Friday, June 13, 2008

Sad News on a Friday the 13th...

I’m generally not one for superstitions, certainly not triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13), in fact, I know that researchers in the Netherlands have determined that fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur on Friday the 13th than other Fridays. Still, there are many people won't care. About $800 million to $900 million will be lost in business today because people won’t do things they normally do.

But on this particular Friday the 13th, comes the very sad news that Tim Russert has died at only 58.

Apparently Tim Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed. Although he was rushed to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, resuscitation efforts were not successful.

Russert’s physician, Michael Newman, said cholesterol plaque ruptured in an artery, causing sudden coronary thrombosis.

Russert had earlier been diagnosed with asymptomatic coronary artery disease, but it had been reportedly well-controlled with medication and exercise, and he had performed well on a stress test in late April.

Tom Brokaw, the former longtime anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” recalled Russert as “one of the premier political journalists and analysts of his time.”

Despite his Democratic roots, in 1976, he worked on the Senate campaign of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and in 1982, he worked on Mario Cuomo’s campaign for governor of New York, he routinely vexed both Liberals and Conservatives.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. He began hosting Meet the Press in 1991.

Recently, Tim Russert wrote two books — Big Russ and Me in 2004 and Wisdom of Our Fathers in 2006.

Like Brokaw, who authored The Greatest Generation, Tim Russert seems to be a consensus “good guy” according to people from across the political spectrum.
Tim Russert was definitely one of the media people who questioned both sides hard, not that he didn't have a definite ideological bias, he don't work for Moynihan and Cuomo without being a dyed in the wool Liberal.
In a way, what the MSM's done is to deliberately move the debate LEFT by calling the Center-Left (moderate Liberals) "the Center," and people like Tim Russert and others were a part of that.
The fact that Russert stands out as "one of the good guys" (his books on fatherhood attest to that) and "one of the few who wasn't completely driven by ideological bias," shows just how far Left the MSM in America has gone.

Sometimes bad things do happen on Friday the 13th...even if it’s just a coincidence.

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