jprichva saidI never personally understood the veneration of Tim Russert. He spent 8 years lobbing softballs at the Bush Crime Syndicate.
Apparently, you and I saw a different Russert. One of my favorite quotes from the king o' the press corps during the Lewis Libby trial:
Russert: “When I talk to senior government officials on the phone, it’s my own policy — our conversations are confidential. If I want to use anything from that conversation, then I will ask permission” –Tim Russert, under oath at the Lewis Libby trial, citing the textbook function of a government propagandist to explain his role as a “journalist.”
Can you imagine a "journalist" who regards EVERYTHING he's told by government officials as confidential? That is completely the opposite of a good journalist's approach.
Look up Bill Moyers' interview with Russert in his program about the press corps. The moment Moyers corners him, he starts the usual crying about just being a blue collar boy from Buffalo. It's a lot like George Bush claiming to be a good ole boy from Texas.
1969: I don't follow your refutation. Here is the quote:
I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used. It's our best format," as it allows us to "control the message
--Cheney media aide Cathie Martin, under oath at the Libby trial, making clear how well Russert fulfills his function.
Whether in a particular incident they decided ultimately not to do that, it's quite clear that was ordinary policy.
(Edit: quotes from Glenn Greenwald)