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2008-06-19 09:00:31

By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun Jun. 19--A TV wake of six days and five nights for NBC newsman Tim Russert came to an end yesterday with a moving memorial service on cable channel MSNBC. Aptly representative of the arc of Russert's life, those eulogizing the 58-year-old anchor of Meet the Press ranged from an elementary school nun in Buffalo, N.Y., to the stars of mainstream media and singer Bruce Springsteen. From the announcement of Russert's death shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday to...

2008-06-18 09:00:44

With the election year raising issues of race, cable news networks are giving more noticeable roles to black political pundits, including these voices from both sides of the spectrum. _DONNA BRAZILE: A Democratic power player, she gives an insider's perspective on the presidential contest to CNN and showed a playful side when she told Anderson Cooper, "You're not my boo." _ROLAND MARTIN: A journalist and radio host who's also affiliated with TV One, this rising star has been a big part of...

2008-06-18 00:00:15

By Frazier Moore, The Associated Press NEW YORK - Tim Russert's chair was empty on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, two days after his unexpected death. But Russert was very much present on the full-hour tribute to this giant of political journalism who hosted NBC's public-affairs program for more than 16 years. "His voice has been stilled," began Tom Brokaw, who led the conversation, "and our issue this sad Sunday morning is remembering and honoring our colleague and our friend ...."...

2008-06-17 21:00:00

By JESSICA HESLAM During a touching tribute on yesterday's "Today" show, Luke Russert was asked about his late father Tim's role as a journalist and broadcaster. "I honestly believe that he saw himself as the questioner for the American people," the young Russert said of his father, the longtime host of NBC's "Meet the Press." Now the network faces the sensitive yet critical task of figuring out not who can replace the legendary newsman who died suddenly of a heart attack at age 58 on...

2008-06-16 09:00:43

Because primary season lasted five months instead of five weeks, I spent many nights in front of the TV watching voting results trickle in. That's how I got to know Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow, the number-cruncher and the pundit who were hired not long ago to beef up MSNBC's election coverage. Have they ever. Todd's endlessly interesting breakdowns of delegate math recently got him named "MVP of the primary season" by the Huffington Post. The Washington Post 's media critic called him...

2008-06-16 06:00:19

By Gary Levin The symbolism was as touching as it was obvious: The chair Tim Russert filled for 17 years on NBC's Meet the Press was left vacant on Sunday's broadcast, acknowledging the gap not just on TV's longest-running show but also in political coverage on and beyond NBC. "I'm glad I'm not in the position of president of NBC News today, who has to figure out how to juggle the programs and fit someone else in his slot," says Larry Grossman. He held that post in 1984 when he recruited...

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2008-06-15 12:00:00

By Katharine Q. Seelye and Julie Bosman Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable television networks, putting up videos on a "Media Hall of Shame," starting a national conversation about sexism and urging Clinton's rival, Senator Barack Obama, to address the matter. But many in the news media - with a few exceptions,...

2008-06-15 00:00:11

If it's Sunday, it's "Meet the Press," as Tim Russert said so many times in his unmatched 16 { years as moderator of network television's longest-running show. Yet, without Russert, who died Friday at age 58, Sundays, "Meet the Press," broadcast journalism and, certainly, NBC this political season won't be quite the same. "He was, without question, the most important, influential reporter in Washington, print or broadcast," Chris Wallace, a "Meet the Press" alumnus who now anchors rival...

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2008-06-14 06:00:00

POWER BROKER, Journalist, Commentator And -- most importantly -- a father and son, television lost a leading figure in Tim Russert, leaving an industry struggling to absorb a huge loss. Russert revived one of the most indelible brand names in all of television -- "Meet the Press" -- and became a driving force in American political life as a result. According to reports on NBC, he had just returned from a trip to Italy, where his family had remained behind. Of his death, MSNBC reported that...

2008-06-14 00:00:20

PHILADELPHIA _ NBC's Tim Russert, 58, perhaps the most widely respected newsperson in all of television, collapsed and died of a heart attack while at work in Washington Friday afternoon. Russert, a senior vice president at NBC, was the network's Washington bureau chief and had been moderator of "Meet the Press" for more than 16 years. Virtually every major American political figure since 1992 had weathered his intense questioning, and he had been an imposing NBC presence on dozens of...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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