to go outside, I'd like to see either Brit HUme or Chris Wallace brought back to the big leagues. Both were considered smart, seasoned reporters.
From what I have gathered, both have their intelligence and integrity in tact. They didn't have to join Roger Ailes' right-wing Flak-pack or join the `shouting class.'

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | June 19, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is a fantastic choice. I never get the feeling she has an agenda.

Posted by: Ann | June 19, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow would be great....so smart.

Posted by: Ellen | June 19, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

My choices are: Rachel Maddow (superb)

Keith Olbermann

Gwen Ifill

Chuck Todd maybe brilliant but not sure about his ability to moderate.

Posted by: Muffy | June 19, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifel, Andrea Mitchell or Campbell Brown! Not sexist idiots like Chris or Keith! Brian will be fine in the interim, I'll still watch. Wolf Blitzer might be a thought. I like Campbell Brown, she is a very through interviewer on her show on CNN, and she was mentored by Tim. I'm pulling for Campbell, and for some reason she was absent from her show tonight...

Posted by: FrmWM | June 19, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Andy Rooney

Posted by: Ping | June 19, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Jay Leno....his contract is up soon at NBC. He's got 20+ yrs experience interviewing all major players in politics, showbiz, and regular people while being informative AND entertaining.

Posted by: Jeff | June 19, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Mika B.

Posted by: demsc | June 19, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Brown - just like Russert - always prepared for an interview.

Posted by: Walt Przebieglec | June 19, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

mourning TR: I like your idea of Gwen Ifill. She would be a welcome addition to Sunday morning talk shows. (Though I can't agree with you on your choice for President; I like Obama).

Posted by: New Era | June 19, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Bryant Gumbel. He's one of the best interviewers I've ever watched. As someone else said, it would be nice to have some diversity on the Sunday shows, and not just another middle-aged white guy (spoken by a middle aged white Republican guy). If not him, why not Gwen Ifill? I don't think she's as good as Gumbel, but she's tough. (But I'm still voting for McCain)

Posted by: mourning TR | June 19, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Brian Williams and his gigantic forehead can do is read a teleprompter.

Posted by: Wang | June 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I love Chuck Todd. He is brilliant and analytic--and fair!

Posted by: Susie | June 19, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

My vote's for David Gregory or Brian Williams. Chris Matthews I like, but he irritates me when he talks over guests. David and Brian are respectful, well prepared. Best bet: David on MTP and keep Brian where he is. I enjoy both of them.

NEVER Keith O.!!!

Posted by: Granny | June 19, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd

Posted by: Barbara McAllister,Saco,Maine | June 19, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Brian Williams is a total fraud.
Only in America can some pretty face who dropped out of college (and not a great one at that) go on to "inform" millions of people about the world's newsworthy events....
And make over $10 million per year doing it.
Heaven forbid the news be delivered by someone actually intelligent/educated, though not quite as attractive...

Posted by: Andrew | June 19, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm..Andrea Mitchell, hadn't thought of her. Not bad...Still like Bill Moyers but he would raise hackles of republicans since he has always gone after big business's that were engaged in crooked behavior. Bryant Gumbel? Man did he ever drop off the map. Seen him do sporting event not too long ago, can't remember what it was. He seemed tentative and unsure of himself. Just the opposite of the way he used to be on Today show. Yep, Andrea MItchell wouldn't surprise me...someday I'd like to see Chuck Todd in that seat but he is too much of a Johnny come lately for right now. Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann? Two of my favorites but let's get real here. Republicans would boycott the show.

Posted by: Headline | June 19, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill

Posted by: Bevelaine | June 19, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

My all time Tim Russert's favorite interview!!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ajm5JTf7jZs

He set him up McCain bigtime!!!

Posted by: LakeRidge | June 19, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Heck - I can do the job. With good research staff, I can make Ross Perot back hair stand.

Seriously -- Aaron Brown would be great; that would piss off the boys @CNN ---

Posted by: Lake Ridge | June 19, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, no one even reacted negatively to my suggestion of Mika B. But in defense of her (or of anyone else of her age cohort), remember that Russert was about that age when he took over, and he wasn't able to stare answers out of people until he'd been around long enough to be his own institution. That's why I am hesitant about some of the "more seasoned" names thrown out.

And to the Chuck Todd Peanut Gallery: he seems affable enough, but really. His "insightful" analysis is always kind of shallow ("Gee, Clinton would have been better off if she'd gotten more votes.") - and sometimes wrong enough that if he DID say Clinton would have been better off with more votes, I have to think about it.

I still like the woman who had the standards to toss the Paris Hilton copy, even if it was with company approval as some claim.

Posted by: PubliusIX | June 19, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Bryant Gumbel would be great as a primary choice for Meet the press and Keith Olbermann second and finally if they can manage it, Bill Moyers. Bryant was a first rate interviewer who was not afraid to make the tough calls and was always prepared. In a pinch, David Gregory would be acceptable. But please spare us the weightless, sophomoric, tepid or bias of Andrea Mitchell, Ann Curry, Tom Brokaw or Brian Williams. Guess which description goes with who?

