As we watch the Russert coverage this weekend, let’s keep in mind how a certain segment of the population really felt about Russert. Some quick examples from the HuffPo.
Here’s Arianna from 2006:
Today on Meet the Press, a Meet the Press classic. No, not a rerun, but a show that so clearly exemplifies what’s wrong with this show and with the mainstream/Beltway media culture it represents that it should be sent straight to the Smithsonian.
And here’s Linda Milazzo from June 10 of this year:
That’s an excellent question, Mr. Russert. Although you haven’t accepted any culpability for your own enabling during the lead up to the war as McClellan has stepped-up to do, it’s still a fact that Meet The Press provided a national platform for the Bush administration to push its war with minimal challenge from YOU. Thus, Mr. Russert, I’d like to ask you that very same question:
And John Eskow from May 7 of this year:
George Orwell: meet Tim Russert.
And all his blowhard kin.
Tuesday’s biggest winner was not Barack Obama — though it’s impossible to overstate just how stunning his victory was, scoring a 200,000 vote margin in the wake of 24/7 media demonization — but the American voting public itself. And Tuesday’s biggest loser was not Hillary Clinton but her media surrogates, like Little Georgie Stephanopolous and Tiny Tim Russert.
“Tiny Tim.” Stay classy, Huffies. All of Huffington’s archived Russert commentary can be found here.