I hate writing this, because it can’t help be anything but cruel, but it needs to be said.
Tim Russert is dead. He was apparently a very nice man and a good family mail.
What he was not was “one of the greats,” as all the babbling heads on MSNBC are trying to convince us on the anniversary of his death.
His career came nowhere near those of Murrow, Sevaried, Huntley, Brinkley, Cronkite.
Not even close.
Russert’s “gotcha journalism” on Meet the Press, which might have been effective early on, was nothing but a gimmick and an embarrassment for the last decade of his life. Plus it was erratic: some got gotcha, others got obsequiousness.
The ones with power.
He was played like a drum by the Washington establishment, at least the Republican portion of it, throughout the ’90s and through the early years of this century until his death.
Tim Russert is dead. He was apparently a very nice man.
Let it go at that.