Random Tim Russert Thoughts

  • I often hear that men on long flights need to stand up and walk around to prevent blood clots. Russert just flew back from Italy. I wonder if this was a contributing factor?
  • I was able to Tivo and watch the evening news on all three major networks because I wanted to see how competing networks pay homage. Russert was the first story on all three networks and they dedicated a lot of time to this story.
  • You could tell that Katie Couric was taking it extremely hard and it appeared she just finished crying before she went on air. She didn’t lead the CBS broadcast, instead it was Harry Smith. I bet she just wasn’t emotionally strong enough.
  • He seemed extremely genuine and humble.
  • His elderly father “Big Russ” must be absolutely heartbroken.
  • His wife and son must feel absolutely helpless being in Italy at the time of his death.
  • I hear NBC let other news outlets break the story because they first wanted to contacted his family. Classy.
  • Tom Brokaw broke the news while Brian Williams was in Afghanistan. There was just something eloquent and right having Brokaw deliver the message.
  • With Brian Williams anchoring from Afghanistan and the entire NBC broadcast was dedicated to Russert, you knew this was big news.
  • No one could interview a politician better.
  • I was really looking forward to his coverage come November and was hoping he was moderate at least one of the debates. He always asked the questions that the public wanted asked.
  • 48 honorary doctorates!
  • Friday the 13th.
  • I’m inspired to start taking better care of myself – physically, mentally, emotionally . . . spiritually.
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3 Responses to Random Tim Russert Thoughts

  1. Bryan says:

    His election night analysis made NBC a no-brainer choice for me. I loved his dry-erase board electoral college arithmetic, especially in 2000 when it really came down to the wire.

  2. Suzi says:

    I really admired Tim as an interviewer.He truly did strike me as Fair and Balanced. Extremely bright, informed and unaffected by the voices to the left and right. Most importantly, he wasn’t a caricature like many if not most of the network talking heads.

    I wasn’t really aware of his personal life, although I knew he’d written “Big Russ and Me”. It was only while watching tonight’s tributes that I got to know that side of him, and it made me admire him even more. He struck me as someone who was incredibly well grounded, aware of who he was, where he came from, what was important in life.

    I think the two people people who remind me most of him in terms of character are Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill, both of PBS. Jim seems to have the brains and character, but lacks the sense of humor. Gwen has all his qualities, but somehow lacks a bit of his gravitas and command of her interviewees.

    Finally – I understand that he may be the victim of coronary thrombosis. Unfortunately, it’s not just a disease of older guys. I’m in my 40s, and I was hospitalized this spring as the result of blood clot in my leg. The cause was undetermined, but I had been on a long trip – 45 days before the hospitalization. Turned out I had pulmonary embolisms – clots in both lungs – as well. My case turned out OK, obviously (other than having to take anticoagulants and be medically monitored for a while), but the risk with these things is that a clot can break apart and completely clog a major artery in a lung or the heart.

    Deep Vein Thrombosis

  3. carolyn says:

    Thanks for your comments which express my feelings completely. Especially as a former journalist I am shocked and saddened by this event. A totally honest, intelligent and altruistic human being like TR we do not see often in a lifetime.

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