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Enough with the Russert eulogizing, please

This is probably not the most politically correct thing to say, but it’s time for MSNBC to get back to the business of delivering the news and stop wallowing in its memories of Tim Russert.

Russert died suddenly Friday and the world of journalism was understandably stunned. One of its giants, a man only 58 years old, was gone. But the public grief and rending of cloth and hours of reminiscing with clips and sound bites has continued seemingly non-stop since then. Russert was loved and respected by many, many people, but he was a journalist, not a national hero, not a head of state.

It’s time for the public mourning to stop. It’s getting maudlin and maybe even a little self-serving by those likely to take his place. Let it go, people, let it go. Even Russert would probably tell you, it’s time to get back to work.

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  1. I absolutely agree. They are giving the guy’s death the same amount of coverage as the death of a former president or an important world figure (e.g. the Pope). Russert was a great journalist, but his contribution was still rather miniscule.

    MSNBC is the worst news network in the history of the planet. Since 2007, the network has engaged in the business of idolatry. What a shame!
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    Idolatry! The perfect word. That’s exactly what they are engaging in.

  2. This is such a tragedy.

    Clearly, the wall-to-wall coverage of a reporter’s passing indicates that we should cancel the elections this year. This is more tragic than 9/11 or the Holocaust.

    With such a tragedy, who can possibly care about the thousands in peril due to bad weather in the Midwest and South, and who can possibly focus on such minor issues like the hundreds that are killed on a weekly basis in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    Please, MSNBC, just turn into the all Russert all the time network. Can we maybe get a one week retrospective on his passing, with monthly updates on how his cemetery plot grass changes in length with the seasons?
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    No kidding. I had to poke around, through, and over the Russert stuff to find details of the Iowa flooding and the prison attack/break in Kandahar. Talk about losing all sense of perspective and priority. 😦

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