Saturday, 14 June 2008

Tim Russert, 1950-2008.

Mr Smith was shocked and saddened when he heard of the untimely death of Meet the Press presenter Tim Russert last night.

"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."

Tim Russert was one of those rare modern day journalists who weren't afraid to challenge the "spin" from our politicians and get to some semblance of the truth, and who managed to their retain respect in doing it. Journalists in both the US and UK could learn something from that.

He will be missed.

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