Despite his being a Democrat, I have always found NBC's Tim Russert a fair man. To draw a contrast, I need only to point to NBC's overt blunderbuss, Keith Olbermann, or that fourteen karat buffoon that NBC is actually considering to take Russert's place, David Gregory - which would be a terrible dishonor to the memory of the man; but Russert was also a reasonable news man, a family man, a man of faith (a church attending Roman Catholic), a Northeasterner who had passions for his beloved home teams, and his young son Luke who just graduated from Boston College.
With one of my own just having graduated from the BC of the South (Wake Forest) and the fresh emotions that come with that; having a son of my own named Luke, and considering Russert's rather humble origins (his Dad was a garbage collector from Buffalo, NY) one has to admire the man, and mourn the terrible loss of his premature passing, and very likely the end of an era in TV news and political discussion and debate.
Russert was known for his rather unique and effective way of interviewing his political guests on Meet the Press. For the past 17 years as the moderator of MTP, he maintained a television news tradition, lending a sense of history and veracity to the weekly news staple for NBC.
Below is a tribute to Russert by William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard, with whom Russert shared a portion of his interesting life.
From William Kristol: