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Will Meet The Press Be The Same?

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The panelists on “Remembering Tim Russert” on this Sunday morning’s edition of NBC’s Meet The Press were somber. Tough but always fair, professional, and a better guy than most was how Tim was remembered. Biopics of Meet The Press episodes showcased Russert’s life through his interviews.

My favorite interview segments were Tim Russert interviewing Hillary Clinton and her usual blank smile and emphatic answer that she would not run for President. The other was Tim Russert asking Bill Clinton to assure the Democrats if there were any skeletons in his closet that would make headlines if he was to become President. Lying through his teeth, Clinton said “I can assure you that there is nothing in my background which is inconsistant with what I have told you already.” Amazing.

Born in 1950, Tim Russert, the author, television host, journalist, and network executive, died on Friday, June 13, 2008 at the age of 58. He had just spent his vacation in Italy celebrating his son’s graduation from law school. It’s bittersweet that we are remembering the man who enjoyed life so much and was so proud of his family on Father’s Day.

Even as a conservative, I and millions of other conservatives, felt safe watching him unlike the rest of the liberal NBC shows which I can’t stomach. Tim Russert was a part of my Sunday mornings. His gregarious and contagious smile always made his drilling interviews seem less of an attack as a sincere drive to know the answers. Will Meet the Press ever reach as many conservatives again in the future? Politics aside, I will miss him.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

June 15, 2008 at 9:00 am

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