Posted by: Saddened Beyond Measure | June 19, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Gaham and Biden on Sunday. Oh, this is going to be good. Biden will mop the floor with Graham's face.

Posted by: Headline | June 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

ANDREA MITCHELL IS THE BEST CHOICE.

Andera is very experienced and knowledgeable journalist. She is calm with smoth, clear voice. When she asks questions, She never interrupt interviewee. (just like Tim). It is the time to change a woman moderator for "MEET THE PRESS".

Posted by: Joan | June 19, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Bill Moyers is the only journalist I can think of that even comes close. This is a man who busted chemical companies decades ago and made all our lives healthier as a result. His investigative journalistic abilities has no equal. His integrity is unquestioned.

Posted by: Headline | June 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I am glad nobody has suggested stupid Joe Sacarboro

Posted by: tireman | June 19, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

joe scarborough

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The perfect replacement for Tim Russert is Luke Russert he can do the job he has had on the job training.

Posted by: aljun | June 19, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Jim Lehrer

Posted by: TJ | June 19, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say this, but Russert was not a perfect interviewer. Nobody is.

None of these suggested individuals is a home run.

That's why those who suggested that NBC rotate among different people have a very good idea.

Answering good followup questions is extremely difficult, and nobody can do this with every guest and on every subject.

It also requires that one be unafraid of pursuing an answer.

Posted by: mvweiss@yahoo.com | June 19, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I second the votes for Gwen Ifil. She cares deeply about the subject matter but remains unflustered by the pols attacks. And of all the newscasters I have never been able to guess whether she is a Dem or Rep. She never falls for that 'fair and balance' Fox routine that says if one person says the sky is blue the press HAS to have some wack-job saying the sky has polka-dots. Gwen would bring diginty to the chair that held it for so long.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 19, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow

Posted by: Duncan | June 19, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

As soon as I got over the shock of the death of Tim Russert I said it's gotta be Chuck Todd. I see I'm not the only one. He's got a lot of support here & I think he'd be perfect.

Posted by: Bill | June 19, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

ABC(M): Anybody But Chris Matthews!!

I can only tolerate his show after MTP because it's all analysis, usually with pretty good guests (would be better if he had Andrew Sullivan on more often) and because it's only 1/2 hour.

Watching Matthews preen and self-promote on his "throne" for an entire hour would mean I'd have to quit drinking. I would not be able to withstand him and a Sunday morning hangover at the same time.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now...

Posted by: dlosey | June 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Don Imus (if he's still alive).

Posted by: Hound Dog | June 19, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Ifill or Chuck Todd - both good choices.

Posted by: Ben | June 19, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

My vote would be for Bryant Gumbel. He is one of the best interviewers NBC has had in a while. None of the names mentioned above have the weight to carry the show in this star driven era of TV. So forget about Todd, Ifill, Mitchell or any of the other drones. Couric might sneak in just because NBC News prez Zucker likes her. Matt Lauer is too much of a lightweight to handle the job. Totenberg would be good but I doubt they would pick her. Olbermann is a comer. Ratings at MSNBC are rising b/c of him and the network might make a play b/c of it.

Posted by: DMAN | June 19, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris Wallace. He's simply the best. Dave Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olberman, and Katie Couric make John Kerry look conservative.

Posted by: Amanda | June 19, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes the viewers are able to sense authenticity and integrity, and I believe Chuck Todd represents those qualities, the way that Tim Russert did. He checks his ego at the door and he's passionate about politics!

Posted by: Joe Fletcher | June 19, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Brit Hume. This will enable NBC to turn the page and attract some moderate viewers. NBC already has too many viewers who vote blue, but how about turning some red viewers into purple.

Posted by: Meghan | June 19, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Ed Bradley passed away, he would have been perfect!!!

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | June 19, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I can not watch Brian Williams very long. As a moderator he is not very efficient. His presence on screen is egotistical and his manner of gesturing is distracting. As well he can't get the issue into fine focus, because his questions are too vague or open-ended.

Andrea Mitchell is too tentative in rebutting and piercing "talking points" and lets herself get run over too easily. In a two-shot, she looks small in comparison to the guests she is interviewing, That['s not sexism; it's the dynamics of the TV screen.

For on-screen objectivity and incisive questioning, I like (in this order) Gwen Ifill, Howard Fineman, David Gregory and Norah O'Donnell . Chuck Todd could be a comer. I've never seen him moderate a show, and that is a wholly different thing than being a guest.

I personally like Chris Matthews' journalistic style, but I realize that he makes many people uncomfortable. But he would be a great asset if he was one of several journalists interviewing guests and analyzing issues. However, I do not think he will be with MSNBC much longer. Was it a coincidence that last Friday he and CBS's Bob Scheiffer were both in Paris, France?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd, is the Man. Its never about him, its just about the facts -- and he always nails the numbers

Posted by: Bennie | June 19, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan Rather.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill

Smart, substantive, and it's not all about her.

Posted by: fm | June 19, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Matt Lauer

Posted by: Donna | June 19, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill

Posted by: Hoodwinked | June 19, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

You have to come up with a good answer for "Why NOT Chuck Todd?"

