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« on: June 13, 2008, 07:34:23 PM »

Drudgereport is reporting that Tim Russert has died of a heartattack.

breaking on all news outlets, but here's a link to msnbc as a nod to him:

Tim Russert dead at 58
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 07:39:16 PM »

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Dammit. I really liked him, particularly his analysis of presidential debates and poll numbers. Always seemed like he not only understood his subject matter, but really cared about it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Russert.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 07:41:52 PM »

Sadly confirmed by NYTimes.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 07:42:16 PM »

Supposedly people in the CBS newsroom are dancing and handing out candy...

Ok, that was in bad taste. RIP Mr. Russert frown
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008, 07:44:23 PM »

I really liked him.  What a shame.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008, 07:44:41 PM »

Shocking news. Horrible news. He's a class act all the way. RIP, Tim, we will miss you.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2008, 07:49:32 PM »

Wow. icon_frown
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008, 07:49:51 PM »

He was one of a few people whom I respect in news industry.

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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008, 07:59:42 PM »

Wow. I'm almost on the verge of tears. I *loved* Tim Russert. I never miss Meet the Press. He was a classy, smart guy who had a wealth of insight. DAMN IT!
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008, 08:05:34 PM »

I liked him too.    He will be missed.   It's sad because he would have found this fall the most exciting of his career since this race is so interesting.
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2008, 08:09:29 PM »

Crap. One of those rare few guys who brought total credit to his given profession.
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2008, 08:09:49 PM »

What!? Damn, that is sad news. I too watched him on 'Meet The Press'. He seemed in good health. A sad day for the world of broadcast news.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2008, 08:16:19 PM »

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It's sad because he would have found this fall the most exciting of his career since this race is so interesting.

Definitely. It's going to seem utterly hollow without his commentary. Watching him around election time was like watching a kid in a candy shop.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2008, 08:21:34 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on June 13, 2008, 08:16:19 PM

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It's sad because he would have found this fall the most exciting of his career since this race is so interesting.

Definitely. It's going to seem utterly hollow without his commentary. Watching him around election time was like watching a kid in a candy shop.

Agreed. To die at age 58, not even 60, and to miss this particular election is tragic in his case.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2008, 08:24:39 PM »

He was a great moderator for Meet the Press and I also thoroughly enjoyed his presence on MSNBC's election team. He will be greatly missed. Definitely a hard nosed but fair questioner. He asked the hard hitting questions and brought some great analysis to the table.

RIP Tim
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2008, 08:29:15 PM »

Very shocking and very sad news.


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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2008, 08:31:53 PM »

They apparently pulled Brokaw out of retirement to make the announcement, I don't have TV here, but Brokaw seemed pretty devastated.im

RIP, Tim.  tear
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2008, 08:45:40 PM »

Tim Russert was a man who truly adored his job.  There was such delight in his eyes during MSNBC's primary coverage, it occurred to me that if he wasn't paid to be a TV correspondent, he would have been one of the bloggers fervently posting every new development from the scene.

It's really a shame he won't be able to see this historic election through.

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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2008, 08:49:23 PM »

Quote from: SpaceLord on June 13, 2008, 08:31:53 PM

They apparently pulled Brokaw out of retirement to make the announcement, I don't have TV here, but Brokaw seemed pretty devastated.im

RIP, Tim.  tear

Yeah, it seemed like Brokaw was having a hard time keeping it together.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/13/tim-russert-dies-of-heart_n_107032.html
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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2008, 09:04:15 PM »

Sad, shocking news.
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2008, 09:40:51 PM »

He always seemed both down-to-earth and knowledgeable. A terrible shame to lose him.
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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2008, 10:07:37 PM »

That's very sad news.  Crap.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2008, 10:09:52 PM »

I think it's especially tragic that his father has to deal with the loss of his son at this point in his life. 
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2008, 11:17:00 PM »

Wow! That's way too young! RIP
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2008, 11:34:32 PM »

Wow...RIP.

