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Friday, 13 June 2008



I think Tim conducted a fair interview. IMO he was quite respectful of his guests overall. His death was a shock.

This hits close to home. I was a classmate of Tim's in high school back in Buffalo NY. And I just got a letter from the high school reminding that our 40th class reunion is coming up.

We're all mortal...

I am an old Buffalo expatriot myself, and watching Tim Russert on Sunday mornings was both enlightening and a touch of home. I am a bit baffled, though. I do not have a clue as to what his personal political or personal leanings were. He was pretty much an equal opportunity exposer of hyposcrisy and catching the powers that be so as to be hoisted on their own petards. I recall recently he veritably savaged Hillary Clinton in the early stages of the primaries, not giving her much chance to trot out her explanations of past faults and contradictions. Perhaps if I read one of his books. Oh! I got it! Yep. That's it. Like myself, he hung on to his home town identity by being a Buffalo Bills fan (and masochist)!

Dave Ralph, 5th generation ex-Buffalonian

I didn't realize he ever expressed his personal political sympathies. What were they?

I'm another graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo, albeit a few years after Tim Russert. Russert started his career working on the staff of (Democratic) Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then (Democratic) Governor Mario Cuomo. This was actually hard to believe in recent years, considering how obsequious Russert was toward the gang of Constitutional scofflaws and criminals inhabiting the White House these days. My sense is that Russert was a genuinely nice guy who just couldn't bring himself to think that badly of the politicians he interviewed, all available evidence to the contrary.

Geoff's right. A fine man - his book about his dad is amazing; I've given away half a dozen copies - but credulous as hell about the Beltway Crowd.

I am going to miss him greatly. He was so neutral so equally tough on everybody and yet fair. I don't think there is anybody like him on the air now. E

I eliminated my comment about "his politics might not have agreed with mine" because it was an asinine thing to say. His death has nothing to do with my views.

But Russert had started out working for Democrats but in recent years had become a Bush/Cheney Republican. You can get a sense of that from this:


Rumor had it that in the 2004 election, he would wear a Bush/Cheney '04 campaign pin underneath the lapel of his jacket and flash it conspiratorially at Republicans he encountered, including Bush.

But I give the guy his due. He was still an honest journalist, certainly far less partisan than a lot of the talking heads out there. He never made his own views obvious. He was also clearly well-loved as a friend. I think it's a shame that he died so young that his father is still alive to lose his son. I hope that never happens to me. What a complete heartbreak it must be for "Big Russ," and for Russert's own son, to have him die so young and at the peak of his career. It's really a shame.

Mike J.

Sorry, Mike, but I can't agree that Mr Russert was was an honest, let alone an unbiased, reporter.

A quick Googling will provide us with ample published analyses of his dubious proclivities, misstatements, and outright, well, lies. And all to the political advantage of one political party over the other.

The man was also, strangely enough, in up to his neck in the Plame outing, choosing his words about that sorry sorry affair like Rove himself.

Was he likable? Definitely.

Did he fulfill his democratic responsibilities as arguably the most important member of the press corps? I think that the answer is an easy call - No.

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