Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rest in Peace

Tim Russert, 1950-2008

Amid all the shouting heads on cable TV and the networks, he was tough and smart and yet always a gentleman. He could pull clarity from grand complexity, but you never got a sense he was trying to impress. He was smart and quick and I guess you could say he had every right to be pompous, like some other people on cable TV whose names I'll not mention, but his brilliance was more matter-of-fact and accessible, and his likeable personality seemed to spring from a simple and deep sincerity. So quick with a story. So quick with insight. He made a difference. He practiced his craft the way it should be practiced. Tim Russert is gone. He will be missed.


Anonymous said...

great tribute. i will miss him, too. my sundays just won't be the same.

peaches said...

I was really surprised by how sad his death made me. And now seeing how well his son has handled all of the attention, it makes me even sadder for their loss.