Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert 1950 - 2008

Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of Meet the Press, died today. He was 58.
Russert was best known as host of Meet the Press, which he took over in December 1991, and he was also a vice president of NBC News and head of its overall Washington operations. Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of NBC’s TODAY show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television.

Archive of American Television Interview with Tim Russert
Journalism schools need to teach Russert 101.
1) Keep it simple and low tech.
2) Be true to your self and people will believe you and trust you.
3) Be smart, don't just talk smart.
4) Love what you do.

To quote Tim Russert, “The primary responsibility of the media is accountability of government, whether it's about lying under oath, which upset Democrats, or the mismanagement of responding to a hurricane, which happens to upset Republicans.”

TV Guide selected his use of the white dry eraser board (Florida, Florida, Florida) on Election Night 2000 as one of the “100 Most Memorable TV Moments” in history. The Washington Post credits him with coining the phrase “red state” and “blue state” to explain the nation’s political divide.

Good Night Mr. Russert. The election wont be the same with out you.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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