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Yeah, it’s tragic that Russert died, and my prayers go out to Tim and his family, but if Tim Russert is the pillar of journalism that he’s being hailed as in all these gushing reports, then journalism is in even worse shape than we thought.

Get a grip, ferchrissakes!  Yeah, he’s dead and that’s a terrible tragedy, and a loss of ANYONE who even remotely tries to get beyond the press-released bullshit that passes for "news" these days is always a great loss, but it’s not like were talking Walter Cronkite or Ed Murrow here.  Tim and his patented brand of biased "gotcha" attack did nothing to elevate or enrich the national conversation, and his performance as moderator of the Democratic candidate debate will forever remain a sad embarrassment and one of the low points of television.

Morn him, yes; but knock it off with the canonization bullshit already.  And MSNBC’s exploitation of his death in a self-promoting Russert-A-Thon is just plain creepy.  This kind of time could be much better spent on something actually useful, like reminding Americans that obesity kills at an early age.

Originally posted to bethrsingleton on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:38 PM PDT.

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