Somebody finally had the nerve to say it ... | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Somebody finally had the nerve to say it ...

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:06 AM

... the Tim Russert death coverage was over the top, though MSNBC ran away with the Emmy for maudllin, self-absorbed, unbalanced, look-at-us celebrity journalism. In a rare, unguarded moment early in the Princess Di-style coverage, Chris Matthews did briefly reference Russert's hearty support of Bush's war. Matthews made up for his candor yesterday by saying news events seemed to have come to a halt so the world (the world of the Beltway Club, at least) could observe Russert's passing. Tell Iowa about the end of news.

As Daily Howler has noted (go to his archives for Tuesday's report, particularly), it is possible that Russert was a great friend; a wonderful son, husband and father; a strong TV newsman with good questioning skills, and -- still -- capable, as humans generally are, of misjudgments, sometimes colossal ones. You couldn't find that last bit in much of the news coverage.

It's now a cliche for the ages: "He never forgot where he came from." I don't expect I will either, at least not until the final stages of my Alzheimer's. Will you?

PS: Jack Shafer of Slate plowed this same ground Monday.

 

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Sunday open line

    Open line and “news” on the Hog football coach.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • The Clintons side by side in Little Rock 25 years after

    Bill and Hillary Clinton side by side taking questions from Donald Carville. The only thing more I could have asked for was a seat for Donald Trmp to handle the same topics.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • Arkansas a leader in laws against better working conditions

    The Economic Policy Institute has compiled a national look at state laws that prevent local governments from mandating better working conditions in cities and counties than state law provides.As you might expect, Arkansas is among the leaders
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Sunday open line

    • Charlie Manson is dead yet Donald Trump lives......life ain't fair at all. Durango has the…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: The Medicaid charade explained

    • Get THE 2017 BLANK ATM Programmed Card and cash money directly in any ATM Machine…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Sen. Greg Standridge dies at 50

    • He put up a good fight. I know his family is grieving. I wish his…

    • on November 19, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation