I was shocked this afternoon to learn that Tim Russert, long-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press died today from a massive heart attack.
Of all the political analysts on network and cable television, Russert was top notch. He was intelligent and engaging. He was also absolutely and completely non-partisan. He favored no party and showed no favor to anyone. It didn't matter if you were a Republican or a Democrat, man or woman, politician or pundit, he asked fair, tough questions that held our public officials and talking heads to account. More than that, he did it without being confrontational or divisive.
Meet the Press with Tim Russert is the only Sunday morning politics show I watched. I was looking forward to watching and listening to Russert provide pointed, but fair, analysis in the upcoming presidential race.
The world of journalism is a darker place for having lost Tim Russert.