There is none.

Posted by: Threedy | June 19, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory is a light weight.

I like Chuck Todd.

Posted by: JMG_DC | June 19, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Finding a person with the combination of Tim's modest charm and razor sharp brain will be a daunting task.

Posted by: elizabeth6 | June 19, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Without hesitation Travis Smiley wold be an excellent choice.

Posted by: elizabeth6 | June 19, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs ... lets be serious!!

Great guy ... but, I sometimes question his sincerity ... is he just stirring up controvesy?

This is not a job for the meek ... though intelligent ... lots of connections, lots of research ... long days and nights!!

And I will have all spouses sign off on that contract

Posted by: Opinion | June 19, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

nobody will replace Tim so stop trying
change the format and find the most objective and open minded host who won't shout or sway the focus
goodluck

Posted by: get a grip | June 19, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Tony Kornheiser

Ok seriously

What about Eugene Robinson??

Posted by: dc | June 19, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

To NBC

The long term solution ... David Gregory.


Give the young fellow an opportunity ... to carry on the legacy

Posted by: Opinion | June 19, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Rose is eclectically and politicaly smart. But he is too self concious and sees everybody he interviews on his current show as "my good friend."

Look, it's a no-brainer. The hands down choice to host MTP is Chuck Todd. The Russert hiree extraiordinaire has shown within his first year at NBC (during this historic presidential election) that he has the right stuff because he knows his stuff inside out -- both the politics and the numbers behind the politics. He is an average looking, non-designer suit, hard working, all business, no-nonsense amiable kind of guy. His relative youth speaks to the future. He can't be fooled because he is no fool. What you get is a man (much like Mr. Russert)who can explain political mumbo jumbo jargon in a thoughtful, paced understandable way that's dripping with a just-the-facts truth. He knows more about politics than most politicians. As an interviewer, there will be no fawning, soft balls or hyperbole from him.


Posted by: S.L.Randall | June 19, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs

Posted by: javarro | June 19, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Why not Sam Simmons- great researcher and a depth of political knowledge

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Andrea can't read-- will not watch if Brian Willims gets the nod- bring on Tom Brokaw in the interim!! Although, do think Chuck Todd has real potential..

Posted by: luwltr | June 19, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Juan Williams is a Fox Noise tool. No way.

Posted by: and another thing... | June 19, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone except Brian Williams, he did a horrible job yesterday.
David Gregory much better suited at this than him. Although, a thought would be Carville and his wife pretty cool!!!

Posted by: Martha | June 19, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Brown is my top choice.

Posted by: Avid MTP fan | June 19, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Ray Suarez or Aaron Brown.

Posted by: Prattle in Seattle | June 19, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect meant to the late Mr. Russert, but I don't like the format where one moderator sits with one or two persons. I realize that Carville and Matalin were his friends, but I don't need to see their personal spectacle or hear their party spin ever again. Rumor had it that Russert got "played" by Dick Cheney and the OVP over the Iraq question and that led Russert to swing NBCnews division to accept the admin propaganda to go to war. Maybe that is why we never saw Scott Ritter on MTP but we did see "Curveball." When I heard Russert testify in the Libby trial that e assured the high-powered people who talked to him that their comments were "off the record," it was then that I realized that Russert had too much power to "shape the news".

Instead I would like to see a panel of national journalists/commentators asking the guest questions and then in the last part of the show having them compare notes and analysis. The journalists should not be "regulars" but invited to the show because they represent a wide spectrum of opinion on the topic.

Posted by: Anadromou | June 19, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect meant to the late Mr. Russert, but I don't like the format where one moderator sits with one or two persons. I realize that Carville and Matalin were his friends, but I don't need to see their personal spectacle or hear their party spin ever again. Rumor had it that Russert got "played" by Dick Cheney and the OVP over the Iraq question and that led Russert to swing NBCnews division to accept the admin propaganda to go to war. Maybe that is why we never saw Scott Ritter on MTP but we did see "Curveball." When I heard Russert testify in the Libby trial that e assured the high-powered people who talked to him that their comments were "off the record," it was then that I realized that Russert had too much power to "shape the news".

Instead I would like to see a panel of national journalists/commentators asking the guest questions and then in the last part of the show having them compare notes and analysis. The journalists should not be "regulars" but invited to the show because they represent a wide spectrum of opinion on the topic.

Posted by: Anadromou | June 19, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Another good option ...

NPR's Juan Williams

Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists, is a news analyst, appearing regularly on the newsmagazines Morning Edition and Day to Day. Knowledgeable and charismatic, Williams brings insight and depth -- hallmarks of NPR programs -- to a wide spectrum of issues and ideas.

Posted by: GoCards | June 19, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Brokaw for the rest of the election cycle would be great, while the brass at NBC figures this out. It would be really bad to pick a replacement hastily.

Posted by: brokaw would be good | June 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Here are my Top 5 Choices:

1. Aaron Brown
2. Charlie Cook
3. Gwen Ifil
4. Chuck Todd
5. Andrea Mitchell

Posted by: SierraSun | June 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Richard Engle would be good

Posted by: jim hauser | June 19, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill or Andrea Mitchell. Especially Gwen more=so because she was actally taught by Tim, and seems to know her stuff.

