Sunday, June 15, 2008

NBC’s Tim Russert dies of heart attack at 58

Washington bureau chief, ‘Meet the Press’ moderator collapsed on job

June 14, 2008

WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after suffering a heart attack at the bureau. He was 58.

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed. He was rushed to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, where resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

Russert’s physician, Michael Newman, said cholesterol plaque ruptured in an artery, causing sudden coronary thrombosis.

Russert had earlier been diagnosed with asymptomatic coronary artery disease, but it was well-controlled with medication and exercise, and he had performed well on a stress test in late April, Newman said. An autopsy revealed that he also had an enlarged heart, Newman said.

Russert’s death left his colleagues devastated.

He was “one of the premier political journalists and analysts of his time,” Tom Brokaw, the former longtime anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” said in announcing Russert’s death Friday afternoon. Brian Williams, managing editor and anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” called his death a “staggering, overpowering and sudden loss.”

“Meet the Press,” which he began hosting in 1991, was considered an essential proving ground in the career of any national politician.

“If you could pass the Tim Russert test, you could do something in this field,” said Howard Fineman, senior Washington correspondent for Newsweek magazine and a columnist for

Tenacity and passion
Russert was best known for his on-air tenacity as a reporter and his consuming passion for politics, which were evident during his nearly round-the-clock appearances on NBC and MSNBC on election nights.

But behind the scenes, Russert was also a senior vice president and head of NBC’s Washington operations, orchestrating all of the network’s coverage of government and political news.

“This is a tragic loss for journalism and for all who were privileged to know him,” said Walter Cronkite, the retired anchor and managing editor of ”The CBS Evening News.”

President Bush described Russert as "an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades."

He interrupted a news conference in Paris on Saturday to pay tribute to Russert, saying the world had "lost a really fine American."

"Tim Russert loved his country, he loved his family and he loved his job a lot and we're going to miss him," the president said.

"We send our deepest sympathies to Maureen, his wife, and Luke, his son. I know they are hurting right now and hopefully the prayers of a lot of Tim's friends and a lot of Americans will help them during this time of difficulty."

Earlier this year, Time magazine named Russert one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Mayor Byron Brown ordered flags flown at half-staff in Buffalo, N.Y., his hometown. NBC News' Brokaw was to host a special edition of “Meet the Press” remembering Russert on Sunday morning.

Senate staffer before entering journalism
Timothy John Russert Jr. was born in Buffalo on May 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Canisius High School, John Carroll University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

He was a member of the bar in New York and Washington, D.C.

He had recently returned from Italy, where his family celebrated the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.

After graduating from law school, Russert went into politics as a staff operative. In 1976, he worked on the Senate campaign of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and in 1982, he worked on Mario Cuomo’s campaign for governor of New York.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of NBC’s TODAY show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television. In 1986 and 1987, Russert led NBC News’ weeklong broadcasts from South America, Australia and China.

Of his background as a Democratic political operative, Russert said, “My views are not important.”

“Lawrence Spivak, who founded ‘Meet the Press,’ told me before he died that the job of the host is to learn as much as you can about your guest’s positions and take the other side,” he said in a 2007 interview with Time magazine. “And to do that in a persistent and civil way. And that’s what I try to do every Sunday.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement that Russert “asked the tough questions the right way and was the best in the business at keeping his interview subjects honest.”

Russert wrote two books — “Big Russ and Me” in 2004 and “Wisdom of Our Fathers” in 2006 — both of which were New York Times best-sellers.

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Anonymous said...

I already read this on a reputable website, why do you copy and paste it to a conspiracy website?

Real Truth Online said...

Hmmmm, thats an interesting word..."conspiracy". First of all, name ONE conspiracy on this website. Second of ONE time when anything you CALL a conspiracy has been refuted by you or by ANYONE. And thirdly....if you ADMIT that this website is NOT reputable....why do you keep coming to it? Hmmmmm????? Im sure, as usual, all 3 of my questions will be IGNORED.

Real Truth Online said...

Oh and let me add another thing......since you believe in the official story of 9-11, which is, by definition, a CONSPIRACY (19 hijackers with boxcutters who crashed 3 planes into their intended targets)....please explain YOUR conspiracy theory? After all, a conspiracy is 2 or more people involved in an ill-willed plot. I was never great at math, but isnt 19 more than 2? Yes. It is. So, any website that talks about the official story is a CONSPIRACY site.

real truthiness said...

it was great when he emberassed mcshame on his show.. he dick slapped him in front of everyone. with his own words. face it people who support mcunwarhero are unamerican.

intelect4commonsense said...

do you even have a job? is giving hummers on jonathan street a job? real truth destroyes you and your buddy jizz every time. thats why your on jizzs side, because he owes you money for a hummer. lol lol lol

Obama '08 said...

