TIM RUSSERT DIESTim Russert, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief and the long-time host of Meet the Press has passed away from an apparent heart attack in the NBC News bureau in Washington. From the New York Post:
Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said. He was 58 years old.
Now I am not sure who to watch on Election Night with no Tim Russert and no dry-erase board...
Those of us who really follow the nuts and bolts of politics as a part of our life saw Tim Russert as a friend, even though most of us never knew him personally. He came to us on Sundays like clockwork, as spring followed the winter, so Russert grilled politicos each week. He was at his best covering elections, however, and it was electoral coverage that made me a fan of Russert. I knew he was a Democrat-he didn't keep that a secret from anyone (he was Mario Cuomo's press secretary), but Russert called things like he saw them and he called elections as fairly as he could.
Election coverage on television will never be the same again without Tim Russert.
Our prayers go out to Tim Russert and his entire family.