Posted by: Antoine | June 19, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill would be superb. Chris Matthews would bring ratings down.

Posted by: hac-n-sac | June 19, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Drew ... why not Scotty McClellan? ... and Stephanophalaphagous? ...

Posted by: GoCards | June 19, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd, Chuck Todd, Chuck Todd... My first second and third choice. He is already the political guy for NBC. When I watched him on CSpan I was always impressed with his knowledge and the fairness of his presentations. I think Russert would have agreed.

Posted by: Inez | June 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

if they put Katie Couric in, i'll never watch Meet The Press again. -ever. NBC needs to get the guts to stop with the chit-chat, banter and tabloidism everyone else sinks to, and go for the serious, tough-talking professional that Russert was while managing that chair.

Probably best to do the team approach or have rotating moderators for awhile. It'll be hard not to compare the successor to the greatest moderator ever.

Posted by: clarep | June 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Co-hosts: Gail Collins and David Brooks.

Posted by: citizenjane | June 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd!
Chuck Todd!
Chuck Todd!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

You all forgot some key people.

1). George Will
2). Sam Donaldson
3). Bill Clinton

No really, I think NBC needs to take a break and rotate some good people and see who can work out. I would suggest someone out of the norm so it doesn't continue to feel like a substitute of Tim Russert. It is going to be a hard choice no matter their choice for some time.

Posted by: jerry rubin | June 19, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Thtephanopoulouths??? ... thuffering thucketash ...

Posted by: GoCards | June 19, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory isn't a household name, unless you are an MSNBC regular, but he is very smart, analytical, verbally skilled, and he actually listens to his guests occasionally. Chris and Joe are self-focused blow hards with horrid listening skills, and Keith (though I dearly love him) couldn't get a conservative (who had good sense and wasn't already on the NBC payroll) to appear on the show if he were the moderator. I think David Gregory would soon be seen as a superstar if he were to be given this opportunity.

Posted by: MaryAnnEvans | June 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Cook is the obviouis choice.

Posted by: Jerry K | June 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil. She is smart and holds really matter of factly conversation without being rude or offensive.


Don't like Brian Williams at all.

David Gregory is fun, but wouldn't consider him permanently.


I was thinking someone unknown, intelligent like Stephanopoulous, but not quite as abrasive.

Posted by: Drew | June 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Chuck Todd would be great. He's sharp, knowledgeable in politics and has a warm demeanor. David Gregory would be good, too, but I think Chuck Todd would be the best.

Posted by: Ann Baldi | June 19, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is a solid choice. She hosts a progran with a similar civil vibe to MTP.

An outside the box choice is Evan Smith of Texas Monthly.

Posted by: Owlsfan | June 19, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

How about an intelligent interviewer who asks thought-provoking questions? Aaron Brown, formerly of CNN, would be perfect!

Posted by: cb | June 19, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Seriously ... consider Nina Totenberg ...

Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. She is the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law.

Posted by: GoCards | June 19, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Too bad we lost Chris Farley. He would have been perfect.

"Hey! President Bush! Remember when we DIDN'T torture people? That was awesome."

Posted by: steve boyington | June 19, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Washington Politican Wrestling with Keith Ober-the-man or Bill O' Really!!

Seriously though long term David Gregory - tough, beleivable and fair

Posted by: Moderator | June 19, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

It's time to bring Tom Brokaw back until a permanent replacement can be chosen.

Posted by: Phil | June 19, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Pretty boy Brian is dumb as a board. Bring back ugly and interesting, not blow-dried and boring Brian.

Posted by: ed | June 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Hilliary Clinton will be a good person for this job ... lots of inside info on how Washington works ... and if we get Bill also it could be "Meet the Clintons"

Posted by: Bubba | June 19, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

How'bout Nina Totenberg (sp?)

Posted by: GoCards | June 19, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Rotating chairs for the short term. David Gregory or Gwen Ifil should be seriously considered in the long term. Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Brit Hume, or Chris Wallace -- surely you jest?!

Posted by: crc | June 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Rotating chairs for the short term. David Gregory or Gwen Ifil should be seriously considered in the long term. Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Brit Hume, or Chris Wallace -- surely you jest?!

Posted by: crc | June 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The man with two first names... Chuck Todd.

This is the hands down choice.

He is thorough and smart.

Posted by: E- | June 19, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

William Kristol
Fair, balanced, consistently wrong.

Posted by: jonstp | June 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

That is the big question ... ambition and sacrifice to her/his family ... It is a tough job!!

I would not want the successor to give up on certain necessities ... good sleep and a good diet.

Ask Tim

Posted by: Sacrifice | June 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

My best bet Katie Couric... bring it on!

Posted by: cfusion | June 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

You are missing the point. What differentiated it from the rest of the crap on tv was that it was coming from a hard charging political operative who would ask tough questions, who would take you off your talking points.

They need an operative.

