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Tim Russert, 1950-2008, R.I.P.

I normally don’t post things of this nature on Backstage, but I wanted to take a moment to lament the death today of Tim Russert—best known as the host of NBC’s Meet The Press—a journalist who I considered inspirational. Opinionated, well-informed, honest, and willing to speak truth to power, Russert set the gold standard for political journalism, and his untimely passing will leave a huge gap in both American news and politics. Rest in peace, Mr. Russert, and may those you leave behind be better for the lessons you taught us.

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here,here. there are three great interviewers of my lifetime. tim russert, mike wallace, & christiane amantpour.  he is the best & toughest political interviewer i’ve ever seen. it is hard to do that and be well liked at the same time. he was a staple of my sunday mornings and i’ll miss that. R.I.P Tim Russert, and God bless.

Posted by david on June 13, 2008 at 5:39 PM (CDT)

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I think that it is completely appropriate for you to write a post about such a great man. Russert was one of the few people that was involved in politics that you could believe what he said. He will truly be missed as a voice of the people.

Posted by matt on June 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM (CDT)

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Thanks for posting this. I’m so saddened by the loss of Tim Russert. He asked all the right questions and would always press for answers. Great loss to us all. Requiescat in pace.

Posted by Bob Baker on June 13, 2008 at 8:48 PM (CDT)

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An outstanding journalist is shockingly, suddenly gone, and the American political news scene is weaker for it. I’ll always remember Tim Russert for his outstanding analysis and dry-erase board the night of the 2000 election, when he said it was all going to come down to three words: “Florida, Florida, Florida.”

I watched Meet the Press almost every week. Sunday mornings won’t be the same without him.

Jeremy, thank you for taking a time out from the everyday to mention this.

Posted by John on June 14, 2008 at 12:34 AM (CDT)

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