Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tim Russert 1950-2008
Just before taking off on vacation, I would like to add my own words about the passing of Tim Russert. Those of us who follow politics closely have been used to seeing Russert on an almost daily basis. Without comparing him to any other individual in his profession, it must be said that he was among the best-if not the best-and almost certainly the most professional. He came to journalism after having worked for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). To his credit, he did his best to leave what partisanship he may have felt out of his journalism.
Though Russert was a Democrat, anyone who was to be interviewed by him knew they had to prepare thoroughly. Politicians from both sides of the aisle knew they would be asked tough questions with follow-ups.
More than that, the tributes pouring in all portray Russert as an overall good guy, family man, and one who had no airs-just a very hard worker from Buffalo, New York who stayed true to his roots.
Tim Russert will be missed by those in his profession who need every true professional they can find. He will also be missed by a public hungry for true journalistic integrity.