Posted by: Russert Fan | June 19, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

What I will be looking for ... is temperament and fairness

The answer is DAVID GREGORY ... he is young and can be molded into that position nicely

Posted by: My Choice | June 19, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill would make a great host for MTP. They should have guests hosts until they find the right person. That way the public can see who can handle the job and see who the public likes. No one can take Tim's place.

Posted by: VB | June 19, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone seriously think that Katie Couric (smarmy) could do Tim Russert's job? What an insult to the Russert family.

Posted by: Maureen | June 19, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Definitely needs to be Charlie Rose!

Posted by: buzzsaw | June 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton. co-hosting with George Bush, following his current gig, of course (or earlier if he prefers, I wouldn't mind)

Posted by: haha | June 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Somone suggested Andrea Mitchell??? Nice lady. But please.

Imagine the names of NBC News past when considering a Russert replacement. Will the moderator be as dynamic as Tim? Or cereberal in the Tom Pettit or David Brinkley model? Will the host be as unique as Lloyd Dobbins? Let's not even consider some of the giants of the past: John Cameron Swayze or Chet Huntley.

They (NBC Executives) really don't have much to chose from. Inside OR outside of the company.

Posted by: mewcomm | June 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

To replace Tim Russert is DAVID GREGORY - I think he is great ...He asks the tough questions of the President during Question Period ... and he has what it takes to be another Tim Russert

Posted by: My Choice | June 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Any number of people at NPR could make a very positive contribution.
Noah Adams
Tom Ashbrook
Wade Goodwyn
John McChesney
Sylvia Poggioli
Cokie Roberts
Jack Speer
Susan Stamberg
Linda Wertheimer
John Ydstie
and, for a more amusing host: Bill Littlefield
bios at www.npr.org/templates/people/?typeId=1

Posted by: Tom in NH | June 19, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Chuck Todd would be a great replacement. He has a very easy-going temperment and would be able to ask tough questions without seeming rude. He also has a great grasp of politics.

Posted by: Marcia Glenn | June 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Tim can't be replaced. Retire the show, and remake a new one in his honor.

The Russert Review

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The obvious coice -- Luke Russert.

Posted by: Allan | June 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Should have got Jackie Burt Broyles, and his sidekick Dunlap from the good ole redstateupdate.com

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

No one from the hard left (Keith O) or the hard right (Fox) and absolutely no Geraldo or some other nut case. Russert was the consummate professional as well as a tough and fair questioner.
So - maybe John Harwood, Gwen Ifel or David Gregory - in time. For now, rotating moderators makes the most sense. After the election, NBC can make a more informed choice.

Posted by: muleman | June 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I, too, thought about Chuck Todd if the choice would need to be an NBC staffer. If not, I think Jim Lehrer would be a great
choice. He has the credibility, respect,
and qualifications to assume the role. But
would/could he jump from PBS or could he do both?

Posted by: Judy | June 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Katie Couric? She is not a serious news reporter. CBS would've been better off keeping Dan Rather, as they are finding via trial by fire.

Posted by: Brook | June 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for Jeff Greenfield.

Posted by: dwchill | June 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Since previous NBC Anchors went over to CNN, why don't we bring a CNN Anchor to NBC? My vote - ANDERSON COOPER!!!
We all know Tim Russert CAN NEVER BE REPLACED, so why not go with someone like
Anderson Cooper? He is awesome on CNN!!

When it comes to politics, we lost it all
when we lost our Tim Russert! He will be
in our hearts forever!!!

Posted by: PC | June 19, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

David Brooks (op ed columnist at the NY Times) would also be an interesting choice. He's thoughtful, creative, a good listener, and in his political analysis on PBS he is excellent at explaining complex concepts so that most people can understand them. He's a conservative, so NBC could deflect the usual criticism from the Right that it is infected with liberal bias.

Posted by: Jerome | June 19, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory would be a good choice. Like Russert, tough but fair.

Posted by: mccircus | June 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

OK, I am willing to tip applecarts.

First, as much as I would enjoy it, does anyone think the likes of John McCain, let alone W or Cheney, would ever sit down for questions from Olbermann?

Now, how about a) intelligent; b) great camera presence; c) enough DC history to play the game; and d) young enough to grow into an historic tenure like Russerts? How does Mika Brzezinski sound?

Posted by: PubliusIX | June 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

We want to see Katie Couric take the job. It will get her away from CBS, who does not support how good she can be, and back to NBC.

Posted by: CW | June 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Tom Oliphant

Posted by: jatox | June 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd is to stiff..Charlie Rose is a great choice. Smart, personable and thorough.

Posted by: lg | June 19, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ray Suarez of PBS would be an excellent choice. He is serious journalist with strong credentials having done a weighty national talk show on NPR (Talk of the Nation), and, having been a senior correspondent on The News Hour on PBS since 1999. NBC could show itself to be a leader in diversity by having a Latino in very public role.

Posted by: JA Johnson | June 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Donna Brazille, one smart lady and level as well.

Posted by: Laura | June 19, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I think that Brian Williams maybe intellectually capable of performing the job but he does nothave the personality and wherewithall to sustain it.

Posted by: lg | June 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If David Gregory gets the job, I'll quit watching MTP. Simple as that.

