Monday, June 16, 2008

Russert Coverage?

On the show this morning I raised two questions...

Was the coverage of Tim Russert's death warranted or excessive?

Regarding the reminiscing by fellow journalists "Were they doing it for him or for themselves?"

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At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I actually saw Russert when he spoke at the PAC two years ago. Even before a crowd, his intensity was obvious. He spoke enthusiastically about politics and family.

His death is a loss for quality news reporting and analysis. He was able to fill his role because, in my opinion, he was grounded in family not personal power. He could go home at night to the family he held in high importance. Their love and loyalty would be unchanged by his statments or beliefs.

that said, the press reaction was much too excessive. Mourn his loss, but don't make a production out of mourning (remembering). All that air time made the press people look like they were trying to reclaim or humanize their image. Are they cynical or sincere? The greater the air time, the more likely it is the "c" word rather than the "s" word.


At 5:37 PM, Blogger sbtulsa said...

first I saw Tim Russert when he spoke at the PAC a couple of years ago. You could see the same look in his eyes he had when he was interviewing on MTP. Talking politics in TUlsa Oklahoma energized him as much as on his show.

Second the coverage is/was too much, in my opinion. Not just the day of his tragic passing, but both days over the weekend and come on Monday. There are times when you let the magnitude of the person's life speak for itself. The image of a man still devoted to wife and child while dealing in the worlds of media and politics is powerful. To me the lasting image of the man is in the hearts of the listeners and viewers. The drumbeat of personal sadness seemed to me, although sincere on the part of many, to be better placed in the quietness of the heart or expressed personally to the widow and son.

We all grieve differently I guess.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coverage was much deserved, it spoke of the man. Would you rather have more coverage of people like Spitzer for his inappropriate acts or talk about a good human being?
I didn't have to explain the coverage to my 12 year old son!


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