Saturday, June 14, 2008

another one bites the dust...

Tim Russert: 1950-2008

I see NBC is going wall2wall with Russert's passing, he who was, apparently, the Pope; and this, a further illustration of what an inbred industry corporate news television really is.

Yeah, yeah! Russert appealled to middle America, suffering the Buffalo Bills as their highest profile fan. Hell! My mother loved him, the poor dear. He was a giant within and to his cabal of 24-hour news-jabberers -- got all that!

But, please, let us also not forget his complicity in the Bush Wars propaganda; Valerie Plame, etc., or, more simply, his forever giving aid & comfort to vice president Joseph Stal... er, Dick Cheney.

3 comments:

--spared-- said...

G - You are definitely off the radar on this one. He was no more complicit in the Bush propaganda wars than anyone other journalist at the time working with half the information they needed to report the truth.

Regarding the Libby incident, various witnesses testified that they discussed Wilson's wife with Libby before the Russert-Libby conversation. Russert was a reporter, his job was not to protect Plame or the CIA or you and I. It's to get the story. You should know that better than anyone.

His talent was always in giving people enough rope to hang themselves. His interview of Cheney could have been tougher but I assure you that he is the yardstick by which journalists are measured and I will take a Tim Russert over many of the wannabe journalist blowhards I read day in and day out. He had the ability to educate without making you feel like he was superior to you and that's something few people who call themselves journalists can do.

Most are too caught up in their egos to realize they're not as important as they think and their opinion is about as useful as a blind chauffeur. Tim actually was important and there will be a huge void in the next few months.

Barking Up Trees said...

and yet, tomorrow is another day...

still, ms. spared, glad t'see u once again... i know ol' naahm de plume/commander guy suffers the slings & arrows of missing yer bum right proper...

but tim russert was a hack thru & thru...

--spared-- said...

Been busy hating Corporate America for the past few months...but my head's on straight again - For now anyway.

Your buddy misses me like he misses a sock in his shoe, I'm sure. Be sure to extend an
"Hola" from me.

You are entitled to your opinion... even if it's wrong! hehe