June 15, 2008
Shriver: Russert Was Like ‘a Father’
The late Meet the Press host Tim Russert was a father to many journalists during his time on the U.S. TV news series, journalist Maria Shriver said Sunday.
Appearing on the popular NBC program, Shriver said Russert was always prepared to offer younger journalists advice, such as the time she went to interview then-Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Political strategist was also on the broadcast, telling Brokaw how important Russert and Press were to the electoral process.
Yeah, this is where you separated the men from the boys, she said. You weren't a candidate until you came on this show.
Political consultant James Carville also reminisced about Russert, who died Friday, and the TV host's passion for politics and people.
And the truth is, he was a better guy, he was really a better guy than even you think he was, and the reason he was is because he had so much of a little boy in him, he said of the popular media figure.