Sunday, June 15, 2008

The lighter side of Tim Russert

One of the (many) nice things about declaring today a sabbath day and keeping it for myself was that it was one of the rare Sundays I got to watch the Sunday morning news shows. The crappy thing is that it wasn't at all the same, as hardnosed "Meet The Press" moderator Tim Russert passed away suddenly on Friday.

This morning's news shows were full of reflections on Russert's leadership, his status as the journalist's journalist, his caring and open mentoring of others, and his reputation as the most prepared talk show host around. (Russert's background as a lawyer no doubt prepared him for "Meet The Press" -- indeed, his interviews were often referred to as "depositions.")

One of the things we haven't seen a lot of is the funnier side of Russert (except for NBC's cartoonish montage of Russert's heartfelt tributes to his home city of Buffalo, New York), but this clip from Friday's Late Night with Conan O'Brien is worth a watch:

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