Sunday, June 15, 2008
Like most government communicators, I subscribe to quite a few "news alerts" from major news organizations. Most of the ones I receive don't really surprise me. Friday's news alerts about the death of Tim Russert was different; they made me stop working for a while.
I like watching people who enjoy their jobs. There is no question that Tim Russert loved his. From his questions each week on "Meet the Press," the audience knew he had done his homework and that his guests were going to get asked the tough questions. He was a student of American politics and, though not a journalist by training, learned the craft -- and arguably learned it better than most.
The tributes being showered on him are well deserved. His death is a loss for journalism, his family and the nation. His death is also a loss for us in government communications. Russert had a passion for politics and respect for those who serve. But he deservedly held all of them -- and us -- to high standards.
He will be missed and we express our deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues.