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News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of "Meet the Press," will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism.

Tim Russert
Tim Russert. (File photo: Getty Images for Meet the Press)

Russert was, without question, the single most influential political journalist working in Washington. His show -- known to insiders as simply "MTP" -- was not only the most watched of the Sunday news programs but also the one that every politician and journalist aspired to appear on.

An example of Russert's influence: When he proclaimed that Barack Obama had effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on the night of the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, it was seen as a significant sign that Hillary Rodham Clinton's time in the race was running short. As my colleagues Anne Kornblut and Dan Balz wrote: "When NBC's Tim Russert flatly declared the Democratic race over around midnight, one adviser recalled, "the air came out of the room."

There will be any number of pieces written over the next few days about Tim's passing and the impact he had on the world of politics. (And make sure to read what Dan Balz wrote, reflecting on a man he had known for more than two decades.) But I couldn't write something about his death without noting the impact he had on my own career as a political journalist.

I had the pleasure of appearing on Tim's show on CNBC and MSNBC a handful of times and the honor of sharing the "Meet the Press" table with him as well. I did not know him well, but I looked up to and admired the hell out of him, so getting the chance to talk politics with him was a rare treat for a young journalist like myself.

What I came away with each time after an appearance with Tim was that he was someone, like me, who loved the political game, who took pleasure in the day-to-day trench warfare of the campaign, who worked his sources to make sure he got the most up to date information to his viewers and who loved hearing from new voices offering fresh perspective on the political process.

Tim's passing is a sad day for anyone who cared about politics and political journalism in this country. The comments section is open for any thoughts you might have on Tim. While I can't tell you what to say, I'd appreciate it -- as someone who respected and admired Tim -- if we can keep any comments in that vein.

After the jump, an interview with Russert from last year conducted by washingtonpost.com's On Faith project...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 13, 2008; 3:53 PM ET
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Comments

Yes, Marko, Tim was a newscaster. But not just any newscaster. Have you been watching anything political on TV the past 20 years? Tim was the last of the Mohicans when it comes to the intelligent, informed, you-ain't-gonna-get-away-without-answering-the-question type of interviewing. It should be of no surprise at all to anyone who seriously watches and analyzes the media coverage of politics in general that Tim's death has received this type of response. But to say that it compares to the coverage of the death of Princess Diana is simply stupid. I was in Pittsburgh, Pa. the night of Diana's death in 1997, and just this year (11 years later) they were still investigating the wreck that caused her untimely demise. Next year at this time, we shall all have moved on and although we will never forget Tim and all that he meant to us, I know full well that there will not be the scrutiny continuing at that time that is yet ongoing in the case of Diana, for example. Wisenheimer, are you off your rocker? The fact is simply that Tim had a heart attack, that he was loved deeply by all who appreciate good, honest journalism (as opposed to the likes of Fox News) and that those who will miss him are having a few days of mourning and commentary on such a profound individual and a consummate professional and family man. So chill out dude...and have a little respect for the deceased for a few days. It'll be over soon. OK?

Posted by: dimplesouth | June 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Wisenheimer, you are a very scary, dangerous person to concoct such ridiculous conspiracy theories. Please shut up.

Posted by: Cathy W. | June 17, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this guy: Posted by: Wisenheimer | June 16, 2008 3:54 PM

All of Iowa is under water and a NEWSCASTER gets most of the headlines. What a waste.... OK, he died and we should be sensitive to that but the coverage was RIDICULOUS!

People.... He was a NEWSCASTER!

Posted by: MarkO | June 16, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

tim russert is the high bar that all journalists should aspire to reach. ive been following politics and the one person i trust to explain it all away for me would be tim. weather it would be stumbling in after a night of partying,working or getting up and gearing up for a afternoon of football, his show was must see tv. if anything he was CC before he was CC.

my opinon on replacing him? well no one should, either have a rotating guest host or just cancel it. anyone that replaces russert is only a pale shadow of the real thing.

rest in peace tim, im sure you have a exclusive interview with jesus lined up already!

Posted by: jay spartan | June 16, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Russert is gone. Meet depressed.

Posted by: Optimyst | June 16, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

You would think 9/11 had just happened all over again....

I knew the "heart attack" excuse was a line of crap when I heard it. They had him moved and autopsied too fast. He died at 3:30pm on a friday afternoon just before Father's Day. How much more dramatic can you make it? Nothing has been said about a funeral. Hillary of all people has had the least to say about his passing. Even Cheney said more in his typical "the little people are worthless, useless eaters" attitude. Cheney is such a condenscending piece of work.

I have never seen in 50 years ANYONE get the attention Russert is getting for having died. No politician, president, criminal, pope, nobody. No one has been able to shut down news for 3 days and running because they died. John Lennon, Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Pope John, PRINCESS DIANA never got this kind of attention. This is extremely unusual. Why if Walter Cronkite died right now I don't think he would get the attention and he is supposed to be the greatest newsman that has ever lived on the face of this earth. That is according to some people.

The fact that the powers that be are allowing Russert to be elevated to near diety level is typical when something more nefarious has been done and they are letting the people lick their wounds and get caught up in the emotion of the moment. I would not be surprised if Russert doesn't reach SAINT status in the catholic church.

To hear everyone talk, he never said a bad word, never had a bad thought, was always kind to women, children and small animals and never thought about himself. He never lied, cursed or was mean or evil. He was truly immortal - IF you listen to everyone talking. No one living is that perfect.

Look at what is happening here and ask yourselves what is really going on that is not being reported on.

Does it matter who they get to replace him? If it was left up to me (which it isn't) I would pick David Shuster just because he had the balls to say on national television that the Clinton regime was "pimping out" daughter Chelsea. That act alone should give Shuster juice in the news arena. No one else had the nerve to do it. Chris Matthews is too intense, Andrea too soft spoken, David Gregory too.......complacent. Keith too outspoken and adversarial and the rest of them too unsuited for the job.

Joe Scarborough reminds me of Rosie O'Donnell and her phoney crush for Tom Cruise...he is the same way with Hillary being his "girlfriend". He barely can make it to his own show with all the time he is taking off right now....just coming back from a month off the air (by the way we were never given a REALl reason why, but on close inspection it looks like he has had a face lift and his hair dyed).

The way I see it I would look to Hillary first since she had the greatest reason for wanting Tim "gone" because he called the race and he didn't call it in her favor, which the Clinton regime is famous for the people they have had eliminated from this world (Vince Foster being the last one publicly identified as a casualty).

Then I would look at Dick Cheney because he has reason for wanting him "gone" because of Scott McClellan's book and the Scooter Libby investigation starting back up and we all know how busy Mr Cheney is with diaper changing & bottle feeding of George Bush in the last days of his empirical reign.

Tim Russert didn't just fall over dead....he had help.

Russert knew the score in Washington and he knew the players and the life expectancy of those who don't go along and get along......someone did not like him....or maybe Tim was just tired of breathing.

Posted by: Wisenheimer | June 16, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

First, my blessings to you all. Tim Russert's expert role as a journalist on Meet the Press inspired me as an American citizen, teacher, and mother. Tim brought to his show a huge variety of big-gun political figures in his career, but the most unique dynamic was his true heart and soul that shined in our family home via our television every Sunday morning. Growing up I was taught that there are two things you should never talk about: politics and religion. I always disagreed with this statement, and I always think of Tim Russert when I make my argument. I think of how he discussed politics with passion, interest, and education. I always thought, "It is our role as citizens to discuss these issues like politics, policy, religion, and cultural diversity. And in what better way to educate and think than to discuss them like Tim Russert---calm, cool, and collected." I always thought of Mr. Russert when my high school students create their own opinions of politics and candidates. As Mr. Russert would, I try to remind them to do their research, their "homework", before they voice their thoughts. Tim Russert's intelligence and talent has made me a better American. I have been educated because of him, from aspects as simple as the electoral votes to the complex issues and policies of war. I can't wait for this year's election, as I will try my best as a citizen to listen to others, do my research, choose a candidate, and get myself to the polls to vote in this historical election. And as I punch my ticket or electronically cast my vote, I will be thinking of Tim Russert and his American pride on a glorious day. I am not certain who will read this e-mail, if anyone, but again, to the Russert Family, the NBC Family, my thoughts, prayers, and gratitude. Thank you so very much for sharing Tim Russert with me, as my Ambassador of Political Education and symbol of American pride.

Posted by: Lauren | June 16, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of the mainstream media, but I always liked Russert. He was fair. He asked the tough questions of both sides. He never overshadowed the guests. He was a lawyer and had excellent cross-examination skills. Despite the tough questions, he came across as genuine and likeable. He can't be replaced, but my suggestion for a successor is Chris Wallace, who has similar skills. But I'm sure NBC considers him poison because he's on Fox.

Posted by: gopjudge | June 16, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

My heart is a bit lighter after reading the posts of persons who know politics and the reporting of it as factual.

NBC/MSNBC is, indeed, the polar opposite of FOX which is the channel most of you are surely comfortable with. I am NOT.

MSNBC/NBC is where I go for political news, punditry. Chris, Keith and others have the same right and privilege of political philosophy as I do.

Tim was registered as an Independent and so is Chris who grew up as a Republican.

Yes, it is obvious to me - I am a Catholic - that both Tim and Chris are Catholic. Our political views reflect our religious views including that ALL religions are respected.

Meet the Press with Tim Russert was the best including going back to Walter Kronkite who was more austere than I enjoyed. Yes, Kronkite was an honest broker and I admired and respected him.

Tim is in a category of his own. I grieve for the loss of this wonderful person.

Even more, I grieve for some of the persons I have read on this blog...pitiful to have this mindset. It is scary for our country.

Hillary and Bill Clinton? They have been treated very well but honestly. The coverage by NBC/MSNBC was - for the most part - 'Right on.'

My view of them was much more negative than anything I heard on these channels from anyone. In fact, I was often frustrated that the facts were not discussed as much as it should have been.
They were treated gently when they did not deserve it, in my opinion.

May Tim's soul rest in peace.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | June 16, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I always felt that Tim Russert was an honest broker (a sentiment that has been shared by most who have eulogized him this weekend).

He was formed by the Catholic and legal educations he received and his early political career with Sen. Moynihan and Gov. Cuomo. But while Russert was shaped by the Catholic religion and the Democratic Party, he maintained - better than anybody currently on television - a high level of objectivity and fairness.

My favorite assessment about Russert this weekend referred to him as a "partisan of truth". Russert was trying to get politicians to put their views on the record. It was thereafter the job of others to dissect those views and form opinions and judgments.

But I most especially appreciated the civility in which Russert conducted his interviews and panels. Rarely was there the invective and pejorative and interruptions which dominate cable news today.

Russert's steady hand will be sorely missed, especially in this era of corporate news and the tendency to overreach.

Russert was THE best in his profession. And while others may fill his chair, none can fill his shoes.

Posted by: Walldog | June 15, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The Huffington Post / 09-01-07: "Since the Dem debate a few days ago a lot of people have understandably been taking shots at Tim Russert for his often small-minded 'gotcha' questions and his constant references to Bill Clinton. Some Hillary backers are seething about Russert; indeed, in a conference call with big donors, Hillary pollster Mark Penn and other supporters repeatedly griped about Russert's approach, with one supporter saying that he 'should be shot.' It's worth noting, however, that there's a long history here. Russert has been trying to catch out Hillary with 'gotcha' questions about Bill and other things for years now - in fact, his efforts to do this date all the way back to Hillary's first Senate campaign in 2000. And then, as now, the Hillary folks were mighty pissed off with him. The bad blood goes way back:" http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | June 15, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The Huff Post is to the left of the Kennedys.

Sorry Russert died.

Posted by: RPT and JW | June 15, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Some pretty poor lists are coming down about who should replace Russert. I wanted to see the far left's, so I went to the print media's No. 1 pro-Obama spinners, The Huffington Post. I'm a liberal, but have no respect for the "journalism" of that publication. The Huffington bloggers' list is just what you'd suspect. Very scary. They chose personalities form the worst of the history of NBC and MSNBC. If you want to know which OTHER journalists are biased for Obama, check The Huffington Post any time. By the way, NO journalist should be biased for ANY candidate. The only thing worse than a biased journalist is a self-serving egomaniac. The H Post likes that type, too. They want a woman as new Meet the Press moderator, but that's the only thing they're right about. A stopped clock is right twice a day.

We need an unbiased, brilliant, serious, accomplished journalist to take Meet the Press in a strong and fair direction.

Posted by: ObjectiveLiberal | June 15, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"What I saw disappointed me. What I saw recently about him especially bothered me. He simply lacked the neutrality. He took sides. He did hatchet and hit work. He did political bidding for who he favored. That can be said about the entire network he worked for and most others like Steve Capps, Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others did the same attacks, spins and hit-work in the name of journalism. But these people pretend that they are "news reporters and journalists." But they are propegandists and publicists working for politicians in exchange for future favors and access. He's was much like another Bill O'Riely. And all these people are part of the corrupt, self-congratulating, self promoting, crooked American institution called Washington Media Establishment. These individuals have diminished and if not destroyed the most critical role of the "free press" must play in a democracy such as ours. Tim Russert was part of that crookedness. We all know that Tim Rissert went after Sen. Hillary Clinton with vengeance and determination cut her down, diminish her. In fact NBC's own SNL satirized Russert's nastiness!"

Another excellent, and pointedly honest account about the nastiness and arrogance of Tim Russert, masquerading as honest journalism. But of course, Cilizza can't see that, because, like Russert, he is Catholic, so they stick together like glue, right?

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 15, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Why ever would you ask your readers to keep their comments positive? Because of fear of death, that's why. Our culture tells us not to speak ill of the dead.
Russert was a most interesting journalist. But in the view of this journalist, not a very good one. An affable, smiling man, he nevertheless seemed more driven by his own ego than a journalist's search for the truth. He was the past master of gotcha journalism.
And his religiosity was cloying to a non-theist. More than once he declined to answer letters from prominent secularists asking him to present opposing views on the subject of religion, a topic he seemed to relish.
Russert was obviously a good man in many ways, and we need more of his kind. But we need no more of his kind of journalist."

I couldn't agree more with the above comments-Russert was an arrogant, overly wealthy yacking TV personality, elevated to the status of God, he wasn't a good journalist, only egotistical, very very egotistical, as all the inside the Beltway journalists tend to be.

I notice that Ciliezza removed posts on this blog that were anything less than adoring, anything less than wailing and beating the breasts for the god Russert kind of post.

That sure as hell doesn't say much for YOUR journalistic integrity, Ciliezza.

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 15, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Further troubling information about Russert's apparently showboat-y, too many outside interests to be a good doctor internist-DR. MICHAEL NEWMAN. DC:

From Wikipedia:

"Russert's long time "friend" and physician, Dr. Michael Newman, said that he had asymptomatic coronary artery disease that was controlled with medication and exercise and that he had performed well on a stress test in late April. An autopsy performed on the day of his death determined that his history of coronary artery disease led to sudden cardiac death with the immediate cause being an occlusive coronary thrombus in the left anterior descending artery, resulting from a ruptured cholesterol plaque."

FIRST PROBLEM: An internist who is a "long time friend" IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT, BECAUSE THAT CROSSES BOUNDARIES ABOUT DUTIES TO THE PATIENT AND BEING A FRIEND WHERE YOU DON'T WANT TO GET TOO INSISTENT OR INTRUSIVE WITH YOUR "PATIENT/FRIEND" ABOUT A COURSE OF TREATMENT-THAT'S TROUBLE SIGN NO. 1 WITH NEWMAN.

TROUBLE SIGN NUMBER 2: From the website www.physicians for human rights.org:

Advocate and Mentor

"Michael Newman is a practicing internist in Washington, D.C., but he doesn't confine his expertise to office hours. Dr. Newman has been a staunch supporter of human rights and PHR for nearly two decades.:

"As a long-time member of PHR's Asylum Network, Dr. Newman has evaluated, treated and assisted numerous survivors of torture and other human rights violations and provided medical evidence to substantiate claims of torture and abuse at asylum hearings.

In addition to evaluating asylum seekers himself, he serves as a mentor to health professionals who are new to the Asylum Network."

CONCLUSION? ADMIRABLE, DR. NEWMAN, BUT HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT IT MIGHT BE A REAL GOOD IDEA TO IN FACT CONFINE YOUR "EXPERTISE" TO OFFICE HOURS ONLY?
I WANT A GOOD FULL TIME INTERNIST, NOT SOMEONE FARTING AROUND WITH ALL THESE OTHER ISSUES, SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE THE TIME TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST IN MEDICAL TREATMENTS, ETC. AND PATIENTS HEALTH HISTORIES. IT SOUNDS STRONGLY LIKE YOU WERE WAY TOO BUSY WITH YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTS TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DAY JOB PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES! DOING HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES IS FINE, BUT WHEN DOES A GOOD INTERNIST WHO CARES ABOUT BEING A GOOD DR. TO HIS PATIENTS HAVE TIME TO DO ALL THAT? THE ANSWER IS THEY DON'T. SO THIS TELLS ME RIGHT HERE THAT NEWMAN SOUNDS LESS THAN FULLY COMMITTED TO HIS JOB, WHICH IS NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR HIS PATIENTS.

TROUBLE POINT NO. 3-NOTE WHAT DR. NEWMAN (WHO BY THE WAY, SEEMS TO REALLY LOVE AND WANT TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, LIKE HIS FAMOUS "FRIEND" RUSSERT)-SAID AFTER RUSSERT'S AUTOPSY-HE SAID "HE HAD PERFORMED WELL ON HIS STRESS TEST."

UH, DR. NEWMAN, DID YOU EVER THINK OF ORDERING A HEART SCAN ON RUSSERT, GIVEN THAT HE HAD CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE? OR WERE YOU TOO BUSY WITH SEXY HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES TO NOTICE YOUR PATIENT' NEEDS? WELL, READ THIS, SINCE YOU SEEM TO BE TOO BUSY TO CARRY OUT YOUR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES PROPERLY!

From the book "Track your Plaque"

Can cholesterol tell you whether you have hidden plaque lining your coronary arteries?

No. Cholesterol does not tell you whether or not coronary plaque is present. It's just one among many causes of coronary plaque. Can you have a heart attack with low cholesterol? Absolutely. Can you have high cholesterol yet survive to age 95 with 18 great-grandchildren and never have a stitch of heart disease? No doubt about it.

How about stress tests? Don't they detect hidden coronary plaque?

No, again. Stress tests are a measure of blood flow to the heart, abnormal only when flow is substantially reduced. Blockages occupying 80-90% of the diameter of arteries are detectable on a stress test. The problem is that 90% of people with hidden (asymptomatic) coronary plaque will have entirely normal stress tests--yet are still at risk for heart attack. In fact, most people fated to suffer heart attack in the next year have normal stress tests.


That's what heart scans do--DETECT CORONARY ARTERY PLAQUE better, faster, and easier than any other test available.

"We now know that 95% to 99% of the heart disease occurs at sites WITHOUT artery narrowing. Thus, the old tests we perform to detect narrowing and blockages have really misled us. We miss over 95% of the heart disease that causes heart attacks."

Dr. Steve Nissen
The Cleveland Clinic


IN SUM NEWMAN SOUNDS LIKE ONE LOUSY, MAYBE EVEN NEGLIGENT DR., AND IF I WERE THE RUSSERTS, I'D BE GETTING TR'S MEDICAL RECORDS FROM HIS "FRIEND" AND HAVING A GOOD MED MAL LAWYER LOOK IT OVER FOR LEGAL ACTION. RUSSERT SHOULD BE ALIVE TODAY, AND IF HE HAD a REAL INTERNIST, I KNOW HE WOULD BE, BECAUSE THE FIRST THING A GOOD

Posted by: Arrabbiato | June 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

YA! Basta! Enough about Tim Russert. Why do all so called reporters have to remember Tim Russert along with his uneven & unfair picks of Presidential nominees for the past 8 years. These accolades from so- called journalist are a pat on the back for each of 'em which doesn't impress me any. Just wish we had real reporters in this country who don't have such inflated egos as seen amongst 'em! My condolences to his family but sorry on all this reporting about his character having nothing to do with how most saw him as a journalist. Please get on with world news for a change & stop this journalism idolization 'cos I doubt Russert would even like it!

Posted by: EMC | June 15, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

When we found out about Tim's passing, there was profound sadness in our house; he was "our" political analyst. We could always count on Tim to explain what we needed to know in a simple, down-to-earth manner. After listening to the Today Show yesterday that was dedicated to his life, I realized that he was not just a great newsman, but he was also a great man. So I wrote a post called "Leadership Lesson From Tim Russert" in my Customer Experience Matters blog (http://experiencematters.wordpress.com/).

Posted by: Bruce Temkin | June 15, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

There's an old line in journalism that may apply to those critiquing Tim Russert about bias.

"Don't blame the messenger for the message."

Journalists sometimes are lousy. But journalism as a whole, even the best, will ALWAYS be critiqued because it involves the truth. People don't like the truth. They like their own version of the truth, especially with 1000s of blogs and media outlets ready to suit every individual taste.

When supporters of XYZ candidate are confronted with a truth about their candidate that makes them uncomfortable, they attack the journalist for bringing it forth rather than for taking a hard look at their candidate and themselves instead.

We're living in a world with an array of alternative universes in which everyone lives within their own version of the truth.

Tim Russert did a better job than most of drawing out the truth, trying to create a common universe (even within the conflicting words of the guests themselves) testing his guests, and forcing them to state their views in the most consistent and truthful way possible.

I believe it's true that MSNBC in particular took a liberal slant and even a pro-Obama slant over the last months. Russert did appear with Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on election coverage. I haven't watched all of that enough to be able to state definitively from my perspective whether or not he was drawn into their biases. I'll leave that for others to hash out.

I do think, however, that on Meet the Press he really was impartial.

Posted by: Jon | June 14, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I am so saddened by some of the comments that I see here today. No one is perfect but I believe Tim Russert tried his very best every day to cover politics fairly and honestly. Most of all, without someone like him, those who hold true power would continue to stonewall and breeze past softball questions. I respect Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Mccain and they all deep down respected Tim Russert. Unfortunately the outcome in the primaries did not favor Hillary, but I can't believe she would want her supporters dancing on a person's grave. Anyone who believes in God cannot get joy out of demonizing someone in death.

Posted by: OneLove08 | June 14, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

In my view Tim was a giant among regular men. He did not let anyone spin MTP. His questions took every guest off their stump speech and held them accountable to how they really governed 'we the people'. And we listened, and learned, and laughed, and yelled and basked in the glory of being in the same America as Tim. The same one that shows the brillance of the founding fathers' Constitution every day.

I'm deeply deeply saddened by his passing. I just hope my own generation just 15 years younger can live up to the standards he set for himself. Thanks Tim for caring and sharing. We'll miss you.

Posted by: Paul H - Sudbury, MA | June 14, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Ugh--Obama.
Ugh-Tim Russert, who lost all of his credibility when he shilled for a particular candidate (BO) this cycle.

He wanted BO because he wanted the "historic" story, but it would have been MORE historic if it was a woman elected. A completely different set of parts, and way of thinking.
What's so historic about Obama? Because his SKIN is black? So?
The fact is, he's still a man, and down deep, Russert and his gang at NBC and MSNBC couldn't handle it being a woman in the White House.
Real men aren't afraid of a woman as leader of the free world.
'nuff said.

Am sorry for his kid and his dad though.

Posted by: Nobama08 | June 14, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Time Russert was the consummate professional, fair and direct! Watching him gave you a better understanding of the issues as well as the people he was interviewing! His commentary before, during and after the debates was striking in its candor and professionalism. Having watching MTP for 10 years, I would make sure that I was up every Sunday to catch what it was he was talking about (even last Sunday's 8 am show!!) He was an amazing personality who you could trust when he spoke. During my short life on this earth there has not been one TV personality that I felt I could completely trust, except for Mr. Russert. He never came across as having an agenda and he never did "gotcha" journalism. I am sure his family & the NBC family will miss him, but so will the millions of people that he touched simply by going on TV each Sunday and doing what he did best! Mr. Russert, thank you for touching my life. Now, I can just imagine the MTP roundtable you will be performing in heaven!! Thank you, thank you very much sir!! You will be missed.....

Posted by: James, Philadelphia | June 14, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Ugh--Obama.
Ugh-Tim Russert, who lost all of his credibility when he shilled for a particular candidate (BO) this cycle.

He wanted BO because he wanted the "historic" story, but it would have been MORE historic if it was a woman elected. A completely different set of parts, and way of thinking.
What's so historic about Obama? Because his SKIN is black? So?
The fact is, he's still a man, and down deep, Russert and his gang at NBC and MSNBC couldn't handle that fact.
Real men aren't afraid of a woman as leader of the free world.
'nuff said.

Am sorry for his kid and his dad though.


Posted by: Nobama08 | June 14, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was by far my favorite political journalist/analyst. To say he was sharp yet fair would simply be a tremendous understatement. I, along with millions of other viewers, will miss him sorely. As for his accurate and dead-on prediction after the N.C. and Indiana primaries regarding Obama essentially clinching the Dem nomination with those two victories, I had predicted the same thing much sooner than that. I told my wife and all my friends that Hillary was basically toast after Obama slaughtered her in the Iowa caucus. Think about it - Iowa is the whitest place on Earth this side of the North Pole!

Posted by: dimplesouth | June 14, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

That's right, blame anybody but NBC-MSNBC for it's unprecedentedly biased political coverage. If political reporters played any biased role, that's too much bias.

Posted by: NoBlame | June 14, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Now who would call themselves a Bloombuddy in a blog? As in Bloomberg? Obama talks about the billionaire for his VP. It's an Obama blogger. I guess we're all silly. NBC will let Obama pick the next Meet the Press anchor for consistency. McCain is doomed, just as was Hillary. I wondered what the Hillary attack was about because I'd just read the blogs and, generally, they weren't discussing Hillary.

Posted by: ReplyToBloombuddy | June 14, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't finish reading this page. Many of the comments sickened me, even if yesterday's coverage on MSNBC perhaps threatened to push me into a hyperglycemic coma, this is far, far worse.

Like everyone else, Tim Russert was a human being, with human faults and weaknesses. Not a saint, but not the "hatchetman" some who have called him.

And for pity's sake, PLEASE get over this Hillary nonsense! If you do the Math, you'll see that Russert was perfectly right in saying after Indiana and So. Carolina that Obama had the nomination wrapped up. I was a Hillary supporter, and I still think she would make a better President than Obama, but if you want to blame someone, blame Mark Penn for his badly flawed strategy!

But back to Russert. He was a great newsman, a great--and remarkably evenhanded--moderator of MTP, and I sincerely will miss him. He left us way too soon. I certainly hope that none of the terrible comments on this blog will be read by his family!

Incidentally, I also vote for Chuck Todd as--if not a replacement--the new moderator of MTP, but AFTER the election!

Posted by: Bloombuddy | June 14, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

UPI just released a story saying NBC is considering oh-God-no Chris Matthews, David Gregory and Joe Scarborough to head Meet the Press. Guess nobody at NBC reads public reaction. America has said in the past 24 hours in hundreds of comments on this very Post story - NO to Chris and David. They are part of Russert's pro-Obama political team that is bringing NBC to its ethical knees.

Joe is OK and tries to be fair, but too right wing. NBC: the world is saying, we want nothing to do with your biased political team. We want nothing to do with MSNBC. Pick a real journalist from your real network who was not part of Russert's agenda. Read the comments below that have run for 24 hours. NBC has lost its political way. Don't give us more of the same people.

Posted by: jay and rheta | June 14, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous (no guts),

"The moral of the Timm Russert story: hostility, woman-hating, meaness, nastiness, can kill you!"

I disagree strongly with your assessment of Russert. He was a hard-nosed reporter seeking to challenge everyone. But, I won't bother with that. The tone of your remarks match the same words you use about Russert.

Hostile
(Russert)-hating
Meanness
Can kill YOU!

Posted by: Jon | June 14, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I will miss Tim Russert so very much.My prayers goes out to his family. He was a sincerely honest person and we nneed more like him in our country.

Posted by: Millie Brooks | June 14, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Tim died and know he was a wonderful son and father, so I read.

But he abused his power to change the course of a US Presidential primary to satisfy his own wishes. A woman needs to head Meet the Press -- a woman who has nothing to do with Tim's Obama campaign of biased news. Eliminate the entire list of biased journalists already discussed by Americans in this blog. They truly are sad.

Posted by: Jelle | June 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jean | June 14, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I grew up watching Tim Russert on Meet the Press. As a college student and journalist, I attribute my passion for politics largely to the fact that I would get up and watch Russert grilling the most prominent politicians each Sunday morning. My mom, who has been a religious follower of the show for years, told me that the one thing she wanted me to do in life was be on Meet the Press.

Tim Russert was an inspiration, and one of the greatest political journalists of our time. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Emily | June 14, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Can supporting Barck Obama be bad for your health?

Posted by: duckduckgoose | June 14, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The moral of the Timm Russert story: hostility, woman-hating, meaness, nastiness, can kill you!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

On Sundays my 92-year old father who has been about politics his whole life will invariably ask, "Did you see Russert this morning?"

In a town where there are so many shallow people, who are so ready to lavish false praise on others of their ilk, Russert's genuineness was evidenced the breadth of people who had virtually the same positive things to say about him over and over. The stories are all remarkably similar.

I feel sorry for those posters who fail to grasp that anybody interested in politics in this country who had a TV had a gift in him, and we were lucky to have had it for 17 years.

I'll miss him and so will my father.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | June 14, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad for Russert's family - but the the critical act of his career was his enabling of the Bush/Cheney rush to war

From the WaPo 1/2007

In Ex-Aide's Testimony, A Spin Through VP's PR

Flashed on the courtroom computer screens were her notes from 2004 about how Cheney could respond to allegations that the Bush administration had played fast and loose with evidence of Iraq's nuclear ambitions. Option 1: "MTP-VP," she wrote, then listed the pros and cons of a vice presidential appearance on the Sunday show. Under "pro," she wrote: "control message."

"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used," Martin testified. "It's our best format."
In Ex-Aide's Testimony, A Spin Through VP's PR

Flashed on the courtroom computer screens were her notes from 2004 about how Cheney could respond to allegations that the Bush administration had played fast and loose with evidence of Iraq's nuclear ambitions. Option 1: "MTP-VP," she wrote, then listed the pros and cons of a vice presidential appearance on the Sunday show. Under "pro," she wrote: "control message."

"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used," Martin testified. "It's our best format."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

(the link to the article was taken down from the WaPo server around mid-day today)

Time and again, Russert allowed Cheney unchallenged airtime to lie about Iraqi WMD and Iraqi links to Al Quaeda.

In court during the Scooter Libby trial, Russert acknowledged the extraordinary privileges of anonymity and pre-broadcast reveiw he afforded Cheney and his handlers.

I don't say this to knock the man. It's his legacy, and should be included in our rememberence of him. He made the choices he made, and was well-compensated in return

Posted by: al75 | June 14, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What is sad is not so much the death of Tim Russert who will be greatly missed, but the sick response from several little minds on the this web site. I guess when you have nothing, you take pleasure in the misfortune of others.

My best to the Russert family and his friends. While I did not always agree with Mr. Russert, my Sunday mornings will not be the same.

Posted by: fjDC | June 14, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he didn't have Dr. Paul on -- Paul perhaps could've save his life.

Posted by: info | June 14, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
I too loved Tim Russert. I was compelled to write a piece about him yesterday

http://www.livebreatheanddie.com

He was a real person, never arrogant or pompous in any respect. He was grounded and had his priorities in exactly the right order. Very few in his profession, and certainly fewer who have reached that level of success, can claim those traits.

Tim always did his homework and did a great job of putting his guests in the hotseat. Despite this, he was fair and personable and let his guests know their appearance was appreciated.

Tim's quick wit, all-American outlook and humble demeanor will be sorely missed. It is hard to imagine that the network will be able to replace him with anyone possessing the same qualities.

He rose to the top of his profession, held a law degree and sat down with presidents and world leaders, but he was still a blue-collar regular kind of guy at heart.

I was shocked hearing the news of his premature departure. The millions of people in his extended family have lost a good friend and brother.

Posted by: truthteller | June 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It sounds as if Russert completed taping of the Meet the Press episode that was planned for this Sunday, including Joe Biden.

Robert Novak is reporting that Joe Biden has been at the top of the list for VP in the inner circle. If that's true, perhaps Russert had the same information. Timely that he would have Biden on as an Obama supporter for his final would-be broadcast.

Posted by: Jon | June 14, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

If I were Keith Olbermann, I would go down on my knees, with tears in my eyes, promising that I never do it again, promising to be a "truthful and respectable journlist," and publiclily beg Hillary Clinton for forgiveness, before the Goddess struck him down too, just like it happened to Tim Russert!

Posted by: | June 14, 2008 10:47 AM
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The entire NBC/MSNBC political team needs to scheduled a mass confession on Sunday.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

May God Bless his family for their loss. He was a gifted and inspiring man.
http://youngdemocratsforchange.com

Posted by: Suzanne | June 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Katie Kuric is absolutely right!
Keith Olbamann is absolutely wrong, again.
And Tim Russert is dead!
Hillary Clinton doesn't want crooked journalists people like Tim Russert, Keith Olbermann or Maureen Dowd. These people belong to the same" lunatic fringe" likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Rielly and rightwing "nuts" littering the American media. Tim Russert did a great disservice to our country, to say the least! He was a big player in the corrupt "Washington Media establishment." I completely agree. Our media is full of corruption. This includes ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, The Washington Post and many, many other news organizations, throughout the country. But Time Russert and his MSNBC and NBC stood out like sore thumb. Their relentless and shameful attacks on Sen. Hillary Clinton are one of the best examples, how one-sided, devious and corrupt the media is today. Unfortunately Senator Barack Obama has the beneficiary of such corruptions. If Sen. Obama really wants to reform anything all he has to do is look at his own supporters in the media, Tim Russert. Don't look else, Sen. Obama where if you want change, look at yourself, and look in your own back yard! This corrupt and devious group includes people like Tim Russert. People like him are trashing our journalistic standards. They masquerade as reporters of true events and purveyors of information and analysis but they are vicious political hatchet men for corrupt politicians like Barack Obama. This is a huge aberration to American sense of fair-play. This is what Scott McClellan was trying hard to say in his book. He referred to people like Russert as "Complacent Enablers." If you think Barack Obama is going to "change" you are sadly mistaken and Barack Obama has only benefited from such corruptions!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

My Lord's strength be with your family during these troubling times, especially.

Rest in peace now, Tim. You have tapped into the hearts and minds of many, and you have accomplished so much. You are freed from your ailment, but you will be missed. We thank you for your contribution. We thank you for simply who you were.

To Tim Russert, who has definitely helped to set the standard. (Cheers) We acknowledge that there is only one you, Tim. We could only hope that one attempts to come close to delivering your style of work, with such energy and passion as you had. Thank you. God be with you.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My Lord's strength be with your family during these troubling times, especially.

Rest in peace now, Tim. You have tapped into the hearts and minds of many, and you have accomplished so much. You are freed from your ailment, but you will be missed. We thank you for your contribution. We thank you for simply who you were.

To Tim Russert, who has definitely helped to set the standard. (Cheers) We acknowledge that there is only one you, Tim. We could only hope that one attempts to come close to delivering your style of work, with such energy and passion as you had. Thank you. God be with you.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 14, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"I have a profound interest in American politics. But I can't be so hypocritical as to say good things about Tim Russert. As far as I am concerned he simply lacked sense of fairness to be a great American journalist. I know people are falling all over the place, telling this and that about Tim Russert. But I think people exaggerate his goodness for the most part to be nice to him at his death. And what's been said about him seemes is empty, sentimental fiction. I only saw him though a small window of MSNBC News and NBC's "Meet the Press" program. What I saw disappointed me. What I saw recently about him especially bothered me. He simply lacked the neutrality. He took sides. He did hatchet and hit work. He did political bidding for who he favored. That can be said about the entire network he worked for and most others like Steve Capps, Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others did the same attacks, spins and hit-work in the name of journalism. But these people pretend that they are "news reporters and journalists." But they are propegandists and publicists working for politicians in exchange for future favors and access. He's was much like another Bill O'Riely. And all these people are part of the corrupt, self-congratulating, self promoting, crooked American institution called Washington Media Establishment. These individuals have diminished and if not destroyed the most critical role of the "free press" must play in a democracy such as ours. Tim Russert was part of that crookedness. We all know that Tim Rissert went after Sen. Hillary Clinton with vengeance and determination cut her down, diminish her. In fact NBC's own SNL satirized Russert's nastiness! As far as I am concerned that's all I really remember about Tim Russert. I hope you know other good things about him, unfortunately, I don't.
I don't even quite know how I feel at his sudden death, but I want to offer my sympathies to his family".

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I agree, as do several people I've talked to, with this assessment of Mr. Russert.
While he might have been a nice man to family and friends, the word we used to describe him was "hatchet man".
It's not really a career to be proud of when you spent your famous-ness to insult and tear others down.
I'm sure that in the political world he made and has plenty of enemies.
He showed his bias frequently, and that is not good journalism.

Posted by: journalist? | June 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd, after Tim Russert; doing the same thing over and over excepting a differt result? Why can't we find an American journalist with fairness,intergrity and skill? If Chuck Todd is all we can think of America is in worse shape than you think!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

To Tim Russert ...(cheers)

Rest in peace now, freed of your ailment.

May the strength of my Lord be with your family, especially during mourning of this significant loss.

Thank you Tim

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 14, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I used to find these comment boards and blogs at the WP very much entertaining. I have slowly come to realize there are a lot of nutty and downright mean people who regularly post. It debases discussion, humor, or simply kills the spirit and tone of the moment. It has become an ugly place to be. This is my last public post at WP.

Thanks Chris, especially for the tee-shirt I received yesterday! Keep up the good work, all you WP guys.

Posted by: johng1 | June 14, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

If I were Keith Olbermann, I would go down on my knees, with tears in my eyes, promising that I never do it again, promising to be a "truthful and respectable journlist," and publiclily beg Hillary Clinton for forgiveness, before the Goddess struck him down too, just like it happened to Tim Russert!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I have a profound interest in American politics. But I can't be so hypocritical as to say good things about Tim Russert. As far as I am concerned he simply lacked sense of fairness to be a great American journalist. I know people are falling all over the place, telling this and that about Tim Russert. But I think people exaggerate his goodness for the most part to be nice to him at his death. And what's been said about him seemes is empty, sentimental fiction. I only saw him though a small window of MSNBC News and NBC's "Meet the Press" program. What I saw disappointed me. What I saw recently about him especially bothered me. He simply lacked the neutrality. He took sides. He did hatchet and hit work. He did political bidding for who he favored. That can be said about the entire network he worked for and most others like Steve Capps, Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others did the same attacks, spins and hit-work in the name of journalism. But these people pretend that they are "news reporters and journalists." But they are propegandists and publicists working for politicians in exchange for future favors and access. He's was much like another Bill O'Riely. And all these people are part of the corrupt, self-congratulating, self promoting, crooked American institution called Washington Media Establishment. These individuals have diminished and if not destroyed the most critical role of the "free press" must play in a democracy such as ours. Tim Russert was part of that crookedness. We all know that Tim Rissert went after Sen. Hillary Clinton with vengeance and determination cut her down, diminish her. In fact NBC's own SNL satirized Russert's nastiness! As far as I am concerned that's all I really remember about Tim Russert. I hope you know other good things about him, unfortunately, I don't.
I don't even quite know how I feel at his sudden death, but I want to offer my sympathies to his family.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

To the poster Beth Martin at June 14, 2008 9:17 AM


Don't you think that the potential BRAIN DAMAGE TO OBAMA FROM COCAINE USE should be an issue in the campaign?


Former drug users experience all sorts of health problems, many times years after they have stopped using drugs.


Crack cocaine is know to put holes in people's brains and the fabric of their brain cells - Has Obama told us if he used regular cocaine or crack cocaine or both?


So Beth Martin, don't you think that these questions are a great deal more important than the one you bring up?


Thank you all for your consideration of this matter. Maybe we should get a cat-scan of Obama's brain to see if the cocaine has affected his ability to think clearly - I have my doubts to be honest - he may not be the same person who went to Harvard - from Harvard to William Ayers to Rev. Jeremiah Wright - with drug use along the way.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

To the poster Beth Martin at June 14, 2008 9:17 AM


Don't you think that the potential BRAIN DAMAGE TO OBAMA FROM COCAINE USE should be an issue in the campaign?


Former drug users experience all sorts of health problems, many times years after they have stopped using drugs.


Crack cocaine is know to put holes in people's brains and the fabric of their brain cells - Has Obama told us if he used regular cocaine or crack cocaine or both?


So Beth Martin, don't you think that these questions are a great deal more important than the one you bring up?


Thank you all for your consideration of this matter. Maybe we should get a cat-scan of Obama's brain to see if the cocaine has affected his ability to think clearly - I have my doubts to be honest - he may not be the same person who went to Harvard - from Harvard to William Ayers to Rev. Jeremiah Wright - with drug use along the way.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


NBC ANNOUNCES WORDS OF WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET WILL CO-HOST MEET THE PRESS


Obama camp in disarray


Axelrod said to be "livid" complains NBC is turning on him, says that he is personally hurt by decision.

Plouffe says NBC decision is "like a stab in the back from a close friend."

Michigan and Florida Voters Cheer Decision - Celebrations in the Streets of Lansing and Miami.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Tim Russert will be sorely missed.

I think Chuck Todd comes across really well and would be a great replacement for Tim Russert. His analysis of the numbers is always phenomenal. He doesn't come across vehement and partisan. He is a news junkie, which like Tim Russert, made the news so fun. And he most certainly works hard and does his research. You always feel you are drawn in by what Chuck Todd says. Chuck Todd always seems excited by politics and getting to the facts.

I think Chuck Todd would be phenomenal. He has than "non-phony" je ne sais quoi! That non-phony quality that Big Russ would approve of. I feel he has a similar quality to Tim. And he would provide interesting insight and questions as opposed to the hackneyed "phrase of the day" questions so many of the other journalists repeat all day. He is a thinker and MTP needs a thinker.

Posted by: lilnai | June 14, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I did live in DC from 2004 until 2007 and then returned to Europe...While in your beatiful capital, I began to watch MTP and became hooked right away by Mr. Russert´s style and intelligence. After having left DC, I went on to watch MTP´s weekly netcasts. He was a great journalist, and many times I have wondered why we did not have anybody of his kind in Europe. I now think that free journalism like the one exercised by Mr. Russert marks the real difference between nominal and real democracies. My heartfelt condolences go to his family now.

Posted by: Fern | June 14, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Chris, thank you for your thoughtful, touching, and compassionate reflections of your experiences with Tim Russert. Since he, Tim Russert, can no longer explain, present, or clarify any of the thoughts shared here himself, we have only the observations of people who knew him to help us "get to know him better."

For those who choose to characterize Tim in any objectionable way, when he cannot confirm or contradict their charaterizations, I am truly saddened. They dishonor themselves by showing no compassion for the loss of those who loved him: his family, friends, and associates.

Comments such as yours, Chris, help the healing process with honor, respect, and truth both personally and professionally.

Posted by: HighHopes | June 14, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

someone dies, and all the creeps can do is attempt to make witty, stupid, insipid, moronic political hay from it... and to godiswatching...
indeed he/she is and takes notes of idiotic non-prophets such as yourself...

another human being dies and instead of expressing prayers of hopes for his family, the lowest trash from the cesspool of human existence spouts drival...

shame on all of you!

RIP Tim

Posted by: easyenough | June 14, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Should Cindy McCain's Brain Damage Be A Campaign Issue?

I don't know whether Americans care if the First Lady is mentally disabled - that's a question for McCain's pollsters. What I want to know is why McCain would even subject his poor wife to the rigors of a presidential campaign and worldwide scrutiny in the first place. The question speaks directly to McCain's personal cruelty and unbridled ambition.

Although the true extent of the brain damage has not been publicly disclosed, Cindy McCain's 2004 stroke is not a secret.

In a very flattering September 2007 interview in More, Paul Alexander wrote about the stroke damage:

"In conversation, she will occasionally have trouble remembering certain facts, especially from the recent past, and if you look closely you realize she cannot make her right hand into a complete fist, which has affected her handwriting, if not her ability to grasp a gearshift knob. "It's not bad," she says, describing the damage to her hand. "I can function. I have short-term memory loss. I can remember all the major details of my life, but I sometimes can't remember what happened last week."

I suspect that John McCain, viewed his wife's stroke more in terms of how it would affect his bid for the presidency than else.

From a January 2005 Larry King show:

"MCCAIN: I was the one at home that everyone came to to program their computers, fix their phones, do anything electrical, technical, anything on the computer. I can't get near it now. I'm overwhelmed by it.

And it's weird for me. And I might also say, I suffer from migraines also. And your last caller that called in -- and I just had an episode about a week and a half ago, where I didn't know, I thought I was having another stroke. It was a different kind of...

KING: Has the senator been very sympathetic?

MCCAIN: Yes. And I -- please don't -- let me explain that. He was very confused in the beginning. He didn't -- like everyone in the family, how could it happen to my wife? I'm 18 years older than she is. It doesn't happen to someone that's younger than you are. So on his behalf, I think he's trying to understand all this. It's a lot for him to take in."

In October 2007, Cindy McCain was hobbling around South Carolina as the result of a fall down in a Phoenix grocery store. Was her fall caused by her brain damage? Is the question any of our business?

Inevitably, the issue of the extent of Cindy McCain's brain damage will enter the public arena. So far, Mrs McCain has only had to field softballs lobbed at her by sympathetic journalists. Can the McCain campaign limit her public appearances to three-minute soundbites until November? I don' think so, not in today's political environment.

Why, Senator McCain, would you do this to your wife?

Posted by: Beth Martin | June 14, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

My first reaction was there is a God who abuse their power and authority. NBC/MSNBC marketed a GE product called Obama to the detriment of Hillary. I would have liked Chris Matthews to be the recipient of some godly punishment

Posted by: | June 14, 2008 7:15 AM

Sadly, what many, many people will remember about Tim Russert is how, in the past few months, he became the face of media bias and sexism in the Obama-Clinton contest. In interviews, his interrogative referential style became a parody of itself as petty "gotcha" questioning and nagging. His leadership in the echo chamber of sexism and partisanship of the NBC news/infotainment culture was sadly prominent, too.

In the past few months, Russert's famous fairness and decency seemed to give way as he became the face of gender disrespect and bias in political media. His influence was so key, and since he was conscious of that, it's hard to believe that he didn't depart from his longstanding principles of balance on purpose.
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My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Sadly it makes you wonder what is going on these past few days - Obama Network News chief passed away in such a shocking way; Des Moines, the city which propelled Obama to the center stage, was hammered by tornado and flood.

Good bless us.

Posted by: God is watching us | June 14, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was a tremendous asset to this nation. No other journalist knew how to hold our elected officials accountable on matters of true importance the way he did. His presence in our political dialogue will be sorely missed.

And I, for one, won't know where to turn during election coverage for the insightful and entertaining commentary Mr. Russert provided.

Rest in peace.

Posted by: ed lahoa | June 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Chris: Excellent thoughts on Tim Russert. Russert hosted my favorite program, he was my favorite TV journalist, and one of my favorite people. A class act. All gone in an instant. Godspeed Tim Russert. You will be missed.

Posted by: maxfli | June 14, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


NBC ANNOUNCES WORDS OF WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET WILL CO-HOST MEET THE PRESS


Obama camp in disarray


Axelrod said to be "livid" complains NBC is turning on him, says that he is personally hurt by decision.

Plouffe says NBC decision is "like a stab in the back from a close friend."

Michigan and Florida Voters Cheer Decision - Celebrations in the Streets of Lansing and Miami.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


NBC ANNOUNCES WORDS OF WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET WILL CO-HOST MEET THE PRESS


Obama camp in disarray


Axelrod said to be "livid" complains NBC is turning on him, says that he is personally hurt by decision.

Plouffe says NBC decision is "like a stab in the back from a close friend."

Michigan and Florida Voters Cheer Decision - Celebrations in the Streets of Lansing and Miami.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm am so so sad, I can't stop crying!...
He was my favorite journalist, I too never missed Meet The Press...
I feel like I lost a close family member, NO, I HAVE LOST A EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER!....
He was the BEST!
He knew what you wanted to know, and asked and challenged the hard question! You KNEW he was not going to leave you wondering! The TRUTH would be told or brought out!

HE WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S JOURNALIST!

He will truly be missed...I send much much Love and Prayers to His Family, Friends and Colleagues.


IN MEMORY: KEEP THE PASSION ALIVE!

Posted by: pam | June 14, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Although my politics lean to the right,I have always respected Mr Russert's professional way he conducted himself and respected his chosen profession.Future journalists should take a mandatory course in Tim Russert. My sincerest condolences to his family. God Bless you Tim.

Posted by: Mike in Sherman Oaks,Ca | June 14, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

"What's wrong with some of you people? I guess it's great sport to malign a man who died less than 12 hours ago. I'll bet you wouldn't say some of this crap to his widow's or son's face. You only have courage in anonymity."

Let them do it. Don't respond. As much as we hate to admit, there still exists racists who take pleasure in the death of good people. Let's just ignore them.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 14, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

"What's wrong with some of you people? I guess it's great sport to malign a man who died less than 12 hours ago. I'll bet you wouldn't say some of this crap to his widow's or son's face. You only have courage in anonymity."

Let them do it. Don't respond. As much as we hate to admit, there still exists racists who take pleasure in the death of good people. Let's just ignore them.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 14, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

God, some of these people TRULY DO need to get a life, outside the TV world, that is! So many people die who have done truly important and heroic things in the world, and the Fourth Estate doesn't give a damn, but oh, one of its own, that's A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY, ISN'T IT POST? THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY, REALLY COULDN'T GIVE A DAMN.

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 14, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I recorded Meet The Press every Sunday. I will miss him very much. He was so good at what he did for us. Thank you, Tim.

Posted by: Mary, San Francisco | June 14, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

I've been robbed...Having only taken an interest in the political arena since the inception of the 2008 Presidential Campaign (By the way, why wasn't Tim Russert a nominee?), and not being a Sunday morning TV viewer, I deeply regret not having had the opportunity to get to "know" this exemplary human being and consummate professional, Mr. Russert, firsthand.
Based on the numerous tributes to him immediately following his passing, by persons great and small, it is evident that our earthly loss is truly Heaven's gain.
RIP, Mr. Russert, and PEACE be with both of your loving families...Those at home AND your workplace.

Posted by: Jacqueline B. Barth | June 14, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I've been robbed...Having only taken an interest in the political arena since the inception of the 2008 Presidential Campaign (By the way, why wasn't Tim Russert a nominee?), and not being a Sunday morning TV viewer, I deeply regret not having had the opportunity to get to "know" this exemplary human being and consummate professional, Mr. Russert, firsthand.
Based on the numerous tributes to him immediately following his passing, by persons great and small, it is evident that our earthly loss is truly Heaven's gain.
RIP, Mr. Russert, and PEACE be with both of your loving families...Those at home AND your workplace.

Posted by: Jacqueline B. Barth | June 14, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

I will miss Mr. Tim Russert.
We have canceled cable for three years now as we could not stand it any more.
But I remember Mr. Russert as a sincere positive person. I could not believe how rude some of the comments are. I wish you would never lose anyone dear to you.

I will have to agree with AgentG's comment on Americans working to death.

Each time we visited national parks, we see more foreigners from Europe or Canada than our own. And, they said they were going to another country after ours. The one excuse is that corporations must stay competitive. It may take a government to mandate at least three week leave to keep our society sane and healthy.

The other thing is that the application of optimization technique for business may be a problem. Our business operation model doesn't consider the cost of such a great loss. We must consider both quantitative and qualitative models together. There are many important variables that cannot be quantized. German companies do not all fall for the same business model we use here. They don't outsource everything for max profits. They look for a more balanced solution for a reasonable profit for the whole society in the long term, not the maximal profit for the corporation just for the current quarter.

We all know the busier you are, the more important regular exercise is to your health, but it takes time. Stress is a silent killer.

My condolences to the Russert Family for such a sudden loss! I am with you.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I was saddened to hear about Tim Russert. May I make a suggestion about a possible fund for Tim: In this day and age, when so much is known about heart attack prevention, and when we have surgery for blocked arteries that could have saved Tim Russert, why don't we have regular health screenings for heart blockages in place for all Americans beginning at a certain age? Is this something Tim's family or co-workers would be willing to campaign for? Let's not see Tim die in vain for something that could have been prevented.

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 14, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

May the Angels lead you to Heaven.

RIP

Posted by: DoodleyBob | June 14, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

We like Tim, but did think he got biased in this 2008 primary. Obama was sainted and Hillary kicked. Bless him anyway today.

We want say that it only would be fitting to replace Russert on Meet the Press with a woman journalist. It's high time. It's also good Karma, after Russert's political team and MSNBC (as countless folks said here) attacked HIllary Clinton like a blood sport. The only sexist woman we can think of is Nancy Pelosi. It would help make sure NBC becomes fair again. (But we don't want ANY part of Tim's old political team, male or female, we also agree.) You all are very wise.

Posted by: The NSInfo news team | June 14, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with some of you people? I guess it's great sport to malign a man who died less than 12 hours ago. I'll bet you wouldn't say some of this crap to his widow's or son's face. You only have courage in anonymity.

Your parents must be so proud.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 14, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I had the opportunity to see Russert speak at my university only a few weeks ago. He truly did seem like a kind, humorous soul and was very generous with his time to those of us in the audience. The impression I got of him was that he really, really loved politics and policy and took his job very seriously. He also mentioned his son and father a few times over the course of the lecture - and truly seemed to be a devoted family man. I'll definitely miss him on Sunday mornings.

Posted by: xlf4756 | June 14, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

One down--

Well said.
Not everyone liked what Russert became during this primary season.
Truly blatant sexism shown by all MBC/MSNBC pundits, including the esteemed Russert. In fact, the others (Olbermann, Matthews) took their cues from him.

Posted by: james | June 14, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Goodbye, Tim. And only 58. :(

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 14, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Go Bills

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Am thankful I will not have to hear him waxing and waning over Obama. There is a certain irony to Mr. Russert's death; after all, he was a component of the three-headed MSNBC monster whose unbridled, sexist assault against Sen. Clinton was found to be unbelievable - this will be his legacy for many. I can understand that Obama is grief-stricken as he has lost one of his loudest endorsers. To say how fair Russert was in his attacks is like saying Ted Kennedy was heroic in his attempt to save Mary Jo Kopeckne (he waited 9 hrs. to report her death in his car). Now that the MSNBC monster has lost one of its heads, will the remaining two, Matthews and Olberman, be strong enough to help carry out the anointment of Barack Obama? I'm sure Mr. Russert would like us to call it like we see it.

Posted by: One Down | June 14, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Tim's early passing is a great loss to the nation. I do not have a TV, but I recognized through the Internet what an important journalist Tim was.

However, this event brings up some important points. For one, those of you out there claiming to 'know' Tim and having 'spent time with' Tim really need to get a mental health evaluation. TELEVISION IS NOT ALIVE, IT DOES NOT PROVIDE YOU WITH A REAL RELATIONSHIP !! Perhaps, this applies to the MAJORITY of the USA.

Secondly, this goes out to his son, who I do not know. I have read that the Russert family recently returned from a vacation in Italy. Since I remember seeing Tim on last Sunday's MTP, the family vacation could not have been a very long one. As it turns out, Tim probably needed at least 2-3 weeks of quality, relaxing vacation time TO SAVE HIS LIFE!! How many others out there are working themselves to death -- for what !! I believe Lukas Russert could be the most effective person to promote a minimal amount of paid vacation to all US workers, YES A GOVERNMENT POLICY MANDATED BY LAW!! We are the only country in the developed world that does not recognize the medical fact that holidays from overworking are necessary for a healthy life. How many more Tim Russert's are we prepared to lose ??

Posted by: AgentG | June 14, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

"This sad event makes you put your own life in perspective. In presidential politic terms, it also makes you wonder about John McCain's health".

Yes, and Obama smokes. He could be diagnosed tomorrow with lung cancer. I know someone who died of the disease at age 48, and he was a smoker too.

Posted by: neither-here-nor-there | June 14, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

OVER-RATED-that fits Russert's TV persona IN A NUTSHELL. Sorry, but he WON'T be missed except by his family, justifiably, no matter how much over-eulogizing you do, Post!

Posted by: Arrabbiato | June 13, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I am very saddened by Russert's death because he was a human being. But if he's no the gold standard for journalism, nor anything like RFK. P-l-e-a-s-e. He picked sides and pandered officials with his charming ways. Obama today said Russert was his friend; no kidding. NBC needs a clean break from its tarnished political coverage and from MSNBC's legacy.

Posted by: Mike K. | June 13, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I do feel bad for Mr. Russert's family that he passed away so suddenly and young.
However, I did not care for his style very much, and I do believe his importance was over-rated. He was not always fair as we saw in the last few months, and he often displayed bias.
I think Joe Scarborough might be a good replacement for him, as he does attempt to be fair.
But no Olbermann, Matthews or Abrams for the top job on MTP.
They would kill the show for good.

Posted by: toni | June 13, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

In response to the HateThePress comment: You just don't get it. No martyr here. No God incarnate, either. Rather, he was a good person in his own family--a good son and father. From the words of those who knew him well, he was also a good friend. Of integrity and diligence, he made his life. He learned about the world and about people and about family in his time; he found fulfillment by finding meaning in the things he loved and believed in. He was a good human being. Now reread your comment and discern if it is right and fair to say such things about "this guy," Tim Russert.

Posted by: Rachel | June 13, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Anon, at least I'm not a dope like you who's beating their breasts over some nasty tv personality's death, THANK GOD FOR THAT!

YOU, on the other hand, are such a wimp you can't even post under an assumed name! What'sa matter? Afwaid of the big bad bloggers, huh? AWWWWWW!

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 13, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I was amazed Tim died and am sorry he died. I wish he had remained the journalist he once was. We all hope NBC will do better in the future and get serious and Meet the Press and MSNBC. Does NBC know what the public thinks of their bias? (I just want to add I agree that NBC is tops, except for political coverage.) If someone blogs and knows how to tell the top brass there, then please do. Send them this link of America's voices. They need to read all of these blogs about their political coverage. Tom Brokaw is on the air tonight. Don't forget to contact him. He's the best of the best.

Posted by: Chris B. B. | June 13, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Mr. Russert than to take him to task. I have never forgiven him for failing to apply his hard-nosed interviewing to Bush and Cheney when he had the chance in the lead up to war.

But in criticizing him, I give honor him. Because truly I looked to him above all others to get it right.

He remained "the gold standard" and I never failed to watch the podcast of MTP. Where most tv media remains contemptuous, Russert was always riveting. How bitterly ironic that his final moments of MTP last week were remembering the tragic loss of RFK before his time.

Posted by: Mortgage Ledger | June 13, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Mr. Russert than to take him to task. I have never forgiven him for failing to apply his hard-nosed interviewing to Bush and Cheney when he had the chance in the lead up to war.

But in criticizing him, I give honor him. Because truly I looked to him above all others to get it right.

He remained "the gold standard" and I never failed to watch the podcast of MTP. Where most tv media remains contemptuous, Russert was always riveting. How bitterly ironic that his final moments of MTP last week were remembering the tragic loss of RFK before his time.

Posted by: Mortgage Ledger | June 13, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse


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News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of "Meet the Press," will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism.


Tim Russert. (File photo: Getty Images for Meet the Press) Russert was, without question, the single most influential political journalist working in Washington. His show -- known to insiders as simply "MTP" -- was not only the most watched of the Sunday news programs but also the one that every politician and journalist aspired to appear on.

An example of Russert's influence: When he proclaimed that Barack Obama had effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on the night of the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, it was seen as a significant sign that Hillary Rodham Clinton's time in the race was running short. As my colleagues Anne Kornblut and Dan Balz wrote: "When NBC's Tim Russert flatly declared the Democratic race over around midnight, one adviser recalled, "the air came out of the room."

There will be any number of pieces written over the next few days about Tim's passing and the impact he had on the world of politics. (And make sure to read what Dan Balz wrote, reflecting on a man he had known for more than two decades.) But I couldn't write something about his death without noting the impact he had on my own career as a political journalist.

I had the pleasure of appearing on Tim's show on CNBC and MSNBC a handful of times and the honor of sharing the "Meet the Press" table with him as well. I did not know him well, but I looked up to and admired the hell out of him, so getting the chance to talk politics with him was a rare treat for a young journalist like myself.

What I came away with each time after an appearance with Tim was that he was someone, like me, who loved the political game, who took pleasure in the day-to-day trench warfare of the campaign, who worked his sources to make sure he got the most up to date information to his viewers and who loved hearing from new voices offering fresh perspective on the political process.

Tim's passing is a sad day for anyone who cared about politics and political journalism in this country. The comments section is open for any thoughts you might have on Tim. While I can't tell you what to say, I'd appreciate it -- as someone who respected and admired Tim -- if we can keep any comments in that vein.

After the jump, an interview with Russert from last year conducted by washingtonpost.com's On Faith project...


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God bless Tim.

Relax, you all. Dan Abrams won't replace him. Dan's show is trivial pursuit. He doesn't listen to his guests, he pronounces everything is a boo-boo or are win or whatever he's saying. It's 50 sound bites, then the show is over. Dan campaigns for that one presidential candidate (Obama) as much as the rest of Tim's team. The only difference is that Dan repeatedly claims he doesn't do that, like viewers are lemmings to the sea.

Posted by: Rhonda | June 13, 2008 11:30 PM

I agree now that Emma gave us the heads up. It would be hard to explain her rumor having no truth then.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert, who I'm sure was a wonderful man, husband, and son, was among the reasons I stopped watching MTP and other talk shows about politics on Sunday mornings. These days, there really is no substance on these shows, just "gotcha journalism", horse race analysis, and political tactics. Mr. Russert seemed to play that game quite well, and received quite a nice career for his efforts. However, I feel he played a big part of the problem in todays's political climate, and doesn't quite deserve the accolades he is receiving at the moment.

Posted by: A doubting Thomas | June 13, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

God bless Tim.

Relax, you all. Dan Abrams won't replace him. Dan's show is trivial pursuit. He doesn't listen to his guests, he pronounces everything is a boo-boo or are win or whatever he's saying. It's 50 sound bites, then the show is over. Dan campaigns for that one presidential candidate (Obama) as much as the rest of Tim's team. The only difference is that Dan repeatedly claims he doesn't do that, like viewers are lemmings to the sea.

Posted by: Rhonda | June 13, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he was a nice guy but how every journalist in America fell in love with him is beyond my comprehension!

Posted by: jackmack74 | June 13, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Schmetterling ---

A man who loved what he did and was damned good at it has died. You can disagree with what he did, but your comments are sickening.

I bet your passing will be mourned by few.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Yea, but Abrams should not be stealing his job. Russert is not even cold.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse


"Russert's internist, Michael A. Newman, told MSNBC that an autopsy showed the journalist had an enlarged heart and that cholesterol plaque ruptured an artery, causing coronary thrombosis. He said Russert had been diagnosed earlier with coronary artery disease, but that it was controlled with medication and exercise and Russert had performed well on a stress test in late April."

JUST AS I SUSPECTED, CORONARY PLAQUE, THE GREAT SILENT, AND HIDDEN, HEART KILLER.

Dr. Newman, I hate to tell you this, but I don't think much of your treatment plan for Russert, WHY DIDN'T YOU HAVE HIM TAKE A HEART SCAN, TO SEE THE EXTENT OF PLAQUE IN HIS ARTERIES, HUH? I THOUGHT ALL GOOD INTERNISTS DID THAT FOR THEIR HIGH CHOLESTEROL PATIENTS WITH HEART DISEASE! WHAT KIND OF A CRAPPY INTERNIST ARE YOU, ANYWAY? HEART SCANS ARE ENORMOUS LIFESAVERS!

AND YOU SAY ALSO THAT YOU THOUGHT A STRESS TEST THAT SHOWED HE PERFORMED NORMAL WAS A GOOD INDICATOR OF THE HEALTH OF HIS HEART? WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING US? I'M NOT EVEN A DOCTOR, AND EVEN I KNOW THAT A STRESS TEST DOESN'T TELL YOU CRAP ABOUT CORONARY PLAQUE, OR DIDN'T YOU KNOW THAT? PEOPLE WITH DANGEROUS LEVELS OF CORONARY PLAQUE OFTEN TEST COMPLETELY NORMAL ON STRESS TESTS! WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN, DOCTOR? OUT ON THE GOLF LINKS A LITTLE TOO OFTEN INSTEAD OF PAYING GREATER ATTENTION TO YOUR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES?

Sheesh! All I've got to say to the Russert family is, FIRE YOUR INTERNIST, IF YOU HAD HAD MY WASHINGTON DC INTERNIST, TIM RUSSERT WOULD LIKELY BE ALIVE TODAY, NO JOKE!

Posted by: Disbelieving | June 13, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand it anymore!!
Okay, maybe he was a good guy, but so were the thousands of others who died today as well. But they were just firefighters and police officers and nurses and teachers and others that have a real impact on the health and safety of millions of Americans.
Just because this guy was on TV is not a basis for martyrdom.

Posted by: HateThePress | June 13, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Abrams not being on is strange. And disrespectful at the very least.

Posted by: Molly | June 13, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey but why was Abram not on tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

he was a one-of-a-kind in the best sense. We'll miss him and his exuberance and incisive commentary.

Posted by: David | June 13, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

From MSNBC to CNN to FoxNews......what wonderful things they all had to say about Tim Russert. The respect and warm regards....they all said the same thing, especially about Big Russ and a certain team....they all are in shock and are remembering Tim fondly. Unlike some idiots on this blog who need much prayer, I send my thoughts and prayers to the Russert family, friends and fellow journalists. It is never easy to lose someone you love and respect. May others continue to pay their respects and leave the hatemongering, disrespect and gossip for other news stories.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Tim was lucky to live such a full life. I'm sure his family suffers the most.

Posted by: Laura | June 13, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I will miss Tim. I feel as if I knew Tim personally since I saw him more than some of my family members. Sunday morning will never be the same. My regards to his family.

Posted by: Maggs | June 13, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I didn't always agree with his interviewing style, but his political analysis was spot on every time. I hate that the rest of this historic campaign will occur without him. He also seemed like someone who had a zest for life that was contagious.

I never met him but feel like I knew him well because he spent every Sunday morning with me. And my heart aches for his wife and son -- as well as all his friends and coworkers. The thought of receiving that call overseas, so far from him, brings me to tears.

What is truly shocking is the heartlessness of some of the comments I have read. These are people that will have little good said about them when their time comes.

But as for Tim Russert, may he live forever in the memory and deeds of those who loved him. There were many people who did...do.

Posted by: Beth | June 13, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

What a shock about Tim Russert. Rest his soul.

Who is this Emma blogger? My guess is her "sister" is her brother or husband. My guess is she's related to Dan Abrams, who she says is getting promoted to Tim's job.

That won't happen. Dan is on tiny MSNBC and his show has the famous Obama slant they all have on that cable station. Plus, Dan's show is essentially a trivia quiz about who made a political error every day. Most days, there aren't any errors, so they make up the news. It's the worst of the worse for journalism, since that seems to be the discussion here.

Posted by: Cassandra A. | June 13, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

To protect my sister's job Emma is not even my real name. She said no one is allowed to talk about this and that there is a chaotic scramble to maintain plans to give his job to Abram going on right now. We all liked Tim alot here!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

A small piece of American democracy died today. Tim Russert was one of the last real journalists. I am heartbroken. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey every body my sister worked in those offices and said it was going around that Russert was gonna get the ax.
Make of that what you will. But meet the press was said to air last on sunday! MSNBC may have pushed him to far?

Posted by: Emma | June 13, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The over-eulogizing and exaggerating the death of a member of the press is typical of the modern media. But there are those who are far more deserving of mention in death, and they don't even get a sentence.

Posted by: Unmoved | June 13, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry, Tim Russert was not the gold standard. Tom Brokaw was the gold standard. We only hope NBC can find its way back to those golden days.

But I'm very sorry Tim died. He gave joy to his allies.

Posted by: Carol | June 13, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm crushed. This is very sad not only for his family, but for all his viewers. We lost one of the greats during one of the most important presidential elections in years. There will be a huge void throughout the remainder of the campaign without Tim's coverage and analysis. Tim, I know you are watching from above, thanks for giving us your best for so many years.

Posted by: Marisa Milton | June 13, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of "Meet the Press," will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism."

That's QUITE an overstatement. The sun will still shine tomorrow, the feral beast known as the modern media will still go on its destructive, vicious, way, as if nothing happened out of the ordinary, really. Russert is no Walter Cronkite, or even, Dan Rather, he'll be soon forgotten as one of the thousand vicious talking heads that have come and gone on the ever increasing anachronism of television land.

Russert WAS VERY biased for OBAAAMA. He was not an original thinker, rather boring, but not terribly offensive, overall. Certainly, he was not as asinine, utterly moronic and purely destructive as Chris Matthews, but very biased nonetheless-it was quite off-putting.


What goes around, comes around....It's sad to pass away early, but there you go-the Fourth Estate needs to give some thought to those among them who have died before their time, and who, before they died, regretted all the evil, the slander, and destruction they caused solely through their spoken words- remember Lee Atwater?

When you're dead, it's too late to ask for forgiveness to those you've harmed while alive.

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 13, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Bravo for a life well done. I'm not yet his age but I hope my next ten years can approach the passion of his last ten. Well done Mr. Russert.

Posted by: Dan in Chicago | June 13, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris's comments are truly from the heart. His request on this one time to keep comments in that same vein is an honorable request.

I lost my my father when I was a child and I know first hand what Tim's family feels at this moment. This one article to honor a father, a husband, and a son. I am so disappointed in those who have commented in such negative ways...what kind of animals are you?

Posted by: DC in Tennessee | June 13, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I will miss seeing Tim Russert on TV. He was the gold standard by which other political journalists will be measured. I don't know who I will watch on Sunday mornings anymore. I guess Wolf Blitzer comes in second, and George Stephanopolous never.

This sad event makes you put your own life in perspective. In presidential politic terms, it also makes you wonder about John McCain's health.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 13, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

13 American soldiers have died today in Afghanistan...

NO NEWS!

We are a sick country!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy MSNBC and NBC. I truly loved MTP on Sundays and all his other shows. I would wait until the last minute to leave for church so I could watch Tim...I'm reading his Letters book right now...what a wonderful book it is. God speed Tim...watch from heaven...

Posted by: Gail in Orlando | June 13, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"What I came away with each time after an appearance with Tim was that he was someone, like me, ...who worked his sources to make sure he got the most up to date information to his viewers and who loved hearing from new voices offering fresh perspective on the political process."

Are you kidding, CC? To paraphrase Larry Holmes, you couldn't carry Tim Russert's jock! What have you EVER given us but rehashes of Clinton press releases? And as for sources, you lamented yourself that you couldn't get anyone from the Obama campaign to talk. Tim Russert wouldn't be caught (I won't use the word) running You Tube of some pushy guy berating Obama for a picture, or quoting the AP beat writer nitpicking about Obama's attitude. He sure wouldn't be running Clinton campaign press releases essentially verbatim and (tacitly admitting the validity of the point of the press release) lamely ask readers "what do you think"? Tim would have TOLD you what was dishonest about it. And would not have been shy about it.

Until you grow a pair, CC, and resolve to work hard, you'll never compare to Tim Russert. Never.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 13, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm completely heartbroken..and I didn't even know him personally.

Posted by: RG | June 13, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I will miss him. What a tragic loss.

Posted by: Mari | June 13, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The moment I decided to vote for Mcain. He was telling Barack not to question his concern for the troops. That he chosen to serve this country and Barack did not. That for me meant more than Baracks words. I remembered they compared Barack to JFK JFK served! Who is running right now that has gave more for this country than Mcain. He could of died in Nam. He went anyway. Barack is still tring to imply Mcain wants to hurt this country becuase he can't compete with that. Enough said!

Posted by: Dorothy | June 13, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Tim who?

Posted by: Tom | June 13, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Tim, once in a while I would get mad at you, other times I would cheer you. Guess that makes you a J-O-U-R-N-A-L-I-S-T. I guess what amazes me the most about you is that you maintained an even hand at a time when this country is as partisan and divided as I have ever seen it. What a great life you have lived and what a great service you have done for your country. Man we're gonna miss you!

Posted by: Steven | June 13, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse


I know right. What was the moment? I heard many canned answers from barck supporters,
so they can tell you why, but not when. It is called the bandwagon.

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His journalism was as balanced as American journalists are allowed to be by their corporate sponsors. Russert wasn't afraid to push the envelope, and I thought that he was by far the best of breed among the political commentators. It was Russert's early interview of Barack Obama that convinced me to support Obama.

Posted by: George Robertson | June 13, 2008 9:23 PM

It's that kind of bull that makes people question Russert. I saw that same one. Barack was softballed typical questions and came off looking shifty even still.
What was the moment? What made you cry from emotion and made you want to support Barack?

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Posted by: Dorothy | June 13, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that this great, kind, gentle bear is gone. My husband and I waited all week for Meet The Press and very seldom missed it. This is not just a loss for his family and friends but for all of us who loved him for his honesty, his great smile and the love he had for his family and everyone he met. I bought my husband Tim's first book but he had to wait till I finished because once I started to read it, I could not put it down. When the second book came out I again bought it for my husband but again I read it first. My prayers are with his family and all those that he touched. What a loss. God bless you Tim and we know you are with the Lord.

Posted by: Rose | June 13, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

God Bless him and his family

Posted by: Pete | June 13, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

What a great tragedy. This is a very sad day and our thoughts and prayers are with the Russert family. Tim was a giant in political journalism and though some will try, nobody can fill his shoes on MTP. I can only hope that the person they choose to take his place has even half of the intellect, balance and charm.

Sunday mornings will never be the same. We'll miss you Tim.

Posted by: T Price | June 13, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

My sympathy to his wife and son. A great loss to journalism. Tim was not an elected official of this country, but we have lost a great leader. I trusted his political wisdom more than any other persons. I so looked forward to his insights this election year...a terrible loss.

Posted by: DC in Tennessee | June 13, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

His journalism was as balanced as American journalists are allowed to be by their corporate sponsors. Russert wasn't afraid to push the envelope, and I thought that he was by far the best of breed among the political commentators. It was Russert's early interview of Barack Obama that convinced me to support Obama.

Posted by: George Robertson | June 13, 2008 9:23 PM

It's that kind of bull that makes people question Russert. I saw that same one. Barack was softballed typical questions and came off looking shifty even still.
What was the moment? What made you cry from emotion and made you want to support Barack?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

His journalism was as balanced as American journalists are allowed to be by their corporate sponsors. Russert wasn't afraid to push the envelope, and I thought that he was by far the best of breed among the political commentators. It was Russert's early interview of Barack Obama that convinced me to support Obama.

Posted by: George Robertson | June 13, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Abe, Colorado | June 13, 2008 9:14 PM
Your post said it best and I am now signing off knowing there are people still seeing it like it truly is.
God Bless

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

NBC still is the greatest network. MSNBC is scary. God bless Tim Russert, in any case.

Posted by: Kelly in Button, TX | June 13, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I think there is some truth to it. Why would something stressfull to your carear be far fetched as a reason for a heart attack. And a scandal against Barack would do it. No one is saying it is true but Russert would have a lot to lose.

Posted by: Taber S. | June 13, 2008 9:12 PM

Russert would have a lot to lose in that case but there are other stresses in life also.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to all who love Tim and may God bless his soul.

Some blogger just made a horror list of potential future anchors to Meet the Press. I agree, all are openly un-objective and "campaign for Obama."

"who succeeds Russert on Meet the Press?

"Matthews
Mitchell
Obermann
Williams
Gregory"

I'd add to that list of UN-objective "journalists" we don't need -- Todd, O'Donnel, Abrams, and a double vote against A. Mitchell. The whole political group there is pushing Obama. A fair media is the MAIN protection for any democracy.

NBC needs to pick one of its hard-core serious journalists who are not in this sinking NBC/MSNBC political boat. If you get off the subject of presidential politics, NBC still is great.

Let's remember how Tim used to be and hope NBC takes a new direction.

Posted by: Abe, Colorado | June 13, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I think there is some truth to it. Why would something stressfull to your carear be far fetched as a reason for a heart attack. And a scandal against Barack would do it. No one is saying it is true but Russert would have a lot to lose.

Posted by: Taber S. | June 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

This is like the Patriots without Tom Brady or the Lakers without Kobe.
What are the citizens to do without Russert there to watch our back?
I will miss him and I hope the Network can find somebody worthy to fill his shoes.

Ricky From Omaha

Posted by: Ricky from Omaha | June 13, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Some blithering idiot wrote below:

"He gave Obama the title of nominee long before the race of was even over. Now it is being said in some circles that a new devastating scandal involving Barack Obama may have contributed to his untimely death." Etc.

The older I get, the more my mother's words come to mind. In this case, "At certain times, if you don't have anything nice to say, just don't say anything at all."

In other words, babbling merrily about anything that comes into your head when someone's sudden death is being mourned would be a good example of when it is better to Just. Shut. Up.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

who succeeds Russert on Meet the Press?

Matthews
Mitchell
Obermann
Williams
Gregory

The shoes are big and, frankly, no one can fill 'em.

NBC's big cash cow - Meet the Press - is in play and don't doubt for a minute that razors are drawn and Jeff Immelt (GE CEO) is sweating.


Posted by: jedrury | June 13, 2008 8:55 PM

Obermann, please than I can stop watching the entire network and not just his timeslot. I'm willing to bet most people avoid it like cancer also.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad time for anyone interested in politics. It was always nice to receive information in a personal and appropriate way.
This is one man that will never be replaced.

My sympathy to his family

Posted by: Charles Lopez | June 13, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse


You are 100 percent correct but don't forget CNN. I watched Larry King and he had a pundit bashing and making fun of Mcains age and appearance. I thought here we go again. If a pundit did that to Barack it would be denounced.

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I'm very sorry for Tim Russert and know he had some good qualities. But Russert had become the highest-ranking biased journalist in American network news. I agree with others who say we wish he'd had time to get back on track. Perhaps he was ill. who knows.

He led political coverage at NBC and MSNBC that still drives to make Obama our next president. John McCain is starting to get the treatment received by Hillary Clinton. I worry about the young Obama supporters who are growing up with this coverage thinking it is "news." I do hope NBC breaks away from that so-called "political team" (and all of MSNBC) to restore NBC's previously exemplary standards. Journalists never should back any candidate. But I'm very, very sorry Tim died.


Posted by: Mel of Ilinois | June 13, 2008 8:51 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone say anything about Tim Russert? His impact cannot be described due to the great depth, which he has had on our lives. His great knowledge in politics which he was more than happy to share with the world, and his more human side which included jokes on MSNBC including some of the best segments on Morning Joe with Mike Barnicle. He will definitely be missed.

Posted by: Jas | June 13, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

who succeeds Russert on Meet the Press?

Matthews
Mitchell
Obermann
Williams
Gregory

The shoes are big and, frankly, no one can fill 'em.

NBC's big cash cow - Meet the Press - is in play and don't doubt for a minute that razors are drawn and Jeff Immelt (GE CEO) is sweating.

Posted by: jedrury | June 13, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Take your pick Obama already dragged Russert's credibility under. If Barack had anything else surface it would have hurt it more.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm very sorry for Tim Russert and know he had some good qualities. But Russert had become the highest-ranking biased journalist in American network news. I agree with others who say we wish he'd had time to get back on track. Perhaps he was ill. who knows.

He led political coverage at NBC and MSNBC that still drives to make Obama our next president. John McCain is starting to get the treatment received by Hillary Clinton. I worry about the young Obama supporters who are growing up with this coverage thinking it is "news." I do hope NBC breaks away from that so-called "political team" (and all of MSNBC) to restore NBC's previously exemplary standards. Journalists never should back any candidate. But I'm very, very sorry Tim died.

Posted by: Mel of Ilinois | June 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

You know that makes sense Jory. It was real sudden after his vacation to Italy and it was one of his first days back. He could of gotton something upsetting. Sorry about you stepdad by the way.

Posted by: Kendal | June 13, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

As a HC supporter I deeply resent the idiotic posts here by any of the HC supporters which in any way critize or blame Tim Russert during the primary season for her loss. For once I agree 100% with thm Obama supporters here who are saying those comments are way out of line and dispicable.

Tim Russert was a national treasure who loved life, loved his family, this nation and journalism. All those who have any regard for the political system should thank their lucky stars that during their lives they were fortunate enough to have been touched by the intelligence and humanity of Tim Russert.

Posted by: Leichtman | June 13, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought it could be something stressfull like that. It happened just like that to my stepfather when he got the papers that he lost his farm.
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He gave Obama the title of nominee long before the race of was even over. Now it is being said in some circles that a new devastating scandal involving Barack Obama may have contributed to his untimely death. Time will only tell if this is true but if such a huge scandal, is out there and does arise it would make some sense. Russert after all was one major media player pushing Barack Obama very hard.

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Posted by: Jory | June 13, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Russert was a good interviewer and there is no question he was the best of the Sunday morning show hosts (at least after Brinkley retired). It is also true that today is perhaps not the best time to say anything but nice things in his memory. That said, his main technique was juxtaposing any interviewee's past statements with other more recent statements, in the hope of drawing some contradiction. After a while, this became old. There is more to asking tough, analytical, and thoughtful questions, than mere word tripping, and apparent simplistic contradictions. But perhaps, that is just a limitation of the TV format in general, and limited attention span of most American viewers.

As usual, in our culture, we go over board, and laud a guy to the sky. Behind the success of MTP, there must be many, many people, but here worship is what shall need and have.

And absolutely agree that Russert unfortunately wore his biaes on the sleeve sometimes; and there was no doubt which way that bias was tilting. Thundering down on Sen Clinton to spell the name of the Putin lackey Medvedenko ranks right up there with Shaw asking Dukasis on the hypothetical question re: Kitty Dukakis rape and murder, as one of the worst of all time.

Posted by: intcamd1 | June 13, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

He gave Obama the title of nominee long before the race of was even over. Now it is being said in some circles that a new devastating scandal involving Barack Obama may have contributed to his untimely death. Time will only tell if this is true but if such a huge scandal, is out there and does arise it would make some sense. Russert after all was one major media player pushing Barack Obama very hard.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Our country is so much the poorer for not having him around for the next 20+ years, not to mention the next 6 months, when his presence would've been CRUCIAL to understanding the truth as this campaign plays out.

Who can even possibly step into his shoes?

Posted by: Shmenge | June 13, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I will miss Tim Russert. And Chris' opening paragraph is correct. I can't believe Tim Russert won't be here for the election!

Many warm thoughts for his family.

Posted by: johng1 | June 13, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

the sudden death of Tim Russert, will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism."

You mean, according to YOU it will leave a "large and lasting" impact, but not to anyone else.

Please don't over-emphasize or exaggerate Russert's passing-he's not an icon of anything, regardless of what you, in your self-absorbed Fourth Estate world, may think to the contrary.


Posted by: Schmetterling | June 13, 2008 8:28 PM

Schmett, is Rush off the air or something? Go back to bed with George and Dick, dick.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Fox and Rush neophytes must be breathing a collective sigh of relief. One less honorable and honest journalist to worry about.

Posted by: Rick/Sneads Ferry, NC | June 13, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"the sudden death of Tim Russert, will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism."

You mean, according to YOU it will leave a "large and lasting" impact, but not to anyone else.

Please don't over-emphasize or exaggerate Russert's passing-he's not an icon of anything, regardless of what you, in your self-absorbed Fourth Estate world, may think to the contrary.

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 13, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I was truly disappointed and shocked to hear about Mr. Russert's death. Most Sunday morning I would spend the first hours of my day flipping between him, Wolfe and George. But Russert brought a class and sincerity that was simply unmatched by the rest. God bless him and his family.

For those of you that can't see past politics at this moment out of respect for everyone here please go the f@*k away.

Posted by: James - Los Angeles | June 13, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Tim was my favorite, my Sunday's wont be the same. I'm shocked and angry that he may not have taken care of his health.

Posted by: Ram | June 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I think this back and forth is great. It's America's fair and balanced reporting on Russert's life and what we thought of his work.

Posted by: Ron | June 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop with the back and forth bickering for one moment. This is not a political board, it is rather a celebration of Tim Russert's life and the effect it had on his many viewers. Is it possible for everyone to put aside their sniveling on the back burner just this once. Thanks.....

Posted by: realitycheck | June 13, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

MTP was hands-down the best TV program for fellow political junkies. Two particular things were notable about Russert: 1) In an age where such shows are mainly about who's footing the bill, Mr. Russert asked the tough questions. and 2) His independent stance on the issues boosted his source credability. In fact, I recall several occasions during which guests accused him of pandering to the left or right. Mr. Russert could retort that such claims were baseless, as he was an independent voter. There was no need to claim that he was fair and balanced, because you simply knew that he was. Mr. Russert's consistent objectivity, abstruse insights, and frank questioning, will be missed.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | June 13, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Even as sources of political information have grown exponentially in recent times, I suspect most Americans still get their political information from television news. And, more narrowly, network television news. Every week, Tim Russert crystallized the central political story or stories of that week in a manner unparalleled in television journalism. In sum, these were the central political stories of our time. Great political journalists provide a great, great service to this country. Tim Russert asked the tough questions. These were not, however, "gotcha" questions. He asked legitimate, difficult questions and allowed his guests to give real and substantive answers to those questions. In recent years in particular, whatever one's view, Russert's role has become so much more essential. And he was wholly up to the task. All Americans who care about politics, and who demand from political coverage a probing search for the truth, should and will miss Tim Russert. He was one of a kind. I had no personal connection to Russert, but simply a zeal for politics, and a passion for truth in democracy. Russert was an inimitable treasure to people such as me, and to the American people. There are lessons to be learned from Russert's approach. There are things he demanded, which we must demand, of our politicians. To continue to ask, inquire, and challenge are duties of political journalists that should be a lasting lesson for our democracy upon his sad and shocking passing.

Posted by: Jason in NY | June 13, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

He was overweight, pushing sixty, and living the good life - a prime candidate for a heart-attack. Just another rich, white, liberal talking-head on TV, and by next Sunday another rich, white, overweight liberal will likely take his place and the beat goes on.

Posted by: The Grim Reaper | June 13, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

We're all shocked and sorry about Tim's death.

Nothing is more important to Americans than their vote. Nothing is more important to a democracy than fairness in the media.

I think that's something that ALL of us blogging here today agree with.

Do not belittle Americans' passion for their vote.

Posted by: Richard of D.C. | June 13, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that some people can't lay off the politics for an afternoon. Seriously, get help.

Posted by: Wow | June 13, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I think it is pathetic that people are taking this moment to lament over petty and personal political differences. Tim Russert continually strove to be an objective truth seeker and I think that statement was strongly supported by his immense body of work. Really people- this is not time for Obama v. Clinton rehashed. Show some respect.

Posted by: Jon | June 13, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

An excerpt from my memorial on my blog:

One last thing about Russert's enthusiasm: every time you watched him, even this past primary season that went on for five months, you always saw Russert smiling. For lots of us, we chagrined when Super Tuesday or some other primary contest didn't resolve the Democratic race. Russert was grinning. He was loving it. Secretly, he'd probably admit to hoping for a brokered convention just to cover it. You always got the sense that he was pinching himself, constantly trying to discover if he was dreaming. Surely, he might have thought, I must be dreaming because I have an awesome job.

Little did we know that we should have been pinching ourselves. Surely, we might have thought, we must have been dreaming these wonderful years since 1991 when Russert became the moderator of Meet the Press because such a wonderful, intelligent, and, yes, enthusiastic guy was sitting in that chair. Unfortunately, this coming Sunday, we're going to realize that we were not dreaming. It was real. Tim Russert was real.

Man. Am I going to miss him this fall. We all will.

Posted by: Scott D. Parker | June 13, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It is true that Tim Russert was pro Obama.

He didn't behave badly in the same WAY as Chris Matthews or Chuck Todd but in his jolly, passive aggressive way, he trashed her.

It is really sad that he is dead because he seemed to be a wonderful family man.

These last months were among his worst (as I believe this primary campaign will live on in infamy.)

I am particularly sad because Tim doesn't have time to redeem himself.

It really does give one pause regarding how one behaves. You think, well it is not so bad.. Or, maybe, I make up for it later. Or, just this once because I can't bear to have a female become the post powerful person in the US. And on and on.

And then your time runs out. I wish peace to your family Tim. I am truly sorry.

Posted by: Truth Seeker | June 13, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: JLF | June 13, 2008 7:44 PM
I find it appalling that those who are angry and bitter..."
"Yep- That's why I do not watch anymore they are all not news anymore Tim included.

Posted by: Robert | June 13, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

a) People join you in mourning this loss from over here in Sydney, Australia. What an amazing journalist.

b) Congratulations FIX community for great tribute comments. There are only a few idiots who chose to use this as a chance to take cheap shots or make bad jokes. (Words, 37th, Rivers, I'm looking at you... seriously f*&$ off. This isn't the time for it.)

c) May we all be inspired by Tim to contribute serious political discourse online and elsewhere. RIP man. You were amazing.

Posted by: Boutan | June 13, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I find it appalling that those who are angry and bitter at the fact that H. Clinton legitimately lost the Democratic presidential primary are choosing to castigate Tim Russert for his coverage (which I found fair) on the day of his death. Prominent Republicans and Democrats alike have all been mourning this tremendous loss, including President & Senator Clinton, all afternoon. And for all those who don't agree with the reporting on NBC and MSNBC, why do you watch?

I am deeply saddened by Mr. Russert's passing and believed he was a fine, and fair, man. I will miss his commentary dearly.

Posted by: JLF | June 13, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert set the gold standard for journalists. I did not always agree with his penchant for "gotcha" moments nor his occasionall unwillingness to let a belabored point or issue go, but I watched MTP each and every sunday for as long as I can remember, most often the 12 am re-air and I literally felt severly ill-informed if I happened to miss it. After reading just a few of the other posts on here I am repulsed by the stupid, simple partisan attacks no matter where they come from. Tim strove for truth and objectivity. He will be missed, and as Chris said, for anyone who truly cares about Ameruican politics- not my politics or Barack's politics or McCain's politics this is a very, very sad day. Tim you will be deeply missed and your family will be kept in my prayers.

Posted by: Stew118 | June 13, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Meet the Press is the only TV show that I watch faithly. When I was on vacation in New York City a number of years ago, as a tacky tourist, I went to the NBC studio at Rockefeller and spoke to David Blum. I asked him to tell Tim that I was his number one fan. I told him that if I had a chance to meet a particular celebrity in person it would be Tim Russert. He asked me where I was from. When I told him Canada - he was astounded! It was just before 9 am on a sunday morning. He promised me that he was going to go inside and pass my respects on to Tim before the start of my favourite show. The landscape of American politics has been devasted by this loss - he truly is irreplaceable. It seems trite to say that my Sunday mornings will never again be the same, however my sense of loss is real. My sincere condolences to his family and especially his beloved father. I hope that you can find comfort in knowing how many people this great man touched.

Jean

Posted by: Jean from Canada | June 13, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This earlier blog comment is uncalled for here ... A blogger here wrote:
"... On such a sad day, such comments demonstrate the negative character and the bitterness emblematic of her (Hillary Clinton's) supporters."

That's the meanest comment here.

I came to mourn Tim's passing and not get into politics. But this is the type of junk we talk about from the media (and now this blog). If you voted for Clinton, bitterness is emblematic???? We'll add that to being called racists and witches and nuts. None of Hillary's voters started out angry at anything but the war and the economy. These are the types of attacks, quite frankly, that we pushed against. We don't appreciate attacks on Hillary Clinton -- or attacks on us because we continue to support her excellent policies.

God rest Tim's soul.

Posted by: Katherine of Ohio | June 13, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"When NBC's Tim Russert flatly declared the Democratic race over around midnight, one adviser recalled, "the air came out of the room."

When I read that Mr. Russert has passed away so suddenly I felt that the air went out of me. I'm so sad for his family and for all of us watchers who so admired and respected him.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | June 13, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I've read all of these blogs. First of all, nobody in these blogs ever said Tim (God rest his soul) ever was biased for any candidate but Obama. Nobody on earth thinks that he treated all candidates equally in the primary of 2008. I also noticed a trend between people who only watched him on Meet the Press or only on NBC. He was a different person on MSNBC and his real pro-Obama biases showed there. It made you understand his other anchoring/reporting differently. I agree with blogs that say the NBC/MSNBC political group followed his pro-Obama lead. That's not to say I am not saddened by his passing, I am.

Posted by: Jonathan Rivers | June 13, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I am deeply saddened to read several recent comments by Hillary supporters about how Russert was "biased" her was against her in his coverage. On such a sad day, such comments demonstrate the negative character and the bitterness emblematic of her supporters.

Posted by: concerned voter | June 13, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I used to see Tim every so often at the Potomac Giant and would give him the fan wave and always got a smile back, but I met him years before and knew right away he was "a real human being." Of course, I also thought he was the very best journalist ever and loved watching "Meet the Press" and his other shows. Here's my story as follows: Tim Russert was a wonderful and unpretentious human being, as I found out first hand many years ago. My husband, young daughter, and I were in a long checkout line at the IKEA store. A very familiar looking guy turned around and talked to us about the metal tubs he'd purchased for his son's baseball team's barbecue at his house (Luke was climbing around a display there with my girl). We chatted about our kids' sports, and he said goodbye to us after checking out. As he walked away, I suddenly realized "who he was" and said to my husband, "Was that Tim Russert?" And my husband said, "Yeah, I was kind of wondering when you'd figure it out!" Tim never did anything to indicate he was a famous person. Although I loved watching Tim on "Meet the Press" and other political shows, I will always remember that day because he never tried to indicate his famous persona; he just chatted with us about typical parents stuff and that was that. I loved his reporting too, of course; it was tough and very fair to both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: BonnieW | June 13, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"We are all saddened by the passing of a fellow human being. But Russert really did campaign for Obama."

Well, now I've seen comments on how he was in the tank for Obama, Clinton, and McCain.

To me, this says he was balanced all around.

Make of it what you will.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 13, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I rarely watch TV. There is only one program I have tuned into consistently over the years, and that is Meet The Press. Tim Russert consistently elevated political dialogue beyond the mundane of his competitors. He treated all his guests with respect and impartiality and usually with a twinkle in his eye.

Tim, Sunday mornings won't be the same without you.

Posted by: mark@galileo1610.com | June 13, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

We are all saddened at Tim's death. He was quite the journalist in his day. But as a Hillary Clinton supporter, I felt he not only ridiculed her, he ridiculed her voters, as did the political reporters on MSNBC and NBC. I mourn for Tim and his family. But I also hope we all move to protect fairness in news in this country.

Posted by: David - a Fla. newshound | June 13, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Words cannot describe the loss of Tim Russert . He was one of those guys that people really think will live forever. He was a tough , honest broker who i always felt confident was calling it like he saw it. We will miss him every Sunday . God bless Tim and his family

Posted by: Joseph Nickson | June 13, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

We are all saddened by the passing of a fellow human being. But Russert really did campaign for Obama. On the air now, Andrea Mitchell said Russert was her mentor. It shows, not in a good way. I hope NBC turns the page to objective reporting.

Posted by: Matt & Cynthia | June 13, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I still have last Sunday's MTP on my mp3 player (filename pd_mtp-06-08-2008-081908.mp3) ...listened to it Tuesday during my daily run. It was my favorite format, no politicians or political operatives, just a roundtable of thoughtful, knowledgeable observers of the political world discussing the state of the world (concentrating on the Presidential race of course).

I think he enjoyed that type of show too...listened a lot more than he talked, expressed delight to learn things he hadn't known before.

Oh well, the world goes on...a little poorer but it still goes on.

Posted by: malis | June 13, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

My sincere condolences to Tim's family and friends--this is also an immense loss for the the nation. He was one of the few journalists that I trusted and looked forward to hearing. Tim was a "straight shooter" who aimed down the middle in seeking the truth in everything that he did. Unfortunately it will be some time until we will have another balanced perspective--a talent that is in far too short supply in this country.

Posted by: Anthony Pollitt | June 13, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I will miss you Tim. Thanks!
Once one accepts the inevitablility of suffering, the omnipresence of death, what is there to fear in life?

One must have the courage to lose things, or to give up things. Only then can we be truly free. Only then can we see life for what it really is. Itsuki

Posted by: Ken | June 13, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Nobody can replace him. He held a higher standard that we can only hope people will aspire to. Gifted. Kind. Fair. My thoughts extend to his wife, his son and his father.

Posted by: jennym | June 13, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert is the consummate example of a journalist. He was honest, insightful, and always provocative. Whether liberal or conservative, everyone who loved politics loved Tim Russert. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: r.scott.woods | June 13, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, he did live to see his last great work bear fruit!

The hatchet job he did on Hillary at the first debate propelled Obama to the forefront. And Tim just kept on doing his hatchet job on Hillary while praising Obama. No wonder Obama feels a great loss.

Posted by: Willia, | June 13, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

While I admired him, I thought his professionalism had deteriorated--badgering guests ad nauseum about whether they intended to run for President, wanted the Vice Presidency, instead of covering real issues. Letting corrupt figures like Cheney or Rumsfeld get away with not fully answering questions, while hectoring the less powerful. He had become the embodiment of the way Washington journalists have become so chummy with those they cover they can no longer ask the tough questions. Nonetheless, he had a wonderful spirit and personality; it's truly a shame that he is gone.

Posted by: Carey | June 13, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Like so many have written, I am shocked and deeply saddened of the news of Tim's too soon passing from our lives. He was the only person and political program I deemed worth watching and I would get up early Sunday morning just to watch MTP. He was key in my developing an interest in watching the political dance of our nation.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and son.

Posted by: Anne C | June 13, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

America has lost one of it's finest political journalists, and the Russert family have lost a husband, father and a son.

A huge hole that cannot be filled.

Rest in peace Tim.

Posted by: Brian | June 13, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I was so shocked that Tim Russert is gone and bless his soul. But I don't think we need to get carried away and say he was a great journalist in recent times. Just leave that out of the conversation if you don't follow politics that much. He was a great guy and leave it at that.


As for the earlier reader who suggested Chuck Todd to replace Russert on Meet the Press. Heaven forbid. The night Hillary Clinton swept Pennsylvania, I thought Chuck was going to start crying on the air. It's correct that journalists never should be for any candidate.

Posted by: J.D. | June 13, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I realized how much I appreciated Tim until I read the headline of his death and my eyes filled with tears. He brought the political mumbo jumbo to a layperson's level and we could all participate in the discussion. Huge loss. Blessings to his family.

Posted by: EIleen | June 13, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Tim Russert, and the impact his loss will have on objective political journalism.

I am equally dismayed and disheartened by Americans taking this time of grief to ridicule and castigate a man who dedicated his life to journalism and the belief in the American political system. You may not have agreed with his politics, but this is hardly the place or the time to mention it. Shame on you.

Posted by: Gisele H. | June 13, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I have been crying all afternoon. As a daughter who lost her beloved Dad suddenly, way too soon, and as a admirer and student of Mr. Russett. I trusted him. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. He will leave a void possibly too large to fill.

Posted by: Beth | June 13, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was the best. A great loss. He was most informed and fearless political interviewer in the business. A gifted communicator with a wonderful sense of warmth and humanity.

Posted by: Greg | June 13, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Whatever will we do without him on Election Night? God, what a terrible loss!

Posted by: Paula Parrish | June 13, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's tell the truth in this blog. NBC Nightly News just cited Russert's "political acumen" for first saying Obama was the official Democratic nominee. Huh? Russert was merely the first to run off Hillary Clinton for Obama before Democrats held their convention. If you watch NBC a little, you probably think Russert still was a great journalist. If you watch NBC a lot, you know that something happened to his judgment in the 2008 primary. His political team followed him over the cliff. He openly campaigned for Obama. That's true.

Nonetheless, God rest his soul and we appreciate what he did contribute to the public good in his many earlier years.

Posted by: Jacob Miller | June 13, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

To Tim Russert's family, I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you are able to take comfort in the gift of his life to you and to discover how he lives on in what he gave you and what he gave all of us who feel that we know him from seeing him on the small screen and sharing his smile and little tally board on election nights. May you take solace in your shared time of celebration these last few months and although his death was sudden, it occurred while he basked in the glory of shared moments and memories with you his family. He and his memory are yours, we just borrow it. May you find peace in your hearts and hear his voice in your soul.

Posted by: former dc political junkie | June 13, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Last year, when I was asked who was the one person living I would like to meet, my answer was Tim Russert.

Posted by: Joe | June 13, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

not a good day for American journalism...
we are all diminished by his loss.

Posted by: Shootingsparks | June 13, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Why ever would you ask your readers to keep their comments positive? Because of fear of death, that's why. Our culture tells us not to speak ill of the dead.
Russert was a most interesting journalist. But in the view of this journalist, not a very good one. An affable, smiling man, he nevertheless seemed more driven by his own ego than a journalist's search for the truth. He was the past master of gotcha journalism.
And his religiosity was cloying to a non-theist. More than once he declined to answer letters from prominent secularists asking him to present opposing views on the subject of religion, a topic he seemed to relish.
Russert was obviously a good man in many ways, and we need more of his kind. But we need no more of his kind of journalist.

Posted by: Jim Dickey | June 13, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

My late husband died at age 55 of such a massive heart attack. He was also a fine and well-loved man who worked for the common good--though on a much smaller scale.

I am writing--though she may never read this--to his widow to say I know exactly what you are going through in regard to loss and how much he wasloved by so many but of course not as to Tim's renown or about the scale of his loss to the world.

May the God of the Bible comfort you and hold you gently in the palm of His ever-loving hand. He can be leaned upon--I know--Nancy

Posted by: Nancy Burhans | June 13, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

You bet the NBC political team's agents are trying to get Meet the Press, that makes sense. I hope NBC says no to all of them.

Posted by: Margo | June 13, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I loved Jim Russart and will miss his Beat the press show. Watched it with out fail every day. Good Man.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Chris. I agree and both respect(ed) and admir(ed) Tim, as well. He was a gentle and thoughtful man and journalist. I met him at the Anniversary of the Chris Mathews Show and he covered my 2000 Florida Election case, as well. I cannot think of anyone his equal who had his simultaneous objectivity, perception and disposition It was very sad to hear of his sudden passing and I will miss him greatly. Charles Chester, Esq., Lead Counsel, Butterfly Ballot Case, Florida Supeme Court, 2000.

Posted by: Charles Chester, Esq. | June 13, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Russert died. Now that's a challenge, finding an objective NBC journalist to anchor Meet the Press. It's true, you can't find a fair one on the NBC political team. That "let's help Obama" hall of shame includes Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Nora O'Donnel, and even David Gregory in the past few months. They're all tainted. It's a sad thing.

Posted by: Grace and Gene | June 13, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we all need to remember the Scooter Libby Grand Jury, and how all of these prominent journalists were totally dependent upon leaks from the Richard Armitages of the world to create stories, including Big Tim himself.

Russert literally worked himself to death chasing down such leaks, but he was far more prepared to meet his Maker than 95% of Washington journalists, because he did proclaim religious belief, and was upset about how so many D.C. journalists were agnostics. I suppose many telejournalists and their agents are already jockeying for the MTP anchor spot even now.

Posted by: Dan | June 13, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry he died, but he had forgotten journalism. NBC really does need to break away from its current POLITICAL TEAM that misleads viewers on NBC and MSNBC.

Posted by: Larry | June 13, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

While this may not be the correct venue, I offer my condolences to his family and personal friends. While we all think that our own deaths will be premature, whenever and however they occur, to lose Tim Russert at the age of only 58 seems especially unfair to his survivors - and to most of us, too.
Chris, thank you for your thoughtful comments.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 13, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

My two daughters, twenty-somethings, called with this sad news. What a wonderful testament to Tim Russert that Americans of all ages are shattered by his loss.

Posted by: gail | June 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

News flash: * Head of Obama campaign, Russert, passes.

* We are sorry at anyone's passing and are sad he died.

* NBC scrambles to achieve impossible task: find an NBC/MSNBC political reporter or MSNBC anchor who isn't biased for Obama to anchor Meet the Press. It can't be done. NBC seeks replacement that does not come from its political team, thank God.

Posted by: Joan of DC | June 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

One of the fairest journalist of this generation.He will be sorely missed.

Posted by: j purvis | June 13, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I also remember that Tim's Mentor was
Daniel Patrick Moynihan -Sen. New York.
Moynihan liked to bring in independent thinks,remember David Stockton in Reagan's white house. I think that even in the political game, we junkies come to value the idea makers and explores rather than those who just repeat the talking points
Tim let us have a chance to think.

Posted by: Keith | June 13, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry for all family members in Tim Russert's deth.I feel horrible about his collapse.I know for a fact alot of people will miss him if they knew him.I know i will miss him.

Posted by: Marissa | June 13, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

No matter how much Keith sucks I don't think it is cool talking about it here. He was not Tim's mistake. A hard hitting news man like tim would never of stooped so low to get a certain demographic.

Posted by: Daren | June 13, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad day, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Tim's family and his many friends in and out of politics. But I am also angry at how low our nation has sunk. A decent man's death becomes the excuse for political attacks on him and others--just read some of these posts if you don't believe me. Another example: the announcement of Ted Kennedy's terminal cancer brought not sympathy but rather mentions of Mary Jo Kopecne. There used to be a rule that politics stops at the water's edge. No more: the hatred spawned by those like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter has taught us that it's even OK to attack the dead. God help us all!

Posted by: StevefromSacto | June 13, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

What an incredible loss -- very sad. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: RHH | June 13, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

What a sad day. A sad day to lose a good man; a sad day to lose a man who was one of the few that did the research to ask the important question, and asked and re-phrased until he got the answer. I think he did what journalists are supposed to do: help us understand the news, particularly politics, better.

God Bless you, Tim. Regrets to his family.

Posted by: Charles | June 13, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Rest In Peace Tim. The world is a much emptier place without you and your quintessential wit. You will be missed.
To Tim's family: It is to a far better place he has gone. May God be with you now in your time of need and forever.

Posted by: finn_machumal@yahoo.com | June 13, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

maybe the highest tribute I can bestow on a fellow politico is that I must have been on vacation when they hired Russert because over the years I have never thought about his personal politics. Like Jim Leher of the Newshour, you just kinda, uhh, moreso doesn't seem to enter the mind. I sincerely did not know he had worked for Tip O'Neil. Anyway, not that I regularly watched "Meet the Press", but when I did, I liked the questions almost always.

No doubt you will be replaced by Katy Couric, so, how many signs of the Apocalypse is that now?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 13, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I want to let you know I just sent a notice of regret to The Huffington Post - telling them it is a shame they are not holding Mr. Russert's passing as the headline story for the entire day today. I said that nothing in politics, and most of all, in political journalism deserves it more than this sad story, one that will have a deleterious effect on the coverage of what he called one of the most important Presidential campaigns of our time.

Posted by: Frank Stevens | June 13, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Oberman just plain sucks. I saw him trying to fake some tears it was insulting. Tim rest in peace old boy.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that phony news anchor Oberman is out. I promise to watch again.
He was Tim's sock puppet.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

My first time blogging...but felt the need to send my condolences to his family and his NBC family.
He will be solely missed, especially in the months leading up to November!

Posted by: Nancy | June 13, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

How fragile is Life
May his passing remind us all to live today as if were our last and never fear the next life which shall be without conflict.
Tim's voice of reason will be missed

Posted by: James B Weeks | June 13, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET.....you guys can go to h-e-l-l

Tim, Rest in Peace. You will be missed.

Posted by: Charles W Gray | June 13, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Nobody deserved to die. But Tim did not deserve to be running a powerful network either. His agenda was clear. Barack Obama will miss him big time.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Russert was a gift, unfortunately to be removed too soon. He was the best, a model to be emulated. A man of faith, honor, and humility with great charm and charisma. May his family find solace in the fact that we are a better nation as a result of his presence among us.

Posted by: Ed | June 13, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

i admired him very much. a stunning loss for the country.

Posted by: frieda406 | June 13, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we're going to have an election in November without Tim and his whiteboard. The coverage will be much, much poorer for his absence.

Posted by: Jerry | June 13, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


NBC ANNOUNCES WORDS OF WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET WILL CO-HOST MEET THE PRESS


Obama camp in disarray


Axelrod said to be "livid" complains NBC is turning on him, says that he is personally hurt by decision.

Plouffe says NBC decision is "like a stab in the back from a close friend."

Michigan and Florida Voters Cheer Decision - Celebrations in the Streets of Lansing and Miami.

.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Your right on man. And Chris has had a place on MSNBC. Tim loved tools. lets see if that changes now.


Sorry Chris, but I say good riddance!

Russert was perhaps the biggest tool of the mainstream media's agenda for corporate rule and the two-party duopoly's bi-hegemonic agenda. But as part of WaPo, you obviously don't get that.

His smug and superficial moderation during the presidential candidate debates made me want to hurl... this is karma in action.

Posted by: Greg M. Schwartz | June 13, 2008 5:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

They say only the good die young. How true! I feel as I did the day President Kennedy died. I guess God had bigger plans for him. Watch out Heaven!!

Posted by: Pat | June 13, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

They say "only the good die young." I feel almost as sad as when President Kennedy died. I am shocked and saddened.
God has bigger plans for him. Watch out Heaven!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"His smug and superficial moderation during the presidential candidate debates made me want to hurl... this is karma in action."

Let me get this straight, you didn't like the way he MODERATED A DEBATE so he deserved to DIE?

Shame on you Greg Schwartz. If karma exists, its shotgun has both barrels trained on you now.

Posted by: Greg Schwartz is Evil | June 13, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I always looked forward to Tim Russert's segment on NBC Nightly News. He was my favorite of all the political analysts. I am heartbroken that he won't be around to provide his analysis of the coming presidential election. He will be extremely tough to replace.

My heart goes out to his family. I am sorry for this great loss.

Posted by: Robin | June 13, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

You people are a bunch of good haeated sheep. Paying your respects is one thing but he became to invested in this election. If I don't tell you who side he was on go check for yourselves. Hopefully this will mean MSNBC becomes a diffrent network. They may move from the business of getting one certain canidiate elected now. I doubt it the Mcain age bashing was well under way under his control.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I miss him already. Thanks for the tribute, CC. Russert was a genius.

Posted by: Venicemenace | June 13, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Sunday mornings I was always up early in Los Angeles to make coffee and watch Meet the Press.
In Palms Springs with friends, at their weekend place, it was always all of us together drinking our coffee and watching Meet the Press.
The past few years I've been living in Brazil so my routine changed a bit. Download Meet the Press at 1pm Eastern and then sit in my study watching Meet the Press.
My office, all of whom know my passion for politics and my admiration for Tim Russert called me just to let me know of his passing.
Sundays won't be the same. Politics won't be the same.
Tim Russert was an inspiring figure. An American. Straight foward, honest and clear headed.
He was a tribute to his Father and, I have no doubt, an inspiration and role model for his Son.

Posted by: Nick | June 13, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing today of Tim Russert. I never met Mr. Russert in person, yet since I found him in my living room nearly every Sunday morning, I feel like I've lost a family member. Of course I'll miss him on MTP, but I'll particularly miss his MSNBC interview program. On the one-on-one program you heard him laugh, you saw his passion for the Bills and of course "Big Russ" and the rest of his family, but most of all how he relished the conversation, the to-and-fro dialogue. We'll be missing Tim Russert in our home for a long time to come.

Posted by: MDL | June 13, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sunday mornings will never be the same. He leaves a lasting legacy, but his life ended far too soon. A great loss to everyone.

Posted by: Mary Walker | June 13, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

You know that little game where you get to invite any 5 people in the world to your house for dinner one evening? Tim was always on my list.

I am just so incredibly sad...

Posted by: Jeffrey | June 13, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Our condolences and prayers to Tim Russert's family. This is a man who projected the joy of his profession with every broadcast and informed us all with great insight and objectivity. We rush home from church on Sunday to watch MTP. Now there is a chasm to fill. The country was enriched with his presence and now we are bereft.
With sympathy to us all, as we all will be missing him.

Posted by: S.P. Manion | June 13, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm an upstate New Yorker (Rochester) and a Catholic, like Tim. I identified with him, particularly when he mentioned the Buffalo Bills. I admired and respected him, and took him at his word. He was an analyst and reporter whom I had faith in, I guess is the best way to put it. I'm praying for him and his family, and believe he will be sorely missed.

Posted by: Donald Dorschel | June 13, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I always liked the way Russert ended MTP -- with a light-hearted question about sports, family or whatever would make his guest smile. It ended the show in a way that left his guest in control, no matter how roughed up he/she might have felt by Russert's grilling. A class act. Cable news take note.

Posted by: New York | June 13, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


NBC ANNOUNCES WORDS OF WISDOM AND 37th&OSTREET WILL CO-HOST MEET THE PRESS


Obama camp in disarray


Axelrod said to be "livid" complains NBC is turning on him, says that he is personally hurt by decision.

Plouffe says NBC decision is "like a stab in the back from a close friend."

Michigan and Florida Voters Cheer Decision - Celebrations in the Streets of Lansing and Miami.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping to wake up any minute now. I feel like I've been sucker punched. Not now, Tim. We need you now more than ever. My condolences to your friends and family, and my congratulations to you: You lived a spectacular life and you will be sorely missed by millions who now face the uphill challenge of staying informed and educated about American politics without your help.

Let's not use these comments speculate as to who his replacement might be on Meet The Press. People like Tim are irreplaceable.

Posted by: Matt | June 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Huffington's people say that this is Tim Russert's was in the bag for hillary and doing her bidding, that Russert ... Mr.Potatohead needed to STFU and stop playing with people's lives. SO KARMA IS A BOWL OF CHERRIES

Posted by: GO OBAMA | June 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

This man was a very well respected honest truthful man who you could tell was informed and told us what WAS happening not necessarily what some people wanted to hear. IF there are elections to replace that almost ICONIC man on his show Chris Matthews comes the closest to his class of journalist. Some other have their own agenda to promote and don't care what any of the viewers wants or need to hear.
He was love and respected and My Love and my family's Love and Prays go out to his family, and the NBC family who loved and respected him.

Posted by: Isis10 | June 13, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was an outstanding journalist, and according to those who knew him an outstanding human being. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Chris.

Posted by: Andy | June 13, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

If politics is your religion, then Meet the Press is your Sunday morning service. Thank you Tim for your tireless work on behalf of the American voter.

Posted by: LACK | June 13, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This news was a horrible gut punch. I always loved watching Russert, whether it was Meet the Press or his Saturday MSNBC program or just shooting the breeze on a primary night. He was the best in the business. As a young political junkie, I can say his unvarnished enthusiasm for political and getting at the truth inspired me to get involved more in the Democratic process.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 13, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It is just heart breaking that Tim has left us. Our country really is at a crossroads and each Sunday morning on Meet the Press, and really, anytime he was on the news, Tim asked the hard questions, challenged the candidates, and brought information to me as a voter.

You could see his passion for his job and his love of politics in his smile and in his eyes. He wore his love of the Buffalo Bills on his sleeve. His pride in his son, particularly in his recent graduation, was all to evident.

This nation has lost a great man with great passion. I just say thank you Tim for inspiring me to be involved every time you took the microphone. God Speed.

Posted by: jhl | June 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

As a recent college graduate with a degree in Journalism, it saddens me on the loss of such a visionary man. Tim Russert was and still is a key influential figure in the Journalism world. He in my opinion brought respect, hope, and honor to the Journalism environment as well as the global community. As soldiers salute and consider there fellow soldiers like brothers, we Journalists do the same. On behalf of the Journalism community as well as global, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Russert family for a fallen icon. May he rest in peace. Tim Russert. 1950-2008

Posted by: Benyamin Yaffe | June 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about Tim Russert is that he was truly tough to both sides. He wasn't one of those journalists who let his bias show, unlike Matthews or Olbermann, both of whom might as well work for the dnc. Tim was great at what he did. He was an even better person.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad...I started watching MTP in high school and my Sundays always revolved around it. He will be missed more than anyone can ever say.

Posted by: Brian | June 13, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

We will miss Tim, a man we loved and loved to hate but whose opinions we respected and looked forward to hearing whether on MTP or in his many incarnations on MSNBC. He was both our Sunday morning mass and wake up call. Our prayers go out to him and his family.

Posted by: J.Skiffer | June 13, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I am just devastated by this loss. As I quipped to my friends, I spent more Sunday mornings with Tim Russert than with any other man. My thoughts are with his family.

Posted by: Nancy B | June 13, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Character is demonstrated by action. Mr. Russert's questions and observations were precise and to the point. Yet his brevity and precision never compromised the respect and honor with which he treated his guests and responsibility as a journalist. I enjoyed Mr. Russert's work, not only because I always learned something new, or gained a new perspective, but also because he demonstrated that civil, intellectual political debate can lead to understanding rather than division.

Posted by: D Winter | June 13, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Tim was incomparable as a political journalist, and I can't imagine what it will be like to go forward toward the election without him leading the way. He was having the time of his life as we moved through the primary season. I'm sad for all of us, but especially for him, that he won't be able to see the outcome.

My deepest condolences to his family and co-workers.

Posted by: Sally1860 | June 13, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was a national treasure and a much looked-forward to part of each week for me. We are fortunate to have had him.

Posted by: JPAZ | June 13, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The only thing relating to politics that my father and I could ever agree on was that we both liked watching Tim Russert. A lot. I will miss him. A lot.

Posted by: Leah in NYC | June 13, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I wanted so badly to meet or even catch a glimpse of him at this year's convention. For as long as I can remember, Tim Russert was the deity we politicos worshipped on Sunday mornings--and the rare weeknight. My tears are for a man loved like one of my family--for a man whose impact on journalism and politics changed our country and his craft for the better.
You will be missed, Tim. My deepest prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Election night will never be the same.

Posted by: lh | June 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

A huge loss for journalism as well as the country.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Posted by: Valentina | June 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This is such a tremdous loss for our country.

Jounalists: Please heed his warnings just published today on the MSNBC website.

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 13, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

To journalism students everywhere: Study Tim Russert. Learn how it's done right.

Posted by: Pat O' | June 13, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I had the privilege to speak with him briefly several times in the lunchroom during my time at WRC. Nothing more than pleasantries, but it was an honor nonetheless to meet a living legend.

You know Mr. Russert is already working St. Peter for an exclusive with the Man Upstairs.

Posted by: JimMc | June 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

God had His white board inscribed today with the message...Tim Russert, Tim Russert, Tim Russert. Our great loss is Heaven's gain.

My sympathies to his family, his friends, and his many fans. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Punned It | June 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This really is a shock.
In years to come, Tim will remain a benchmark for all political journalists to emulate. Cannot imagine Sundays without MTP, the only show I watched regularly.
Heartfelt condolences to his family.

Posted by: Purush | June 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

As a D.C. area journalism and politics student, the news of Tim Russert's passing has shocked and saddened me deeply. Tim Russert represents the gold standard in the field, and his passion and thoroughness are what my classmates and I aspire to embody. My dad always says that Russert and his little white board are what demystified the America electoral system for him. What a shame to have lost him so young. I know he must be chewing God out right now for taking him before November 2008. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Posted by: Priya | June 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I was never a big fan, but I always respected his straight forward honesty and directness, humanity and humility.

I think there are only two people alive who he "ranks" with...Daniel Shore and Walter Cronkite. Good company indeed.

Tim, thanks for sharing your intellect with us and burning so brightly.

Posted by: Morgan Gale | June 13, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

As a recent journalism graduate yet also a contemporary of his, I have often felt that Tim Russert spoke for me. He personified the ideals of a great journalist -- fair, balanced, provocative but never rude, curious, persistent, always seeking the truth ... He will be deeply missed.

Posted by: Susan M. | June 13, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I was on the phone in DC with my ATL sister when the news flashed over CNN. I am entirely devastated. We couldn't even remember a host before Tim Russert, even when we were kids. Our sympathies for his family and colleagues, heck, the entire political world. There's no one like Tim Russert. I guess that his work here on earth was done...

Posted by: Suzy Queue | June 13, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As a D.C. area journalism and politics student, the news of Tim Russert's passing has shocked and saddened me deeply. Tim Russert represents the gold standard in the field, and his passion and thoroughness are what my classmates and I aspire to embody. My dad always says that Russert and his little white board are what demystified the America electoral system for him. What a shame to have lost him so young. I know he must be chewing God out right now for taking him before the Nov. 08. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Posted by: Priya | June 13, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As many others have said, I have a profound sadness for someone who I only knew through television. I feel a strong sense of loss for the American political system, the prospect of open and honest political dialogue in this country, and the (somewhat small) gamut of dedicated and genuine political journalist.

Sunday mornings will never be the same.

RIP Tim Russert and deepest condolences to his family. The world lost a brilliant, dedicated man and his family lost a devoted husband and father to whom we can only strive to replicate.

Posted by: BrianRF | June 13, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

He was a journalist's journalist - the best of the best. This is a loss for the entire country, a sad day.

Posted by: sls | June 13, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

We will miss you, Tim. Thank you for informing us.

Posted by: Brittman1 | June 13, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to his family.

Tim Russert was a great great American, and I will so badly miss spending my Sunday morning with him.

Posted by: Rich Cain | June 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My ATL sister and I (in DC) were on the phone when the news flashed over CNN. I'm devastated and my sister and I couldn't even remember who the host was when we were kids. Our sincere sympathies to his family and colleagues. What a tremendous loss. There was no one like Tim Russert: an extraordinary political journalist and amazing mensch! I guess that his work here was done...

Posted by: Suzy Queue | June 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I am so sad. He was a great commentator - well spoken, direct and likable. He never appeared to have an agenda other than to inform his viewers and help said viewers understand the political process. I will miss him.

Posted by: Hill | June 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Russert family. Sunday mornings will never be the same, as we have lost a fine man and journalist that exemplified integrity and dedication to the craft. Tim was one of the very few that I could trust. God Bless Tim's family and the NBC family during this difficult loss.

Posted by: J Cox | June 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine a Sunday morning without a cup of coffee, a hangover, and Tim on Meet the Press. It was the perfect combination.

I honestly can't even imagine election night in November without him.

Posted by: Josh | June 13, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

To quote Russert's old boss Daniel Patrick Moynihan (regarding JFK's assasination):

"To be Irish is to know the world is going to break your heart."

As an Irish-Catholic ex-journalist my heart got broken in two ways with this news.

RIP Tim and GO BILLS

Posted by: CapitalCat | June 13, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked. Tim had a unique ability to ask the tough questions without making himself a part of the story. He was entetaining and humble, and I will seriously miss his keen analysis in this monumentally important election.

Posted by: myhojda | June 13, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert changed the face of American journalism forever. He turned a field that was often regarded in a negative light and provided an example for the scores of young journalists who will come after him. American politics was infinitely better for having Tim Russert to probe its limits. You will be forever missed.

Posted by: iowan | June 13, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I just heard the news and cannot even imagine what Sunday mornings will be like from now on. He is one of the few political journalists I respected and I looked forward to his show each week. I think the tremendous insight he gave to our political process is not matched by anyone in broadcast journalism.

Posted by: Sharon | June 13, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

As a viewer from Ireland and a keen student of American politics can I add my condolences for Americas loss. Someone said in an earlier post that Tim was the best part of MTP , he was MTP. My thoughts are with his Father and his family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Pat McAuliffe Ireland | June 13, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Awful News ... we will be worse off without him. Thanks for all your hard work, desire, and passion.

Posted by: Bill Monroe | June 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Words still can't capture how I feel right now...I am a millenial, one of those "kids" born after Generation X and (even as I say this I am tearing up), Tim Russert introduced a generation to the passion, his passion for politics. I never met him, however, for the past several years I felt as if I had a course with my favorite professor on Sunday mornings. Who will teach us now? Thank you "Doc" Russert...Thank you for teaching a Generation who is just coming into their own.

Posted by: Damien | June 13, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Just like the passing of Peter Jennings, Tim's passing will be mourned. Both were what is the best that America has to offer. You were great Tim and we love you for being original.

Posted by: Mohammed S | June 13, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

We all miss Tim.
My first reaction is fear. Much like a soldier standing alone on a battlefield, I worry that my buddy is no longer standing with me and I am vulnerable to the hostility of political lies without his diligence.

Posted by: lenhoffcpa@yahoo.com | June 13, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Tim was provocative, insightful, and aggressive. Most of his programs produced surprises, especially for the guests who had hoped to control the message. He gave meaning to "interview." I respected him.

Posted by: Peter | June 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I would watch the webcast of MTP every Sunday night from my home in Oslo, Norway. His love for politics was contagious. I will always remember the energy and excitement he brought to that table every Sunday. An irreplaceable figure that will be sadly missed by people in the US and beyond. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Posted by: Christopher | June 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Trying to understand the tears I cry for someone I only knew through TV; but they are real and that I do understand. You will be missed Tim. Never would I have thought yesterday while watching you on MSNBC that you wouldn't be with us today. Such is life, but it's still so hard to believe. Rest in Peace.

Posted by: Cheri | June 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

He was my lournalism icon, someone whom I could look to for trust. He was fair to both sides. I particularly liked his annual series having Mr./Mrs. James/Mary Carville?madelin on on Mothrer's Day. I have read both of his books, I think I will read them again.

