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Washingtonian Magazine once dubbed Russert the best and most influential journalist in Washington, describing “Meet the Press” as “the most interesting and important hour on television.”

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The network said Russert suffered a heart attack while at work and could not be revived. He had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College

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labrys6
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! I didn't particularly care for Russert, he usually made me leave the room sputtering indignantly...but wow, all the same a bit of a shock.
pjvj
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I thought he did his job very well. Yes, it will be the only news tonight.
labrys6
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I thought he did the job alright, too. Until about the last four years...then, like so much of the media, it just started seeming kind of mush-mouthed to me. And now and again some kind of sterling tin stupid comment would fall from his lips...no, sorry, can't give an example cause my brain would spin that right straight to the mental Black Hole of Doom spot in my memory. All that is left to me on those severe pissativity passes is the distaste that makes me leave the room on spotting the face on television next time.

I think the latest thing that made me spit was some really stupid comment about Hillary Clinton. I was never one of her big fans, but some of the dumbass sexist shit that rolled off of normally reputable tongues just stunned me.
pjvj
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I thought all that part of his job - to irritate! lololol
labrys6
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh...well, maybe it is an age thing. I grew up in an era where you expected the news, period. You did not expect to have to be poked with a sharp verbal stick to react to the news.

I find even the sharp stick pokers I "like" irritating sometimes. I like Olbermann very well, for instance, but now and then I even want to say "Oh, give it a REST!" to him.

I am quite capable of getting irritated, lol, without any added impetus from the journalist. But hey, you have seen that....
pjvj
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
I really only know him from "Meet the Press" and I considered that more of "talk show" than news. :P~
labrys6
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
::::::suddenly almost dropping to knees:::::::::
Oh, holy cats! This means the news will be post-morteming every instant of his life until we all puke of it, doesn't it?

:::::::::sets schedule to watch re-runs of ANYthing else tonight::::::::
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