Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert at 58

I have felt a connection to Tim Russert given our colocal roots. He was smart, honest and considerate. A Buffalo guy.

What is interesting is how his death has coursed through the news circuit. As the bureau chief of NBC news I think he had a lot of impact in the news world and in Washington, though he was only a talk show host to most of the viewership. Every once and a while you get to see the disconnect between what we see and what 'is.' Russert was obviously extremely influential though not an opinion maker in the way O'Reilly or Olbermann.

I have money on Olbermann to replace Russert at MTP. Anyone got a better guess?

Addendum: After reading this article in The New Yorker over shabbes I am going to side with Shmuli on this one.


Anonymous said...

Did you really actually wager money that Olbermann would be tapped?


Zev said...

No, it is an expression. If I did the odds would not be 1-1 either.

Olbermann is one of the best personalities NBC has and is rather well spoken. I don't know that he is in the ball park though because of the perception of his staunch partisanship. It would probably be as if Bill O'Reilly took over MTP. Still, if Olbermann toned down his rhetoric he might have a shot.