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21st-Jun-2008 03:01 pm
Tim Russert Blew It on Iraq. So Why Are We Canonizing Him?
The delirium in the press at Tim Russert's passing has been strange. As a broadcaster he was not much better than average, which is saying very little. He could be a sharp questioner, but not when it really counted and when courage was required. He was tough with George Bush in a February 2004 interview. He taxed him with faking the reasons to attack Iraq. But in the years before the 2003 attack, I used to hear Russert being merciless to those questioning whether Saddam Hussein had the nukes and bioweapons alleged by the Bush Administration and its co-conspirators in the press, prominent among them Russert himself.

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21st-Jun-2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
It was touching to see how many people loved him and all, and how highly respected he was professionally, but it did seem de trop. Didn't Arianna Huffington have a feud with him over his complacency about the run up to war in Iraq?
22nd-Jun-2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember something to that effect in a previous post on HP.
21st-Jun-2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
And... AND... Saying definitively that Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee when he's within 40 delegates of sewing up is not "displaying his acute political acumen."

22nd-Jun-2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
*high five*
22nd-Jun-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think I liked that he had gotten better in the last few years about looking at the right direction. All mainstream media participated in the "rah rah" - or at least didn't contradict it very strenuously - of the war (as I recall, neither NPR nor Reuters was exactly a ball or fire about objecting, either). And if you look at how many pundits/commentators haven't changed their tune since then *coughFauxcough* ... I just like that he could change and improve, and did. (As I said on a post of mine, if you want to define "perfection" in journalism - and I don't know if it can be done - Murrow is the standard IMO.)
22nd-Jun-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
"...if you want to define "perfection" in journalism - and I don't know if it can be done - Murrow is the standard ..."

22nd-Jun-2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yep. And as far as I'm concerned, Clooney has a free pass to make goofy football movies the rest of his career, if he does nothing else ever again. *G*
22nd-Jun-2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
The canonizing is a nice diversion so that the media - and the fucking Bush crew - don't have to talk about the war, gas prices, flooding and the economy.
Whenever I see that sort of canonization, I always look for what they're not addressing.
Then again, I'm a cynical old bitch who remembers how they did the same damn thing during Watergate.
22nd-Jun-2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Great minds, great minds!
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