From a reader:
Hi Jonah. Nice column today, I actually watched this as it was happening on sunday and couldn’t figure out for the life of me why Russert’s undies were in such a bunch.
But here’s my real problem. I assume that Ted Kennedy could also be considered a “taxpayer-paid employee”. I didn’t notice Tim, or any other news person, expressing any outrage when Kennedy abruptly cut of questions at a news conference by walking out when he was asked about some of his staff members orchestrating a delay in the confirmation of a judicial nominee in order to make sure that said nominee wouldn’t have the ability to cast a vote in the controversial Michigan admissions case. As you said, happens all the time.