I've been in airports all day and it isn't on any of the CNN updates.  Yet I know all about the risk tomatoes pose to my health.   icon_confused

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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2008, 12:19:45 AM »

My dad told me today.  Very sad.  I have fond memories of the 2000 election because of his whiteboarding excitement.
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2008, 12:30:14 AM »

RIP
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2008, 01:02:34 AM »

Very sad, just very, very sad. I liked him so much.  icon_cry
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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2008, 01:10:30 AM »

I just have to chime in here.

Yes, it's sad that he died.  However.

WHY in the HELL does this merit a 'special breaking news' break into television shows on networks other than NBC, and why does it merit 3-4+ hours of continuous coverage, on a day where Des Moines, Iowa is being EVACUATED and there's a big fire going on somewhere? 
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« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2008, 01:50:20 AM »

Quote from: Zarkon on June 14, 2008, 01:10:30 AM

WHY in the HELL does this merit a 'special breaking news' break into television shows on networks other than NBC, and why does it merit 3-4+ hours of continuous coverage, on a day where Des Moines, Iowa is being EVACUATED and there's a big fire going on somewhere? 

I'll agree it's a bit overblown.  However:

1) The media all know each other so when one dies, they all feel the need to talk about it.
2) Russert was popular among viewers and has been on the air so long that a lot of people care about the story.
3) Des Moines isn't being evacuated, only limited parts of it are.  Besides, floods as they happen aren't big news.  It's the aftermath.  How many times can you cut to the reporter standing near a river while they tell you "in 12 hours the river will crest . . ." 
4)  Another fire in California, on the sides of hills and mountains people shouldn't be living on anyway?  Gee, that is big news.
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« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2008, 03:33:27 AM »

Quote from: Zarkon on June 14, 2008, 01:10:30 AM

I just have to chime in here.

Yes, it's sad that he died.  However.

WHY in the HELL does this merit a 'special breaking news' break into television shows on networks other than NBC, and why does it merit 3-4+ hours of continuous coverage, on a day where Des Moines, Iowa is being EVACUATED and there's a big fire going on somewhere? 
From all the TV I saw today, the floods are still being covered and the fires are too, all by people remember - and they are going to act a little human from time to time.   The man just died.  It's not: "Yes, it's sad that he died. However" - It's:  "It's sad that he died" + "My god NO!, I just spoke to him this morning." + "No!, No ! I was supposed to have a drink with him after work!" , etc.

There is a reason all of the stations found it worthy of breaking into their Flood/Fire coverage.  They knew and respected him, many loved him - and now he's gone.



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« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2008, 03:59:41 AM »

Sad indeed. He is the one I looked forward to during any election coverage..the only one in fact. Gonna miss his cheery demeanor. Farewell and thanks for all the insights Tim.

Hard to believe that in a full studio which most likely has medical people for insurance coverage that they could not help him frown

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« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2008, 05:22:04 AM »

Apparently he died right in the middle of recording this Sunday's Meet the Press, so at least he went doing something that he loved.
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« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2008, 05:28:41 AM »

The latest reports say he had a known heart condition which he was taking medication for, so it's not like it came out of no where. 

Not that it matters to his family and friends.

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« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2008, 01:42:50 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on June 14, 2008, 01:10:30 AM

I just have to chime in here.

Yes, it's sad that he died.  However.

WHY in the HELL does this merit a 'special breaking news' break into television shows on networks other than NBC, and why does it merit 3-4+ hours of continuous coverage, on a day where Des Moines, Iowa is being EVACUATED and there's a big fire going on somewhere? 

Because Tim didn't choose to build his entire life in a known flood zone, and then expect the government (and therefore taxpayers) to bail him out when the inevitable flood happens?

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« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2008, 08:03:02 PM »

I will say that as I looked at the images of the flooded downtown of Cedar Rapids, I felt a little bad for all the attention on Russert.  It's not a Katrina level disaster, but the level of devastation on a personal level is just as bad.  But, as Unagi pointed out, it's not as if the floods were being ignored yesterday. 
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« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2008, 08:38:06 PM »

The national press is a big family and they lost one of their own.  It was a very real, personal tragedy for many in the media.  The coverage is easily understandable.
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« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2008, 08:17:15 AM »

I hate politics, and yet I too am saddened, since the few times I've seen him, he did a good job and almost got me interested in said dreaded politics at one point.
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