The sudden loss of NBC journalist Tim Russert last Friday has led to numerous tributes to one of the great journalists of the modern age. Meet the Press has become, since its inception, an institution in American television. Started under the stewardship of Lawrence Spivak, Meet the Press has allowed the most extraordinary events and public personalities to unfold before our very eyes. In the past eighteen years, Tim Russert came to embody Meet the Press. His incisive interviews, his well-researched panel discussions, and his overall knowledge of politics beyond the normal gaze of the journalist made him a unique and inspiring figure.
This blog will not chronicle his history or his achievements, but it will state that Tim Russert brought a human face to the coverage of politics. His love for his dad, Big Russ, and his son, Luke, not to mention the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres, made Tim a fixture in the minds of his legions of viewers. Sure, he left us young, but he left us richer. Sure, we will miss him, but he will not be forgotten. He exemplified integrity and he brought excellence to his profession. His friends, his family and his many fans can all join in unison in saying: “we will miss ya, Tim.”