Tim Russert Dead:( Apparent Heart Attack:(

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  1. Ganymede Valued Senior Member

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    No Joke, Drudge Just reported it

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    What a loss. No one would stick it to candidates like Tim Russert did, Liberal and Conservative.

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  3. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    He was likeable but he was still part of the MSM.

    Sometimes I wonder about guys like him, just how much they are actually getting the picture and lie about it or they just not getting it at all?? Most of the MSM talking heads are very complacent and they would never rock the boat. I guess it is understandable because they are getting good salaries and they are on TV, so why would they?? But they are responsible for missinforming us....

    I thought he was around 50 but he was actually 58. He looked younger....
     
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  5. hypewaders Save Changes Registered Senior Member

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    I never knew the man, but I didn't like his work: In interviews he favored lowbrow questions, and his moderating of recent debates was insulting of viewers' intelligence. For his curtain call, I'll give him 3 polite claps (over about 5 seconds) for hopefully making room for a telejournalist with a higher regard for the audience.
     
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  7. otheadp Banned Banned

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    That is fucked up...

    I'm sorry to hear that

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    Condolences to his family.

    As for NBC and MSNBC, this is one of the last people they had who still had any sort of credibility. Now all they have is Matthews and Olbermann.
     
  8. oreodont I am God Registered Senior Member

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    This guy was as bad as it gets when it came to interviews. The guy should have interviewed sports celebrities. Too many canned questions and he accepted canned answers.

    Outside of reporting he was a nice guy. I enjoyed hearing stories about his youth and the working class influence his father had on his character.
     
  9. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Lazlo was one of the better targets for humor, in that he was not apparently motivated by anger and meanness, so you seldom got nauseated just watching him take up space. I suppose we can't make those jokes about his "journalism" for a while.

    Onscreen he was more boring than Tweety, more smug than Keith. But he had friends, honest ones, so he must have been a decent guy.

    I call dibs on the sighting: "credibility" is going to go the way of "respectable", in media discourse.
     
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  10. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I saw the 'breaking news' and just knew it was Walter Cronkite who had died. Is it bad that I felt relieved that it wasn't?

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  11. hypewaders Save Changes Registered Senior Member

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    No. They're not in the same league. Cronkite has far outlived and outdone him, with much higher integrity all the while.
     
  12. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, I liked him for the most part.
    I agree, though, that tim prolly knew more than he let on. He was senior vice president of NBC news for a time, I think.
     
  13. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting....pass the bacon..
     
  14. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    Richard P. Feynman lived, then died.

    Russert did, too.

    Russert was never in Feynman's class.

    Perspective, folks.
     
  15. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    your comparing a physist to a news reporter?
     
  16. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    You have to ask?
     
  17. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    You must have been raised by gossips.
     
  18. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    You don't seem to naturally identify with folks possessing unusual insight.

    Your comfort level seems to be right around self-reinforcing pedestrian opinion-makers.
     
  19. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I wish more time would be taken to show the deaths of really great people instead of those that the television industry wants to promote. TV is a pompus ass , self righteous, self gratifying piece of crap. They spend time on only those that they want to show off about, usually themselves or those who they support. Many a very great man or woman has died and little is mentioned about them by the media because they don't give a damn about those that they don't want to support.
     
  20. superstring01 Moderator

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    Thousands of better people die every day. Certainly this man contributed little to the political discourse that was beneficial to the public "he served." And now we have a circus paraded out to drum up some sympathy for a man most people never cared about.

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  21. hypewaders Save Changes Registered Senior Member

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    : pissing on grave emoticon:
     
  22. countezero Registered Senior Member

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    So far as talking heads go, I think he was probably one of the brighter bulbs out there, in that he understood issues with a little more depth and ask more penetrating questions. He also had a knack for not letting people off the hook with bland responses (see how he trumped Hillary in the debates). But overall? I'm not sure what impact he had or how many people outside the chattering class really know or care who he was.
     
  23. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    This guy's take on it seems reasonable:
    http://driftglass.blogspot.com/

    { a set of graphs showing ideological leanings of guests and journalists year by year on Meet The Press. The 4:1 Right bias in journalists in 2003 is especially striking}

    Aside from the stats, all anyone probably needs to know about Russert is that Cheney regarded his show as the best place to go on to handle the Plame matter in an administration-friendly manner - that opinion of Cheney's is a matter of court record.
     

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