Posted by: chuck | June 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Journalists, Bloggers , wannabees, anyone else can only aspire to be a good as Tim Russert was in his profession.
Same goes for politicians, doctors, sports figures, etc

The world is a little less rich this afternoon

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 13, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

As someone who grew up in Buffalo and came to Washington for love of politics, I feel like I lost a member of my family. Tim Russert was without equal: whip-smart, influential, humble and engaging. He was the final word in politics.

I will always fondly remember the two short encounters I had with him.

Rest in peace, Tim.

Posted by: BuffaloKEG | June 13, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

To think, 2 days away from father's day and in the midst of an historic election. I hope they have plenty up white-boards in heaven.

Rest In Peace Tim.

Posted by: Canuck | June 13, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The best part of Sunday was Meet the Press, and the best part of MTP was Tim Russert. He was the prototype political journalist and the most credible of the gaggle.

Too bad he couldn't have lived to see this November's election!

RIP, Tim. You were a large part of America.

Posted by: MichaelT | June 13, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it. How sad that it takes a sudden loss like this to fully realize the space that this bright, dedicated man occupied in our national life and that he now leaves empty.

Someone else can and will go forward, in the nature of things, but nobody can replace him.

Our thoughts are with his family. He made it very clear to all of us how much he loved them.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | June 13, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert will be sorely missed come debate time this fall. He was one of the greats of journalism and I don't say that about many of them that are alive in this day and age.

Posted by: obiewan | June 13, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

My condolences go out to Tim's family and friends. It's a tremendous loss and it's a very sad day. He was simply The Best. He will be very missed. His journalistic skills were unmatched and he brough such passion to politics and government and under his leadership Meet the Press was THE choice on Sunday mornings. And he always stayed true to his Sabres and Bills and to Boston College. Just a sad, sad day.

Posted by: Brian | June 13, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, Tim Russert, despite the fact that he was a Democrat, was a lone wolf in the way he gave Republicans a fair shake and all politicians a tough interview. American citizens lost an invaluable reporter who pulled back the curtains for the good of our democracy.

Posted by: buckybacker97 | June 13, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

....and remarkably, in a cynical and nasty business, he always did it with a smile on his face.

All of us political junkies will sorely miss you Tim. Thank you for your integrity and passion.

There is no replacement for this man.

Posted by: Arlington Voter | June 13, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

This sucks. I'd have rather Tim hung around at the least to comment and interview all throughout the rest of this political process, which he obviously showed his passion without a doubt. He will be missed.

We will miss you Tim. Lord bless your soul. Rest in peace. You are free from your ailment.

To his family: Stay strong. Lord bless you too.

Tim was Very talented. There is only one Tim.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 13, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Russert gone at 58; it just takes my breath away. He clearly was one person who was not afraid to live his life in the present, with honesty and with conviction. He has truly been and will continue to be an inspriration to many of us for the rest of our lives.

Posted by: oddjob | June 13, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert will be sorely missed.

He was truly one of a kind and no Sunday morning will ever be complete.

Thoughts and prayers to his family. (nn)

Posted by: nsquared | June 13, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

As I sit here at my desk in Buffalo, I am profoundly saddened... Our community has lost one of its greatest citizens, and ambassadors. The nation has lost one of its brightest lights.

Posted by: Peter Ciotta | June 13, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert will be sorely missed.

He was truly one of a kind and no Sunday morning will ever be complete.

Thoughts and prayers to his family. (nn)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

In this campaign, he managed to ask some real questions in the midst of touch screens and big sets and obnoxious commercials.

How tragic for his family, coming off a wonderful time away together and proudly graduating a child.


Posted by: Stuart | June 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I am so, so sorry. Sunday morning was Tim Russert and Meet the Press. What a gentle giant in the world of professional journalism. What a standard bearer for those who follow.

My condolences to his lovely family.

Posted by: Marty | June 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

My heart breaks. Like many others have said, he was such a part of our Sunday mornings. I don't think I'll ever hear the MTP theme music again and not get choked up. My prayers to his family. RIP Tim, you will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Manda | June 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I never missed Meet the Press on SUnday mornings. He was always prepared to interview each and every person that appeared on his show. My heart goes out to his wife, son and father, as well as the rest of his family. This election just won't be the same without his insight and coverage. He will be deeply missed.

Posted by: sunmoon | June 13, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the entire Russert family. What a terrible, tragic loss for all of us.

Posted by: P Diddy | June 13, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I loved Tim's enthusiasm, and his love for his dad and his son and wife. How proud he was that his son loved his book about his father. Tim always brought such enthusiasm and optimism to discussions. Never snarky, never cynical. I will miss him very much.

Posted by: lemonfair | June 13, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It was too soon to have you go, Tim, too soon. Only 58.

What a huge void that is left now at MSNBC. Now it will be unnecessary to flip channels in between FNS and MTP. Whoever they get to replace him will be equally as inadequate as Mika Brezinsky filling in for Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe. pathetic.

My condolences to his family.. God bless them all.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | June 13, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

In an era of awful journalistic partisanship, you could always trust Tim Russert. He wasn't an advocate of a party or politician, he was the consumate advocate of his listeners. He sought the truth and told it.
What a huge understatement to say he will be missed. This is a sad day for American journalism, American politics, and for America.
Rest in peace, Tim.

Posted by: John Abdenour | June 13, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Russert, you were a class act, and you will be sorely missed. Prayers outgoing for your family.

Posted by: Jen | June 13, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a shock. Such a hardworking old-style newsman he raised the standard for political discourse in this country, especially compared to most of the rest of the corporate mainstream media. He seems to have died as he lived, working to report on the political process he loved and believed in so much. We should've had more years of his thorough professionalism and he DEFINITELY deserved more time with his family he obviously adored so much. So terribly sad.

It's now time for the public to demand that we move away from the loud, cynical and abrasive "personalities" and "analysts" seen throughout our mainstream news and move more of our media towards the fair, civil and solid example he set when covering politics. As Tim Russert showed us, our political process deserves as much attention, education, action and concern as we can give because ultimately our government is made of us, by us and for us.

Posted by: Mike | June 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

What a shock. It is hard to imagine my Sunday morning without him. His shows and commentaries were always insightful and thought-provoking. His intelligence was obvious, and even if you didn't always agree with where he was going, he was such a regular guy, you just had to like him.

My condolences to out to his wife Maureen, his son Luke, and his father Big Russ - and of course to the entire NBC and Washington political news family. This is a tremendous loss for all.

May you rest in peace Tim. GO BILLS!

Posted by: Lori | June 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

What a "class" act..what a gentleman...
He delivered the good and bad with taste and sensitiviy and respect for his extraordinary audience and fans. He informed, enlightened...a great journalist,
commentator and true patriot.
Where will we find another? I doubt we will..he was unique.
Thank you dear Tim Russert.

Posted by: Hannah Goldstein | June 13, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

We welcomed you into our homes every weekend (we watched the Saturday interview show as religiously as we watched the Sunday show) and words cannot describe how we feel. The reassuring "Our issues this week" will never be replaced by anyone else. Thanks for asking the tough questions and always doing what is right and fair. And for always keeping it dignified and respectful. Rest in Peace my friend.

George and Kathleen
Orlando, FL

Posted by: George and Kathleen | June 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Tim, I don't know what we will do without you this year. You were a fantastic journalist and role model. RIP.

Posted by: Leigh | June 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was the best. You could always get a fair and straight down the middle interview when watching him. I am a political junkie and I will miss his show "MTP" and all of his other appearances on MSNBC. RIP Tim.

Posted by: concerned7 | June 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

When I read the news about Tim I felt like all the air had been sucked out of the room. Like so many others I never missed MTP and was constantly amazed at what a consumate professional he was. I too feel like I've lost a member of my family, Sundays will never be the same.

Posted by: Rose | June 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This is such a shock. My sunday mornings will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Posted by: Dawn | June 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I never met the man, but I am sad. Tim Russert and MTP on Sundays, was the only thing on a Sunday that could distract me from football. I respected his opinion and always trusted the effort and integrity he put into his work. Sunday mornings will never be the same. RIP

Posted by: Donovan | June 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

An Irish blessing for Tim Russert . . . truly a sad for America

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Posted by: Mpls Dem | June 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I are devastated. This is like losing a member of the family. Everyone I know who watched MTP and followed politics admired him so much and I can't believe he's not going to be around to see the next President, how things end in Iraq, in general the future ahead for us as a people. My heart goes out to his wife and son and of course his dad. All the best to them from those of us who didn't know him but loved him just the same. Just awful.

Posted by: Aaron | June 13, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This is terribly sad and shocking news. I have not been a viewer of mtp, but Tim Russert was my FAVORITE political commentator on MSNBC. His no-nonsense style cut to the chase, and always advanced the discussion. Our national debate during this election season will be the poorer for his absence. Find peace, Tim.

Posted by: csigmon | June 13, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I am mourning the loss of Tim Russert as if he were a friend. Sunday mornings won't seem right without spending an hour watching MTP. I'm sure he was a wonderful man and my heart goes out to his family, friends and those lucky enough to work with him.

Posted by: Jeri - Newswatcher | June 13, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm in shock, having just heard of Tim's death on the local radio news.

Though it is his brilliant contribution to American political discourse that many will recall, to me, it was his two books that probably most revealed the giant of a man that he clearly was.

What a loss for us all.

Posted by: Margaret, Toronto Canada | June 13, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

-- May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.

Rest in peace.

Posted by: Kim | June 13, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Any politician that survived Tim Russert's grilling was OK in my book. His questions were probing, non-partisan and a reflection of what many Americans were wondering. He'll be greatly missed.

Posted by: Larry Halstead | June 13, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I will miss his smile

Posted by: emily | June 13, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

My Sunday mornings will forever be changed and the political voice of reason, no more.

My prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Posted by: Karen | June 13, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed watching how much he enjoyed all the politics with Obama, Hillary, McCain.

Rest Tim

Posted by: Roz | June 13, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Meet the Press and a cup of coffee was my Sunday morning church. I will miss his tough and non-partisan questioning, and his wonderful passion and love of politics. I don't know who could possibly fill in the gap his untimely death will leave us. Be at peace, Tim.

Posted by: Rachel | June 13, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

this too tough to take

Posted by: bryan | June 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was fair and strong and loved his country--that's why he put so much of himself into his work. We were all blessed with the chance to see and hear him on MTP and MSNBC.
We'll always remember him. He set the bar high--thank you, Tim Russert!

Posted by: Rob McGarrah | June 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What a tremendous loss to all who knew him or felt that they knew him. Russert and MTP exemplified the very best of professional and well sourced reporting--something so rarified in today's rushed, 24/7 news cycle. Tim's manner and passion made it easy to love the sport of politics. All best to his family and friends.

Posted by: Dianne | June 13, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Tim, RIP...

In the last few years, Tim also experienced the heat of being a part of the Valerie Plame outing. Remember that one? Remember his testimony and how NBC did everything they could to protect him and his good name and force Fitzgerald to back off?

Further, if you paid attention to the testimony at the Scooter Libby trial, you'll know that he was considered the "GET" where the VP and other Iraq war supporters went to lie about the WMD, etc.

While being someone the White House and politicians used, those of us who couldn't "...do Sundays" with MTP will miss him.

Wish I'd have known the truth behind his involvement in Plamegate before he passed.

RIP Tim!

Posted by: victoria2dc | June 13, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

MTP Every Sunday. And his last show, with six political pundits talking about their lessons learned on the campaign trail -- Perfectly fitting.

What a tragedy. I hope at the conclusion of election night, all television reporters remember to raise a glass to Tim Russert. It is a pity he will miss so momentous an election.

Posted by: Tony C. SA TX | June 13, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of my very favorite political journalist. I feel like I have lost a friend. Like someone else said, what am I going to do on Sunday without Tim on Meet the Press! My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by: jeri@seibelkatzcap.com | June 13, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Definitaley a fixture in my household on Sunday morning. I will miss him dearly. God bless you and your family Tim.

Posted by: Tracey Love | June 13, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was Sunday morning. He was politics. He was journalism.

I left the field in part because I realized that the reality was not as I had romanticized it growing up: Tim Russert was the exception to the unfortunate rule. I fear that political journalism in America today could crumble without him as a foundation. He was an institution, and he will be deeply missed.

Posted by: mat | June 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that makes Russert's death (slightly) less tragic is knowing that he had such a huge impact on others and lived such a wonderful life. He will be missed by a grateful country.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tim was a long time friend who will be greatly missed. He left a major imprint on American political journalism and represented the best of us as a people.

We should all aspire to be as good to our family, friends and to this country as Tim was to his.

None of us will forget you!

Posted by: FLOYD KEPHART | June 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad and shocking. As a student of political journalism, I have greatly looked up to Tim Russert for all of my young adult years. The news of his death brought tears to my eyes. He was such an amazing journalist and an inspiration to all. He will be thoroughly missed.

Posted by: Melanie | June 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert and Meet the Press had a huge impact on the direction I decided to take in my life. I grew up with Meet the Press on Sundays, and without such fantastic political journalism, I probably would never have pursued this interest in school and beyond. We are in mourning today. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by: ASullivan | June 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was one of those guys who we thought would always be there. Like the old church in the center of town or that huge oak tree in the backyard, he seemed like a thread through time and a presence that would span for countless generations. Hopefully his legacy still will.

Posted by: CCDC | June 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

he was a great person who love his job with abilities and determination to present the best way with accuracy to my believe and sincerety to the public in true spirit of Jounalism.

I used to watch his this sunday main show MTP and will greatly miss hin. I wish all the best to his soul and patience to his familly and ralative. He was a great man in presenting the best in love of his job as Journalist.

Posted by: Saeed u. Din | June 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

i don't understand beans about politics, but to see him almost daily on the news, it was like watching a cousin or uncle. he seemed to be just like you & me, doing his job, but his eyes opened wide when he talked. he seemed to love his work. to coin an old school phrase, a regular joe. thank you tim

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

A great, great loss to all who had any interest in American politics. Like many, he was my absolute favorite politcal journalist and he will be missed during this most exciting politcal season. My heart breaks for his wife and son; he was a gracious man who loved his family, his profession and country. This is such a real loss. My prayers to his family.

Posted by: Valerie | June 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to read that we've lost another respected journalist in a world where journalism plays fast and loose with the facts. Tim Russert brought a level of uncompromising credibility to any issue he covered during his career - especially politics - that few in the media seem to be capable of any more. Tim, I think, deserves to be recognized in the pantheon of great journalists like Murrow, Sevaried, and Cronkite. He will be sadly missed...

Posted by: Ron Glenn | June 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Tim. You were the best in the business and now you've left huge shoes to fill. Thanks for making us think and really care about politics.

Posted by: mnteng | June 13, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What a terrible loss and shock to hear that Tim is gone. He made politics interesting, understandable, and called the shots as he saw them. I will miss his intelligence, his laughter and right on the dime commentaries. Never met him, but felt like he was just a regular guy with a passion for politics and the truth. My sympathy to the Russert family. Take comfort in knowing how much Mr. Russert was admired, respected and loved. He will be missed and definitely is NOT replacable.

Posted by: Cusie | June 13, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What am I going to do on Sundays?
Tim, may your soul find eternal peace.

Posted by: mhossain | June 13, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is such a tragedy. This was a man who was larger than life, but so simple, so humble. He loved life so much, and was so quickly taken from us at his prime and at such a great historical moment in time. I am deeply saddened!

Posted by: Jason | June 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert will surely be missed by all of us political junkies. I so loved his MTP show.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am in shock. Tim's death is like having a member of your family suddenly pass away. Tim connected with his audience. My husband and I so enjoyed watching Tim, his questions and commentaries were thought provoking and he will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Grim reaper - can we trade for Olbermann? Very few would miss him, if anyone.

Posted by: loony libs | June 13, 2008 4:26 PM

Loony - Thats a sick comment.

Posted by: Bruce | June 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The world needs more people who set the bar high. Tim was such a man.

The best way to honor his legacy, is to embody the wonderful qualities he had, and follow his fine example as a decent and gifted human being.

Posted by: Cindy | June 13, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm a huge fan of MTP, actually TiVO it every week and enjoy watching Tim throw up quote and take people to task...but as someone who's family is originally from Buffalo, NY (my father grew up in the same South Buffalo neighborhood that Tim did), I truly enjoyed it unabashed love for that tiny city and it's people and sports teams.

It's a sad day today -- I honestly don't know how the political and news world will bounce back from this.

Posted by: Kristin | June 13, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Tim is one of a handful of journalists who have had to fill the shoes of the imminent Cronkite.

Tim did us all proud and was a credit to political journalism and storytelling.

Posted by: chadibuins | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Sunday mornings will be a little less interesting now that he has departed. He was truely passionate about what he did and it showed in every broadcast he appeared. He will be missed.

Posted by: Randall | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Condolences to his wife and family. He did seem to be the most impartial commentator out there.

Tell your loves ones you love them every day. You never know when the day shall come.

R.I.P. Tim

Posted by: hux | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What a huge loss for us all, but we're the richer for his insight and wisdom. Condolences to the Russert family - you are in my prayers

Posted by: hpjafari@hotmail.com | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

He obviously had an enormous impact on the national stage, but his effect was just as big in smaller arenas.

Sometime around the mid '90s, I was a PR hack for a large non-profit in the western NY community of Rochester--60 miles from Tim's Buffalo, NY home--I was part of a team who was trying to figure out--simply--how to articulate priorities to donors and stakeholders about the need to reduce teen pregnancy and increase graduation rates. We took a couple of stabs at it, but all our sound bites seemed to fall flat.

Then, I watched Tim and MTP one Sunday morning, one of my weekend rituals. Tim was interviewing someone, asking about priorities for youth in our nation. That's when Tim asked his guest something like: "Is there any doubt that kids should go to school, graduate, get married and have children--*in that order*?" His statement had a profound effect on me.

Less than 3 weeks after that, I wrote a speech for the top person in the organization. He delivered it at a large event using similar words that Tim used--and suddenly, the message stuck. The campaign was a success.

I have often wished I had the opportunity to meet and thank Tim after one of his Saturday evening visits for mass to the chapel on the Georgetown campus. But this recognition, unfortunately, is all I can offer. My thanks, Little Russ.

RIP Tim Russert. Go Bills.

Posted by: Hoya Dad Neal in Phoenix | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It is with such sadness and shock when I learned of Tim's passing. As most I did not know the man except through what he gave of himself every week, but always enjoyed his show and political coverage. Truly a man who cared about everyone.
My condolences to his entire family.

Posted by: Christine | June 13, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Also, such a good, good person

Posted by: eric | June 13, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Although it's both ironic and tragic, Russert would have probably laughed at keeling over on Friday the 13th. And Father's Day? He was the best. Nationally recognized. His son made it out of college.

But, I really hate if for "Big Russ". I assume he is frail and hope he is not lucid. If so, that is the ultimate sadness. No father, particularly "Big Russ", wants to survive his son. But, it will be a hell of a reunion someday.

Posted by: Cue up Danny Boy Please | June 13, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

A tragic loss. We were devoted followers and respectful of his commentary even when we disagreed. We feel as thought we lost a member of the family. Our prayers are with his family.

Posted by: Allen Texas | June 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

this is a tremendous loss for TV viewers and even-keeled politicoes.

It is the death knell for NBC and MSNBC. He was the last sane and reasonable guy over there. they are doomed.

Grim reaper - can we trade for Olbermann? Very few would miss him, if anyone.

Posted by: loony libs | June 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

A colossal loss to politics and journalism. A mighty oak has fallen.

Posted by: Pete in Trondheim | June 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm only 23, but I've been watching Tim Russert on MTP since I was 11 years old when I first started getting interested in politics. Tim Russert was a giant and an excellent journalist. My sunday mornings will never be the same.

Posted by: David Dailey | June 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Tim will surely be missed. Sundays were breakfast and MTP - they go hand in hand. Even when I have late Saturday nights, I would always get up to watch MTP - then go back to bed. Tim, may your soul Rest In Peace. My prayers go out to you and your family - we all share their loss.

Rest In Peace. You have done good.

Posted by: Roger | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was truly "fair and balanced". Unlike many broadcast journalists and political analysts, he did not let his personal bias compromise his professionalism. He will be missed.

Posted by: g9knight | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Tim was a wonderful, insightful & trustworthy interviewer. Sunday mornings will feel empty for a long time.

Posted by: David Scott Smith | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Russert had a way with political pundits, politicians and self-proclaimed political stars that the other political journalists just cannot quite match. He was never really argumentative but he didn't take any crap either - he kept everyone honest. His shoes will long remain unfilled.

Posted by: Bill D | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Our tragic loss...heaven's eternal gain.

Rest in peace, Tim.

Posted by: Nittany Lion Girl | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I am so so saddened today by this news. His word was of the very few that I trusted in the media and especially regarding the political forums. He is one person who has impacted persons, like myself, who was totally uninterested in politics until you broke your neck to hear his take on things. I really miss you!!

Posted by: Jessica Brooks | June 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

RIP Tim. you will be sorely missed. I am in shock. condolences to the Russert family.

Posted by: chip | June 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

One of the giants in politics and fairness, has left us. He will be missed for many, many reasons.
God Speed Tim.

Posted by: jan | June 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The voice of calm knowledge, reason, a civilizing force. A pleasure to watch, to learn from, to admire. I loved the man and I never met him personally. His passing is cause for grief.

