Why Luke Russert decided to leave NBC News after eight years
Tim Russert was a fixture in American homes since becoming moderator of said on MSNBC that an autopsy had found that Mr. Russert had an enlarged Tim Russert during a taping of "Meet the Press" in October Meet the Press - Watch episodes on jogglerwiki.info and the NBC App. Chuck Todd hosts the On February 8, , Tim Russert conducted an exclusive, hour-long . Follow Chuck Todd as he uncovers breaking news events with the experts on News and analysis from Meet the Press and the NBC News Political Unit.
He is a living link to his father's legacy, but also a well-respected reporter who overcame widespread complaints about nepotism.
Some observers thought he would be a NBC "lifer" like his father.
One person described him as feeling like he's on a highway, and like if he doesn't take the exit now, he might regret it. Initially Russert talked about leaving NBC "because he thought he needed a new environment," the close friend said. But "then his thoughts became more that he needed a break, period. So I get it. His first assignment was the political conventions.
Work was a welcome opportunity at the time. His father's death came suddenly, the result of a heart attack while inside a tracking booth at NBC's Washington bureau, and some of his friends and colleagues said they're not sure Luke ever fully processed it.
Russert gradually earned the respect of colleagues and rivals. He recently worked long hours covering a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. What he did do, however, is put his head down and work," Heye said. In a memo on Wednesday, Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland called him "our go-to guy on the Hill" and "one of the bureau's most reliable utility players.
Washington bureau chief and host of Meet the Press[ edit ] He was hired by NBC News' Washington bureau the following year and became bureau chief by Russert assumed the job of host of the Sunday morning program Meet the Press inand would become the longest-serving host of the program. Its name was changed to Meet the Press with Tim Russert, and, at his suggestion, went to an hour-long format in The show also shifted to a greater focus on in-depth interviews with high-profile guests, where Russert was known especially for his extensive preparatory research and cross-examining style.
One approach he developed was to find old quotes or video clips that were inconsistent with guests' more recent statements, present them on-air to his guests and then ask them to clarify their positions.
With Russert as host the show became increasingly popular, receiving more than four million viewers per week, and it was recognized as one of the most important sources of political news.
Time magazine named Russert one of the most influential people in the world inand Russert often moderated political campaign debates.
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John ChancellorRussert's NBC colleague, is credited with using red and blue to represent the states on a US map for the presidential electionbut at that time Republican states were blue, and Democratic states were red. How the colors got reversed is not entirely clear. Russert testified previously, and again in United States v. Lewis Libbythat he would neither testify whether he spoke with Libby nor would he describe the conversation. Russert testified again in the trial on February 7, If I want to use anything from that conversation, then I will ask permission.
Times wrote that, "Like former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Russert was one of the high-level Washington journalists who came out of the Libby trial looking worse than shabby. All the litigation was for the sake of image and because the journalistic conventions required it. It's our best format. I don't think the public was, at that time, particularly receptive to hearing it," Russert says.
Those in favor were so dominant. We don't make up the facts.
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We cover the facts as they were. Folkenflik went on to write: Russert's remarks would suggest a form of journalism that does not raise the insolent question from outside polite political discourse—so, if an administration's political foes aren't making an opposing case, it's unlikely to get made. In the words of one of my former editors, journalists can read the polls just like anybody else.