Today is a really sad day in the world of political journalism as NBC television's Tim Russert, moderator and grand inquisitor of "Meet The Press" died of a heart attack in Washington http://www.townhall.com/news/entertainment/2008/06/13/nbcs_tim_russert_dies_at_58_of_heart_attack.
Mr. Russert died where he probably would have wanted to. In the NBC Washington news bureau preparing for this Sunday's "Meet The Press".
Yes, I know that he was a Democrat and worked for Mario Cuomo. But he started working in politics for the late Sen. Patrick Moynahan (D-NY). And, most important is that Mr. Russert never forgot where he came from. And that was a working-class neighborhood in South Buffalo, New York.
Another aspect as the moderator and as I noted, grand inquisitor, on "Meet The Press" was that he was well researched and very fair. He gave both his fellow Dems a tough time as well as Republicans. Few, if any, in political journalism today could do it like Mr. Russert.
The measure of the man is his love for God, as a faithful Roman Catholic, family as his book on the ol' man, Big Russ, evidenced and his own wife, Maureen, and son, Luke. And, that politics never got in the way of that.
We need a lot more Tim Russerts today, and he will be sorely missed.