Posted by: orionw | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Life is short. Live life to the fullest, and tell you love ones that you love them daily. You never know when it'll be your last chance.

R.I.P. Tim

Posted by: Ronald | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Like others, I was devastated to hear the news, and was surprised at how broken up I am at the death of someone who I didn't know. He was my absolute favorite political journalist. I just don't know how I can follow the rest of the election without him. I very much enjoyed reading "Big Russ and Me" and am now really glad I went to a book signing to have him sign it. Sunday mornings will never be the same again. RIP, Tim.

Posted by: JLF | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked. Tim Russert was by far my favorite political commentator and I always listened when he spoke. I don't know who can possibly fill his shoes - he provided such a valuable service to our democracy - asking hard questions of our leaders and furthering our political discourse. I will miss him. I can't even imagine how his family must feel right now. I will pray for them.

Posted by: Lee | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am so sad to hear this news. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I always felt like I knew him--it was like watching a friend every Sunday.

Posted by: Jamie | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Very difficult to comprehend - really gonna miss him on Sunday mornings - gonna have to go to church now ....

Posted by: sof99999 | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

His Democratic roots notwithstanding, I found Tim Russert to be one of the most objective, "call 'em as you see 'em" and common sense television personalities around, without the liberal edge of Olberman/Matthews or the conservative edge of O'Reily. He was all class, all the time. His white board from the 2000 election is a historical icon, and his measured tenor on the airwaves is something we need so much more of. When David Brinkey retired, we are fortunate to have had Russert already there to lead Sunday mornings. With all due respect to Wolf and George, they just aren't in the same league. There will be a gaping hole in Sunday morning talk for a long time to come.

I can only imagine the grief being experienced by his family, especially his son Luke. This is truly tragic. Rest in peace, Mr. Russert.

Posted by: JT | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Devastating loss to all whose lives Tim has touched.
Our condolences to Tim's wife, children and family.
Rest in peace Tim. We will miss you!

Posted by: thead family | June 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for being the American voice and moderator for a divided country over the last 12 years. Your easy intelligent manner helped soothe many trouble spots throughout your amazing career. Your focus and determination earned you many fans throughout the country. We the American people will miss you this Sunday when Meet the Press airs....and we will know your spirit has traveled to the big newsroom in the sky..watch over us..pray for us and you gave us all a sense of political involvement by your well informed interviews and newscasts.

Posted by: Punkin Shananaquet | June 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Tim cannot be replaced. He was the fairest in a field where fairness is the epitome but not the norm. As a person, as a husband and father, we all knew him that way, too, and so I know our hearts go out to his wife Maureen and son Luke. There are a lot of lumps in throats today and there will be for a long time.

The greatest tribute would be that if young journalists would strive to follow his model of rigor and commitment to research and compassion and honesty. Not just his professional model, but also the way he lived his personal life.

I bet Tim already has Jesus booked for his new heavenly show.

God bless you, Tim. God bless.

Posted by: Karen | June 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Both R's and D's complained he was too tough on their side. The best compliment for a true newsman. We need more like him to seek truth among the spin.

Posted by: Andrew | June 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to his family.

I felt like he was part of our family. We have watched him what seems like daily and loved his insight and appeal. We heard him speak twice and he was as powerful in person as he was on TV. What a sad sad day.

Posted by: JW | June 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"I truly feel like I have lost a member of my own family. I shared and admired two distinct passions with Tim: the love of politics and the love of family. "Big Russ and Me" was a groundbreaking tribute to the kind of dad we all would love to have, and that a lucky some of us indeed did."

His dad is still alive, isn't he? That's pretty sad in itself.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dude is irreplaceable. Nobody else measures up to him, and it is a huge loss not having him for the election season.

Posted by: copa | June 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I watched him religiously every Sunday morning. And I am only 36. He was like a kid in a candy store when he talked about this year's primary election.
For those who have no heart and say wrethched things on here -- shame on you. You can only dream that anyone on this earth will think of highly as you when you are gone as millions of us do Mr. Russert. God bless him and his family. We will miss you Tim, but you will never be forgotten. Never.

Posted by: Duane in Philly | June 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This man had my complete respect.

Posted by: Mike | June 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Such tragic news. Taken far too soon. I didn't always agree with him but it was my Sunday routine to sit and watch MTP and yell at his guests and offer my own commentary.
My condolences to his family.

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

I feel sick, sad, shocked-this man who I never knew personally was someone who had become part of our daily life-we looked to him for insight, answers, analysis on the important issues that affect us all. I can't even imagine,if I feel this way, what his colleagues, friends, and family must feel. I am so very, very sorry...

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

As a member of a generation that was raised in the wisdom-free zones of MTV and Headline News, I always felt that Tim Russert was the voice we could trust when we wanted to be serious. I don't know that there was anyone like him. Tim reached across all generations and all political stripes to tell us the story as clearly as he could. He was sharper than the slickest politician, and so we always rooted for him. He was tenacious, but his tenacity always felt fair. He offered opinions freely, but those opinions were rooted not just in facts, not just in truth, but in something much greater-- wisdom. What a talent. What a terrible loss. We will miss you, Tim.

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

I'm stunned. I will miss his wit, humor, commentary...and of course, that white board on election night.

Rest in Peace, Tim. Sunday will never be the same.

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

Looked forward to MTP every Sunday. Shocking and sad news. My condolences to his family.

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

I'm stunned. My sympathies to the Russert family. Sunday mornings will NEVER be the same. His questioning, his research, his enthusiasm, the white board, "Are you going to run in 2008?" "Go Bills" Tim was a class act and he will be greatly missed.

Posted by: AC | June 13, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is truly a loss. Tim Russert elevated the conversation and discourse through his smarts and journalistic integrity. I did not know him personally, but I do feel the loss.

My deepest condolences to his family. He left his mark.

Posted by: Laura | June 13, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I truly feel like I have lost a member of my own family. I shared and admired two distinct passions with Tim: the love of politics and the love of family. "Big Russ and Me" was a groundbreaking tribute to the kind of dad we all would love to have, and that a lucky some of us indeed did. My Sunday mornings will now and forevermore be tinged with the sorrow of missing that voice.

Posted by: Tim Lundell | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace Tim... You will be missed.

Posted by: Jeet | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

How terribly sad. I'm in shock.

My thoughts and love to his family. He was a great man and I enjoyed watching him every week. He will be missed.

Posted by: Vicki | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

What startled me always was the vigour with which he used to pursue issues and politicians. Clearly a master act. He wil be sadly missed and the timing is so inappropriate.

Posted by: Sen | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Tim was the voice of understanding people in Washington. He gave us the inspiration to study politics in time as a moving drama which he portrayed so well. He was a news executive who became the common exchange for politics.

Posted by: Dave Skiles | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

No one exuded more pure joy while talking politics than Tim Russert. It won't be the same without him.

Posted by: Ari | June 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I loved to watch MTP and, as another commenter said, switched to MSNBC, in part, to hear his other shows. I did not always agree with his views, which at times seemed to focus too much on the immediate event of the day, the overall excellence of his shows, the tenacity and excitement that he brought to everything he touched will be sorely missed. He is a lion in the field of political journalism who cannot be replaced. It will take a long time to recover from the shock of losing him at such a young age.

Posted by: Weiant | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This is such a huge loss - of course first and foremost for his loved ones, and also for millions of people who were impacted by his sharp mind and love of political discourse. Whenever I saw him on TV I would know that I was about to hear political gospel. May he rest in peace and his wife and family find solace.

Posted by: lkcsb | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

There will be a tremendous hole in the coverage of the presidential election this year, and for many years to come. He WAS Sunday morning. What a blow.

Posted by: DD | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

My favorite political interviewer, pundit, and analyst, and the most honest and fair commentator I have seen. Meet The Press was a staple on my TV every Sunday, Tim you were the best!!! RIP, and my condolences to his friends and family. A great loss.

Posted by: Maceo | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It is a testament to Russert's singular qualities as a journalist that I can't think of one person who could adequately fill his shoes on MTP.

Posted by: Alex | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This just hits me in the heart. I don't believe it!

Posted by: norma | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I had the pleasure of seeing Russert speak live. I have to say, the man does his homework. He seemed to be quite smart, even without a teleprompter in front of him. I will miss the concise commentary he offers when the other pundits are rambling on about statistics we don't give a hoot about. Yes, the loss of Tim will make the rest of this Presidential campaign seem even longer. I for one expect I will miss Tim quite a bit in the days and weeks to come. Not replaceable.

Posted by: DC Grrl | June 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Ohhh! Political junkies are bereaved. Rest in peace Tim.

Posted by: Jane Kamau | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

If only you were our would-be President....I would have someone to vote for that is That Person.
I am heartbroken...and the family is forever fractured.

Posted by: Lee | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

when tim took over MTP i became a huge fan and never missed the show. i've always had respect for him but that venue was tailor made for him --- he'll be greatly missed in this political malstrom we're enduring.

Posted by: kat | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Russert's death is tragic for his family and friends, But his career was tragic for our nation. Perhaps no "journalist" did more damage. Let us not forget this is the man Dick Cheney told Scooter Libby to use to manipulate the news because he was a pushover. If Cilizza is modeling his career on Russert, heaven help us.

Posted by: jecadebu | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM

This is not the day for this sentiment.

Show some class. Like Tim did every day.

Posted by: MN | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert's passing has really shocked me. I thought his interview style built on Mike Wallace's. His ability to box you in a corner with your own words was brilliant. As another poster says "Sunday's will be lonely this election season". Can anyone forget the chalkboard??? Florida, Florida, Florida

Posted by: sean o | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

He was a great journalist who was a joy to watch. His death is a great shock. At least he was able to have a vacation with his family before he passed away... He will be missed.

Posted by: Brooke | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Genuine, intelligent, thoughtful, unbiased, and tenacious political commentators are becoming more of a rarity these days, and Russert was certainly one of the best. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

He brought joy here. If a man that large could ever be described as impish, Tim always seemed to be getting a kick out of life. Whatever his burdens, he gave no sense of ever being weighed down. May he take that grace with him. He will be missed.

Posted by: Optimyst | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Russert was a giant. No one will be able to fill his shoes on Meet the Press. The guy was hands down the best interviewer I have ever seen. Always prepared. Incredibly knowledgeable. Sad, sad day for American political journalism.

Posted by: topperale | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I always trusted what Tim had to say about the polital scene. What a shame he left us so early. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by: Donna | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Tim's loss is sudden and tragic. The country mourns his loss with his family and loved ones. They are in our prayers.

There will definitely be something missing every sunday.

The news industry will not be the same.

My condolences.

Posted by: Googlybear | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad day for our country. For me Mr. Russert was Politics. I will always associate MTP with Tim Russert. Those will be some big shoes to fill.

Also what a great writer, his two books have brought me and my father closer together. For that I will always be grateful. My condolences go out to his wife and Son, and to Big Russ.

RIP - Tim Russert

Posted by: Josh | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The air was let out of the country when he died. This sucks - MTP was the best show on television, period.

I will be the first to prognosticate on his successor. I say David Gregory or Andrea Mitchell.

Posted by: bondjedi | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the saddest news I've heard in a long time. As a political junkie, I never failed to watch MTP and admired both Tim's skill and his compassion in interviews. His political analysis was beyond compare. He will be missed by everyone who respected journalism. I send my most sincere condolences to his family, to whom we know he was devoted, and to his colleagues. This is a staggering loss to us all.

Posted by: Julie Burns | June 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I would watch Tim on "Morning Joe" when I was getting ready for work. I really became educated on politics watching him. He really made me think before making my choices when going to the polls.I will miss his commentary on Election Night come this November.

Rest in peace.

Posted by: Mary | June 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's to you Tim Russert -- you always helped to remind us of the value of the 1st Amendment -- a free press ready and very able to hold our govenment accountable to the American people.

God Bless you and Big Russ - on this Father's Day. Go in Peace.

Posted by: GandalftheGrey | June 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You don't appreciate people until you lose them. I never slept enough Sunday morning because I had to watch MEET THE PRESS. Lately, Tim seemed unsteady, shaky even. My condolences to his family, to NBC and to America. As a student of cardiac medicine I am aware of that risk hump men face in their 50s.

I will pray for the Russet family in church this Sunday. God will be kind with his soul. But I can't think of any soothing words for his loved ones. Death is so painful. I can only console by saying that millions of us share their pain. GOD REST HIS SOUL...Let the rest of us be humble and remember him in terms of the goodness he contributed to our society. He was something we will miss and many of our youths will emulate...He will be remembered by many youths as a standard, that is a good legacy.

God rest his soul.Amen

Posted by: DE Teodoru | June 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Tim was the Keynote Speaker at my MBA graduation at Suffolk University in 2003. I never followed his show prior to that day. He gave a very inspiring speach and I've been a fan ever since. This is a great loss to political journalism and aspiring journalists everywhere.

Posted by: Styve | June 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Russert's passing is a huge loss to the thinking public. We looked to Russert for honesty and a trustworthy figure in reporting the news. He was a giant among journalists, and he will be missed for years to come.

Posted by: Maureen from Denver CO | June 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to his family during this tragic time. My thoughts are with them.

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

Tim Russert is the man. I TIVOed MTP if I could not watch it live. He always seemed to be fair and balanced (for real). His questioning style was outstanding. Sunday mornings will never be the same now. Prayers and peace be with his surviving family.

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

A truly decent human being. Rest in Peace.

Posted by: News Junkie 2 | June 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned. I had always hoped to meet him in person. Now there will be a huge hole in my news-geek heart. My thoughts are with his family, especially his father and son. RIP.

Posted by: Greenbelt Gal | June 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I literally screamed an obscenity when I saw the headline on the home page about Tim's death.

Truly a man who I have admired both for his tenacity but also his journalistic integrity for my entire life.

Can't believe that we won't be able to benefit from his incredible insight and candor during this pivotal election season.

Needless to say, one of my biggest thrills was meeting him at Politics & Prose during his book tour a few years back and getting an autographed copy of "Big Russ & Me".

RIP Tim and don't stop now; because you know he is asking everyone "above" the questions that we all want answered!

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

Condolences to his family for their tragic loss. My thoughts are with them.

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

My husband and I are so saddened by the sudden death of Tim Russert. He was a true professional. NBC has lost a valuable member of their news organization. Meet the Press is always on in our household on Sunday morning. Tim, you will be missed.

Posted by: aramey1 | June 13, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Russert's death is tragic for his family and friends, But his career was tragic for our nation. Perhaps no "journalist" did more damage. Let us not forget this is the man Dick Cheney told Scooter Libby to use to manipulate the news because he was a pushover. If Cilizza is modeling his career on Russert, heaven help us.

Posted by: jecadebu | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM

This is simply not the day for this sentiment. Show some class.

Posted by: MN | June 13, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What a shock! And I can't believe the timing. If I were him, I'd be pissed that I didn't get to see how things turned out in November. We'll miss his voice, his tenacity, wisdom ... I don't even know.

Posted by: CANewser | June 13, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the greatest losses I've ever felt for someone I never met. His honesty and desire to be truthful and fair is something I will sorely miss in this age of questionable journalism. He was in the league with Edward R. Morrow and Walter Cronkite.
One of the saddest things is that he will not be here for the election in November. He has been such an integral part of every minute of the campaign coverage. But I am sure he will be watching with great interest from above.
My sympathy to his family and friends.

Posted by: Lynda Clarke | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Russert was my favorite political journalist. MTP was must-see TV. Terrible news.

I would love to see Chuck Todd take Russert's place. Todd is objective and astute.

Posted by: Frank | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert was my favorite political journalist - the one I respected the most. MSNBC will not be the same without Tim, and my Sunday mornings will not be the same without Tim. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I would watch Tim on "Morning Joe" when I was getting ready for work. I really became educated on politics watching him. He really made me think before making my choices when going to the polls.I will miss his commentary on Election Night come this November.

Rest in peace.

Posted by: Mary | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

He was a gift to us all.
Russert worked hard to keep the political playing field level and the reportage honest.

A true dying breed.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I once saw Tim Russert at an event celebrating people who volunteered in the District of Columbia. Russert, as I recall, was someone who volunteered his time in the community, and that should be noted.

Posted by: KM | June 13, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Amazing journalist. What a sad day.

Posted by: Don Julio | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm just shocked. He was not old or in bad health. It's hard to believe this even happened.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What a tremendous and tragic loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. RIP Tim. We will miss you but will not ever forget you. Heartbroken...

Posted by: MaryAnn | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A tragic loss to our country and to the news world. Cannot be replaced. How he loved his family,all who came in contact with him,and his vocation.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by: News Junkie | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

This is some of the saddest news I've heard in a long time. As a political junkie, I never failed to watch MTP and admired Tim's skill and is compassion in interviews. And his political analysis was beyond compare. What a terrible loss for us all. I send my sincere condolences to his family and his colleagues and many admirers. This is devastating.

Posted by: Julie Burns | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm in denial. Can't imagine not seeing and hearing him in the coming years. What a truly interesting person -- and loyal always to our Beloved Bills.

Rest in peace...

Posted by: BuffaloBillsFan2 | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not overstating it to say this is a huge loss for our nation, particularly this year. What a classy man, a true intellect, and a journalist who stood for what the media should be about, not the nonsense we see on a lot of cable news. He was SO important. I am so sad. You'll be missed, Tim.

Posted by: Sad in San Diego | June 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee... can we really go forward with the election!! Sure won't be the same without the big guy!!

Posted by: Campta | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Even after moving to Korea this year, I continued to download Meet The Press every Sunday night to get my Tim fix. I'm just waking up to this news now, and it's a terrible, frightening shock.

This election will have a glaring hole in its shine, and it's because this man, a true role model for journalists, is gone.

Rest In Peace. You've earned it.

Posted by: Justin | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, my thoughts are with his family. It's rare that a journalist asks the tough, poignant questions of candidates these days. His will be tough shoes to fill. I hope the rest of the media covers the ongoing campaign season in a manner that lives up to Tim's commitment to true journalism.

Posted by: Grace | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

As a political junkie and fellow admirer of Tim Russert, I was upset just this last Sunday to get up, go to the TV and learn that his show had already aired. And I don't think I'll ever forget the white board calculations on election night in 2000. Rest in peace from a fellow Irish.

Posted by: Irishspacemonk | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I was totally shocked to hear of Mr. Russert sudden passing. What a monumental loss, he was such an great man, he will truly be missed. Our condolences to his family, they are in our prayers.

Posted by: Pat L | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse


So now the only decent people on MSNBC left are Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough.

Posted by: Barbie | June 13, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Sunday's will be lonely this election year

Posted by: Peter | June 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

a tremendous loss, a wonderful journalist. you will be missed.

Posted by: ally | June 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Tim was THE reason I became so engrossed in the political process - especially now.
His influence and insight are rare irreplaceable gifts and something to be remembered and used wisely.

Posted by: John Kimball | June 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What a tragedy. He will be missed.

Posted by: Brett | June 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

A real shock. Aside from the loss to his family and friends, it means we all lose some profound insight and comment on this year's most electric of political years ... and that's a strange irony ...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Ariana Huffington called him the High Priest of Conventional Wisdom. Another priest has died. Another one will take his place.

Life goes on.

It was ever so.

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | June 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

How fortunate our generation was to have a journalist like Russert to pass through our lives. What a master at his profession, unlike some of the faux journalists like Olberman. Each generation seems to have a Tim Russert, Walter Cronkite, Murrow great political minds and to die at 58 years old, makes all of our petty pickering to seem pretty insignificant. He set the bar for political interviewing and what a joy of life.. boy will he be missed by anyone who loves politics.

Posted by: Leichtman | June 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Fix: nice writeup on Mr Russert's influence in political journalism.

Posted by: bsimon | June 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Taken far too young. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Soonerthought | June 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I am just heartbroken over this. Tim was such a smart, classy guy. RIP.

Posted by: Katie | June 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked and so sad. You were incredible and the best of your profession. There is no one who can fill your shoes.

Posted by: Deirdre | June 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I hadn't even heard the news. I record Tim's show every Sunday morning. I can't remember the last time I missed it. What a happy warrior as you say. He was an unflinching personality and a truly gifted intellect. He will be missed by many, certainly by me.

Posted by: sprice | June 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

We will all be a little dumber from now on without Tim to educate us.

Posted by: Ken | June 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my.

Oh, my.

Posted by: Marilyn W | June 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry to hear this. It's especially tough that his death comes on Father's Day weekend, the day that symbolizes the role that seemed to mean so much to him.

Posted by: Steve | June 13, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Tim. You were one helluva guy.

Posted by: 23112 | June 13, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

RIP Tim Russert. You won't be soon forgotten.

Posted by: Sarah | June 13, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What a shock. MTP has been a staple of my weekly routine. I even switched to watching MSNBC all the time because I enjoyed hearing Mr. Russert's commentary. My Sunday mornings aren't going to be the same...

Posted by: Jeff | June 13, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow...the most gifted and incredible interviewer in the game bar none. A true loss

Posted by: Jake | June 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

A tremendous loss to our nation. Period.

A gifted man.

Posted by: nineiron10@gmail.com | June 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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