Posted by: AWJ | June 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olberman

Posted by: Rick | June 19, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Tavis Smiley [PBS]

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Brian Williams with Lindsey "Golllll-ly" Graham and "Fighting Joe" Biden? Sounds like an episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Ratings!" Nevertheless, I'll give Brian and this particular program a "B" for "Boring."

Posted by: Larry Roberts | June 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Russert was unique. Why not bring in the old style panel with a permanent host such as Brokaw.

Posted by: Howard | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson- fair, open minded (it seems)and a great tv presence, only downside, has admitted to being in the tank for Obama, but still seems to be able to criticize him where others don't seem to tread.

Posted by: daniel | June 19, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill? She spends too much time with Pete Williams; therefore, doesn't have a kernel of objectivity in her.

I agree with Chris Wallace. He's a class act and quite fair and balanced.

Posted by: Harry | June 19, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill would be good. David Gregory and Brian Williams, uh, no. But the best would be Keith Olbermann.

http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/analysis/309

Posted by: Chad | June 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifel if they cast her aside when Jim Leher retires... if Jim Leher retires. Anyway, without a doubt the best "questioner" in Journalism AND a serious babe.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No one now on NBC or MSNBC comes even close. Brian Williams has the personality of a newt and the shouters, Keith and Chris, shouldn't even be in the running. Andrea Mitchell is a nice lady but she doesn't fit either. I'm assuming whomever replaces Tim Russert will be hired only for "Meet the Press" and not as Bureau Chief, etc. Why not try out one of the news analysts; i.e., Chuck Todd, Mike Barnicle - or Tim's friend, Al Hunt?

Someone needs to be grooming young Luke for a broadcasting career.

It was nice to see Chris Jansing (sp?) again. Have never understood why MSNBC shelved their intelligent women newsreaders.

Posted by: E. Drummond | June 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Please consider Charlie Rose

Posted by: grace | June 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Please consider Charlie Rose

Posted by: grace | June 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Brokaw and Williams are too slick and pretty to host the program. It deserves and requires a real heavy-weight, not an eye-candy commentator. If that's all they need, put Katie Couric or one of the twits from MSNBC daytime theatre in the job.

How about an old time print journalist for a change. You know, a hard working, non-celebrity, suspicious, no-bs newsman.

If they can find one above ground.

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | June 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Is George Carlin out of the question ?

Posted by: r. shaller | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I suggest an interim for a couple of months and probably a sharp NBC woman like Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifil, Norah O'Donnell. Russert's successor will be compared to him to the point of exhaustion and a female will soften that edge a bit.The above-named women would be excellent. Don't try to duplicate but replace Tim. Of the males, Chuck Todd is far above anyone else. Morning Joe or Chris Matthews would be boring us with their bias and not let the guests talk.

Posted by: George (not W) in Texas | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchell or David Gregory, huh ??? Why not just hire Dan Rather or Rosie O'donnell.

Posted by: Anne | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who thinks Gewn Ifill is dumb, simply doesn't know what they're talking about. Her interviews are tough and thoughtfull. No matter though, because all the Sunday shows are only as good as their guests, and if they keep putting wind bags like Hume, Matalin, Carville, or the biggest idiot of them all, Tori Clark, on instead of real journalists or pols, I'll continue to stay away. Not to mention Tori is probably a wat criminal as well...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind seeing Gwen Ifill, but my personal choice would be David Gregory.

Posted by: digital_fightnews | June 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I think his long time friend, Mike Barnicle, would be an option..

Posted by: RobF | June 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

In nature, Forces are divided into action and reaction. Keith Olbermann is a reaction to Bill O'Reily. Although Olbermann does use more facts then O'Reily does.

Posted by: MM | June 19, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Williams GET the Call?

Posted by: umm | June 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll see yer Sylvia Poggioli and raise ya a Daljit Dhaliwal!

Only question I have about Chuck Todd is, can he moderate the roundtable? It takes a strong personality to stand up to a table full of people who have a keen (perhaps exaggerated) sense of their own importance. Keith Olbermann, I think, would be good at the traffic-cop part of the gig, but there it ends. Bottom line: I think you want a newsman/woman in the chair.

Posted by: Lonely Pedant | June 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory or Brian Williams. Men choices
Andrea Mitchell or Syliva Poggioli. Women choices.
Please keep the same format our wonderful Tim Russert had. Our household loved his show and always felt he was respectful to the people on the show. He gave us a better understanding of his quests politics.

What a loss to us all.

Posted by: Mary Lou (mlou) | June 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd. Fair, Smart, In-depth, Political Junkie who was recruited and admired by Russert.

Posted by: Campbell G | June 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for John King (currently CNN) - he always seems prepared and likes to dive into issues ... and is apparently ready to leave where they don't appreciate him.

Posted by: SW-DC | June 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Oprah!

.... not

Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 19, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Chuck Todd as the official replacement for Tim Russert. Mr. Todd was recruited by Mr. Russert and he has given fair analysis of the election campaign thus far.

