June 13th, 2008
03:44 PM ET

Breaking News: Tim Russert 1950-2008

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Breaking News: Tim Russert, who became one of the mainstays of television journalism’s political talk as the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” died Friday, according to the network. He was 58.

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  1. karen brousseau

    The most authentic presentation of the news since Walter Cronkite. Passionate without being histrionic, loud, or obnoxious. This man appeared to be sincere and honest regarding political inquiry. He did not lecture nor insult the viewer or his guests. We needed more of his fair and balanced reporting before this tragic loss. Now that we have lost this leader, we are a nation more in need of integrity and class in television jounalism. As more people listen to the news rather than read the news, we need less sarcastic comments like "He must be drinking the Kool-Aid" and more intelligent and thoughtful responses that this man has proven is the ONLY REAL NEWS. Please post the full quote from him regarding the only thing a parent can do is lead a beautiful life and hope they see what you see. It is a message to us all.

    June 16, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  2. cathy

    Tim Russert was an amazing human being. What a true and honest honor it would be to Tim Russert’s memory and ethics if the
    time left before the actual day of voting for our President could find all political shows
    not allowing half-truths…not allowing unanswered questions….not allowing any candidate
    to be demeaned or made fun of……not allowing any topic to have only one side heard.
    What a wonderful tribute to Tim Russert’s integrity it would be if the rest of the 2008
    political season could truly be spent in honor of Tim Russert. He never allowed us to be
    misled. He was the only person the voters knew would be fair. I believe all newscasts,
    pundits, reporters, etc. should remember Tim Russert by following his ethics. What a
    lovely gift to him…..and us.

    June 16, 2008 at 5:00 am |
  3. EJ (USA)

    This weekend had some of the most beautiful tributes to Tim Russert. His Father's Day show in '06 discussing his book (w/Brokaw) was just awesome. What a beautiful family and he came from a working class family like mine. I didn't realize he came from such humble roots.

    The empty chair on Meet the Press was very sad.

    I also realized how attached I am to these newspeople. Am I crazy or what? I love the people who bring us all sorts of news and analyze what is going on in our country and around the world.

    I have to admit CNN, MSNBC is pretty good. At 10pm however, I have to watch what Anderson is reporting on. I like The Situation Room too. No Fox News – they are weirdos!

    June 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  4. Elizabeth Thiergood

    I am finally over the shock after hearing of Tim Russert passing and just want to say how much he meant to my being informed about issues that he made easy for me to understand especially Politicial issues. He will be missed and not easily replaced if that is possible. He was just and fair and I believed his comments or his way of getting the right answers. May God bless his family and I pray for their strength to endure at this heartbreaking time. He was a very good man and as a elderly woman he made my learning much easier and I trusted him because of his honesty, integrity, warmth and his faith. He is a man to be honored and loved and will be greatly missed. The World has lost a great journalist and true friend.
    God Blessed us with Tim Russert for a short time and his presence will be with us forever, at least with me.

    June 15, 2008 at 9:56 am |
  5. Benigna Marko

    Mr. Russert made complex issues easy to understand. He will be missed. His smile and always attentive look. His knowledge will be something that will not be replaced. My sympathy to his family and loved ones.
    Benigna Marko

    June 15, 2008 at 3:01 am |
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