A Moment of Silence for Tim Russert

 I just found out that Tim Russert died suddenly of a massive heart attack.  He was only 58 years old. 

I am in shock over this one.  I know this blog covers the light-hearted, the melancholy, and of course, the slightly ridiculous, but I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge one of the few people left in television journalism whose words actually meant something to me.

Every Sunday morning, without fail, David and I curl up with the paper and turn on our shows – with the highlight being “Meet the Press.” We tuned in because we liked the guests featured, for the latest political opinions – and most importantly, to hear Russert ask the questions few others seemed to ask anymore.  Even more crucial, he was smart enough to ask the follow-ups and keep asking them until he got to the kernel of truth in the otherwise vast quagmire of bullshit.

Since I live in the DC area, I can only imagine there will be a bevvy of tributes more eloquently stated than this one, but I just wanted to say my peace.

No mix for this one, kids. It just doesn’t feel appropriate.

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2 responses to “A Moment of Silence for Tim Russert

  1. It is truly a sad thing – maybe not as much for us little guys as for his family right now – but the world can’t afford to lose people like him. I’m not sure why we are afraid to do the hard work of asking for and expecting a truthful answer, and when somebody is getting it right it’s deflating when they leave you. No replacements in sight. Also, he loved his dad, sure enough, and was one too and he missed his father’s day. What a shame.

  2. Tim totally rocks, it is painful to let him go…

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