Posted by: Eros Wong | June 19, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris Wallace would be the best candidate, but I doubt he has any interest. Brit Hume would be a strong candidate as well, be he way too objective and mainstream for NBC. Birds of feathers flock together, and that's way David Gregory, Chris matthews, Matt Lauer,Keith Olberman and Andrea Mitchell work together. We all know they're staunch Barack supporters.

Posted by: Elizabeth. | June 19, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Keith Obercreep is a "whack job." Not a good choice. Why not Andrea Mitchell?

Posted by: bill | June 19, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

chuck todd is the only worthwhile (permanent) candidate within NBC

he can totally do it

Posted by: sarah jones | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

ANDREA MITCHELL- She is the most qualified, and on a personal note very connected to Tim Russert's spirit since the were co-workers and friends. I was moved by her comments about Tim last Friday after he passed away. She shines!

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

How about David Gregory?

Posted by: Dale Silver | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I would select Rachel Maddow...

She is the brightest mind I have seen on the television in a while...

Posted by: C.Campbell | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Russert is a tough act to follow. If he had jumped ship, then his replacement would at least have the network enthusiastically supporting him or her. Because Russert died, the follow-on act will have no such advantage.

Williams is good at what he does, but an hour-long weekly political broadcast is not what he does. He's the nighly, general news anchor, who handles a full range of stories and a big audience.

It could cost them both Russert and also Williams. These big news organizations are losing viewers each day. Each error is costly because viewers go and do not come back, and they could easily afford the loss of revenue from a weekly Sunday program before they can afford the loss of Nightly News leadership. I'd call it a foolish gamble from a corporate perspective.

Posted by: Kacoo | June 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I like to see, husband and wife duo of US politics - James Carvel and Mary Matalin.

Posted by: RR | June 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Why not someone from a tradition of journalism that expects politicians to answer questions and is at least four steps ahead of their guests? How about Richard Wolff or Christopher Hitchens?

Posted by: ar | June 19, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Bryant Gumbel would be a perfect choice for the next few years. He's a proven interviewer (on Today)

Posted by: Stephen | June 19, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is a good choice for Meet the Press in that he his a big critic of the media and will know how to remain objective. But Jon Stewart would probably refuse because he needs to be the devil's advocate on the Daily Show. Brian Williams is good for now, but a permanent replacement should be unknown and bias. My choice would be Donna Brazile but I don't think she will be fair on the GOP.

Posted by: MM | June 19, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

My nominee: Bob Woodward.

Posted by: miami | June 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I've read that Brian Williams is well-read and prepares diligently. Chuck Todd seems to have a deep-rooted passion for politics, like Tim Russert.

Posted by: jillg3 | June 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Simply amazing! The heirarchy at NBC News must have lost their collective minds. Brian Williams!?! Good lord. He's nothing more than an old Anderson Cooper with a twisted mouth. With the fine tradition of MTP on the line the execs at 30 Rock made a terrible, terrible mistake. Brian Williams should not eben been in the running to replace Tom Brokaw. With so much talent at NBC News, particularly in the political area, there were so many more logical, appropriate and capable choices. MTP will go down the tubes.

Timothy J. Russert-R.I.P.

Posted by: broodingcynyc | June 19, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What no Geraldo Rivera...?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I am okay with Brian, though I would have preferred that Tom Brokaw step into Russert's role, at least through the election. That said, I understand that the guy is actually trying to be retired, so perhaps it was discussed and he said no.
I like David Gregory, but he's not the right person. And thank goodness it wasn't Andrea or Chris Matthews.

Posted by: Melinda | June 19, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchel

Posted by: mike hauer | June 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Sylvia Poggioli!

Posted by: Armand | June 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

And, if Ifill, NBS will need to get a dresser to help her pick her wardrobe. She has the worst taste on television!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

MTP is no longer a job that can go to a teeth cutter. Tim made it too important. It needs someone with heft and experience. No everyone on Fox is right just like not everyone on NBC is left. Wallace would be very interesting.

Posted by: Dan | June 19, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

If they really want to boost their ratings they should let Oprah host the show...

Meet the Press with Oprah Winfrey... haha

j/k

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Chuck Todd. He is super detail oriented, pushes the facts not an agenda, has tremendous political understanding, and was a protege of Russert. He is fairly new in front of the camera, but so was Russert when he took over MTP!

Chuck Todd and his First Read crew have been superstars this cycle. In the tradition of Russert... pick someone who can deliver, not someone who looks like an anchor.

Posted by: C Gibson | June 19, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is so annoying on Washington Week. She seems not to be terribly bright and is consumed with process rather than content. She can have a mocking, sneering tone and seems to be swayed by the GOP talking points re Democrats. She was thoroughly biased and obnoxious during the 2000 election -- mocking Gore at every turn.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Katie Colon is licking her chops.

Posted by: Freeper | June 19, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove

Posted by: Andrew Royce | June 19, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I like the Gordon Peterson suggestion ... when they get to a perm replacement, a real "nobody" (with talent) might be the best way to go.

Posted by: Bill Monroe | June 19, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory or Katie Couric - each would bring their own personality

Posted by: Gordon | June 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD IT'S NOT LOUD MOUTH CHRIS MATTHEWS OR KEITH OBERCREEP.....I CAN'T DECIDE WHICH ONE IS WORSE. WISH WE COULD BE SPARED FROM ALL MSNBC MISOGYNISTS.

