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Tim Russert’s Empty Chair

Posted by Ryan on June 15, 2008

As we all know author, political commentator, and moderator of NBC’s popular Meet the Press, Tim Russert, died on Friday from a heart attack while at work, recording voice-overs for today’s wow.

This morning NBC honored him by having today’s Meet the Press be about him, beginning the show with Russert’s chair, empty.  Then, Tom Brokaw moderated a cast of those who were there to remember him: historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the political odd-couple of Mary Matalin and James Carville, Gwen Ifill, Mike Barnicle, Maria Shriver and others, along with numerous highlights of past shows.

I liked Tim Russert.  I always thought he tried to be objective.  He definitely had favorites and his political roundtables were always loaded with Libs.  But, he had class, tried to get politicians a little uncomfortable by using their own words against them, and wrote two books Big Russ and Me and Wisdom of Our Fathers, about his respect and admiration for his father.  Poignant, that today is Father’s Day as Tim leaves behind a son, Luke who recently graduated from Boston College, and a wife of 25 years, Maureen.

NBC photo.

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