The reason he copies stories from other websites is because his own conspiracy material is so poorly written. This guy can't write anything without calling someone a fag... its clear he doesn't do any actual research other than looking up other bunk websites for conspiracies. It explains a lot if its true he's a fast food worker, he sure isn't a writer.

Real Truth Online said...

good job disproving anything I have said in any of my stories just by saying my stories are poorly written. Yet, you keep coming to my site. Explain why you complain that my stories are stupid and that Im a conspiracy nut, but yet you visit my site---explain that. Im waiting. At least when I bash people on my site, I tell you WHY. You just bash, bash, bash and never specifically give the reason. Saying my stories are stupid is NOT a reason---how about telling me WHY they're stupid. Im waiting

Real Truth Online said...

oh and by the way, posting the same old tiresome posts under different monikers isnt fooling anyone Jas, jiz, commonsense, timetoevolve and anonymous. I know youre all the same person----so stop trying to AVOID my questions by disguising yourself under another moniker to hide from my questions. What a COWARD

jiz said...

If it was me Larry, I'd post the entire manifesto which destroys all your arguments over again... you know the one you have to continually delete because you can't have anyone debunking all your lies on your own site. Sorry, looks like your paranoia is flaring up again lol. Haldol.

Real Truth Online said...

Jiz---you have never ONCE refuted ANYTHING I have said about 9-11----not ONCE. Calling me a "kook" is NOT refuting facts. Tell ya what? Why dont you make your OWN website and write articles YOURSELF?? Its easy and its free---just use blogspot--it costs nothing. So get your site made and start debunking away! Ill be the first to visit it and destroy your refutations. You wont do it, because you are a scared Neo-con water carrier. By the way, I have deleted NO refutations because you have never posted one---not even ONE.

commonsense4u said...

where is the post from jiz or jas? He's a left wing nut just like this "realtruth" but at least he sees through the 9/11 conspiracy bullshit.

jas/jiz where is your post, I want to read it.

Wasn't Us said...

Barbara Olson wrote the book on Hillary Clinton, HELL TO PAY. She was hot on the trail of California Congressman Gary Condit, who was under suspicion in the disappearance of his love interest & intern, Chandra Levy. Two months after Chandra vanished, Condit had been interdicted while secreting a zippered Tag Heuer wristwatch container in an Old Town, Alexandria, VA, Safeway store dumpster. A fifteen-foot brick wall surrounds that trash receptacle. The Safeway at 500 S. Royal St. is also located about six miles one-way from Condit’s then Washington, DC, address; but only three blocks from James Carville’s residence. Barbara Olson was Los Angeles bound, aboard American Airlines Flight 77, as a guest on Bill Maher’s popular TV show, Politically Incorrect. Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Date: September 11, 2001. Chandra Levy's remains were found May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park. Gary Condit kept his seat on the Intelligence Committee, but later lost his bid for re-election.

The Huffington Post / 09-01-07: “Since the Dem debate a few days ago a lot of people have understandably been taking shots at Tim Russert for his often small-minded ‘gotcha’ questions and his constant references to Bill Clinton. Some Hillary backers are seething about Russert; indeed, in a conference call with big donors, Hillary pollster Mark Penn and other supporters repeatedly griped about Russert's approach, with one supporter saying that he ‘should be shot.’ It's worth noting, however, that there's a long history here. Russert has been trying to catch out Hillary with ‘gotcha’ questions about Bill and other things for years now – in fact, his efforts to do this date all the way back to Hillary's first Senate campaign in 2000. And then, as now, the Hillary folks were mighty pissed off with him. The bad blood goes way back:”

Dead Drop: Prearranged hidden location for depositing and picking up messages and money in a clandestine manner, without the parties involved being present at the same time. According to Gary Condit a female admirer gave him the wristwatch. Gary crossed the Potomac River from DC into Virginia to dispose of the container, yet kept the watch. In 2006, Carville began hosting a weekly radio program 60/20 Sports, with Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert. Too much cross-pollination? Russert is survived by his wife Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine (recent Clinton article), and by their son. In 2008, Carville and wife Mary Matalin moved to New Orleans. “Who would have thought I'd have the opportunity to be in my home state in my favorite city with exciting things happening," says James.

commonsenceless said...

your right again larry.

Anonymous said...

tye only thing jizz can do is post that same old shitty story that doesnt debunk any thing but make himself look stupid.