Posted by: JANE | June 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

How about Jon Stewart. Hes quite a bull dog, very objective on both parties. I think it would be very interesting.

Posted by: Saumitra | June 19, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Although he has no chance, I think Gordon Peterson would be a great fit.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Bring on Laura Ingram!!

Posted by: Freeper | June 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris Wallace or Britt Hume??? Are you crazeee?

Two Fox Noise people? Objective,hell, they're not even intelligent.

No to Olbermann [correct spelling for the dumbell above] only because I love Keith just where he is - making trouble for the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rove and the rest of the knuckle draggers in the WH

Posted by: Janet | June 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Unless the new host offers something different and remakes the show in their own mold I'll lose interest and switch to This Week with George S. Gwen Iffil is the only one that would pique my curiosity, Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw already have their own shows.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil - ratings disaster - dumb as a doorknob

Posted by: mike | June 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Brit Hume or Chris Wallace? Seriously? Is that a joke. Brit Hume? Why not just get Bill O'Reilly.

Posted by: Bill Monroe | June 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I really like David Gregory for the job. He is probably more "up" on politics and news than most. I find Andrea Mitchell to be very unpleasant and dour. Can't imagine sitting down to watch her for a full hour every week. Gwen Ifill would be good as well....

Posted by: PleaseNotAndrea | June 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The wind is completely out of NBC's sail. Unless, they hire from outside the network the don't have a glimmer of hope. Britt Hume and Chris Wallace would be splendid replacements.

Posted by: Frank | June 19, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes to Gwen Ifil, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw.

No to Andrea, David, Chris and Obaman.

Posted by: Pat | June 19, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Please, not BW.

Posted by: mike | June 19, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

There is a big difference between a tough, fair well informed question - which Russert was a master of - and the kind of "gotcha" work Andrea Mitchell has been doing so far this election cycle (and that we see quite enough of on cable news).

Picking her for Russert's chair would be a sad endorsement of what's wrong with TV news these days, in my mind.

Posted by: Ben | June 19, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Tom Brokaw should do it. What else is he doing with himself? We may lose some quality with Brian Williams so stretched out.

Posted by: Teddy Ballgame | June 19, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I am pulling for Gwen. She's got the chops and the independence associated with not working for the conglomo-media during this most unsettling era of journalism.

Posted by: Philip | June 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Brian is good exactly where he is. He does not carry the the emotion and connection that Tim had and that is evident watching him next to Tim during the Presidential Debates. I personally think that Gwen Ifil would be great and it would be good to see a little more diversity on Sunday mornings.

Posted by: The New Guy | June 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil first then Andrea Mitchell. Just don't see anyone else in that role. Brian will do a great job in the interim.

Posted by: gavvi | June 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I second the David Gregory and Andrea Mitchel remarks. NBC Washington Bureau needs to turn the page and lose both of them. They should try to coax Chris Wallace or Brit Hume, but I don't think either would be interested pandering to the left.

Posted by: Mary K | June 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Keith, you can stop shedding the alligator tears. Your audition is over. The job is apparently going to someone else. Now you can go back to your hyperbolic attacks of anyone who's to the left of Obama and Rev. Wright.

-Wm Tate,
http://www.atimelikethis.us/


Posted by: Wm Tate | June 19, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It should be Andrea Mitchell. I loved Russert just like everyone else, but if Andrea were a woman, she might also have been promoted to Washington bureau chief back in the 1980s.

Posted by: Christine | June 19, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Who's going to prepare for interviews like an attorney does for a deposition? Not Brian Williams.

Posted by: ama | June 19, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hear, hear, Globaltemp. Gwen Ifil would be an incredible choice.

Posted by: Mazarin | June 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad choice, for a network that is embodiment of liberal journalism. David Gregory and Andrea would an utter disaster. They're to objectivity, what Saddam Hussein was to christianity.

Posted by: Bill M | June 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

No one can replace Russert. Chris Wallace would be an interesting direction - he has the brains, the credentials and the pedigree.

Posted by: Dan | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil would be an excellent choice!!!

Posted by: Judy | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Tom Brokaw would also be a good choice. Or they could poach Bob Scheaffer from CBS.

Posted by: Jonathan Bruck | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness it is not Matthews or Oberjerk. I think Williams is a very good anchor. Those other two are not fair minded in politics.

Posted by: smurfchek | June 19, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I respect Brian Williams statesmanship, but I think Gwen Ifil would be an outstanding choice for the long-term.

Posted by: globaltemp | June 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Good idea, Eileen. Hopefully, Andrea will get a chance to anchor.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks god it's Williams and not Chris Matthews like some were speculating. And this coming from a liberal...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think a far better choice would be Andrea Mitchell. She's a great reporter with long experience, and wouldn't hesitate to ask the hard questions. She should anchor MTP, but someone else should direct the Washington Bureau.

Posted by: Eileen | June 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Brian, a news reader, won't ruffle any feathers, either. The Republican Party approves.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 19, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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