May 16, 2005

Russert is a mook

I know this might sound petty, but it's been driving me nuts for a long, long time now. Has anyone else noticed how Tim Russert, a guy paid multiple millions of dollars a year to hold down one of the plum positions in broadcast journalism, can't freaking read a few paragraphs without mucking it up?

Every week he does his schtick of dredging up some quote or another designed to supposedly put the heat on a guest. And then he tries to read it. This is a guy who brags about how much work he puts into being prepared for his show, but every single week without exception, when he attempts to read a couple simple paragraphs from a page right in his hands, he ALWAYS messes up. And I mean ALWAYS. I can't think of a single time when he's actually read the words as they appear on the screen. And often he messes them up so badly that if someone weren't reading along, they'd get a completely different meaning from the piece.

Don't you think that one should at least be literate to be the host of Meet The Press?


At 5/16/2005 1:29 PM, Blogger Retro Girl said...

I like him. His goofs always make me feel as if he's more of a real person somehow, not all stuffy-stuff.

And get this: My 16 year old daughter has a crush on the man! LOL!

At 5/16/2005 1:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, he's a "real guy" alright. Million dollar plus house on Nantucket along with other NBC execs, Chris Matthews, and others. A total toady to the elite executives that pay him so lavishly.
And he has the nerve to portay himself as just a plain old working class guy.
It's all a ploy, down to the gratuitous references to the Bills and his repetitive use of his little dry erase board for the elections. Hell, he promoted that so much this year it was clear he'd stumbled onto something to further promote his "average joe" persona. I'm sure that even though it's ridiculous and unnecessary, he'll continue to use it from now on.

The guy is so entrenched in the D.C. media elite and such a complete corportate toady that he doesn't have a clue what "average Joe's" like his sainted Dad think.

Read Bob Somerby's two items ("All in the Family", and the bit on Nantucket) on Timmy in a piece at "The Daily Howler".

Just don't tell your daughter. ;-)

At 5/16/2005 5:04 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

Once again, I am going to have to concur with Dope. Russert is awful, just awful, at the art of cross examination and follow-up.

To demonstrate this point, I am going to take a brief excerpt from yesterday's interview of Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif. I will then include what I believe to be the most obvious, logical and appropriate follow-up question, followed by Russert's actual question:

MR. RUSSERT: So if Iran develops a nuclear capability, Egypt will not follow?

PRIME MIN. NAZIF: No. I don't think it's a necessity for us to do that.

MR. RUSSERT: What if Saudi Arabia does?

PRIME MIN. NAZIF: I don't believe they will.

OBVIOUS FOLLOW-UP: But what if they do?

MR. RUSSERT: Do you think Iran can be stopped?

PRIME MIN. NAZIF: Well, I think all countries should be stopped.

MR. RUSSERT: Including Iran?

PRIME MIN. NAZIF: Including Iran, and including the ones that already have them.

MR. RUSSERT: Would Egypt join in sanctions against Iran?

PRIME MIN. NAZIF: If they do that, we'll have to look into it.

OBVIOUS FOLLOW-UP: (which would obviously have to be spoken, if not yelled, in an incredulous tone) Are you saying that even if Iran were to develop a nuclear bomb, Egypt might not even join in the imposition of mere sanctions?!

MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Prime Minister, we thank you. We hope you'll come back in September after your presidential election and come talk to us about it.

At 5/16/2005 7:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Not to mention the fact that Russert babbled on and on about some Egyptian pop star who had hits with anti-American records and how there was a lot of anti-American sentiment against the invasion of Iraq.
He is such a toady that he put this to the president as if he expected him to think that this was just intolerable, as if it was proof positive that his country was completely messed up.
Such simpleton thinking reflects exactly the Bush administration and press efforts to simply believe that anything the U.S. does anywhere at anytime should be automatically agreed with and assumed to be damn near Godly.
Russert is a prime offender here.

Russert kept doing his "but... but...but... " whining on and on that there were some people actually voicing anti-imperialist sentiment in Egypt, and all of this on the heels of Russert trying to tar the guy with stories of how Egypt was still arresting political dissidents!!

Finally, and it was a relief, the Egyptian president said something to the effect of "Well Tim, if you want us to arrest these people for expressing their views, then that's not exactly spreading Democracy."
Russert continued in his dopey way suggesting that maybe this Egyptian president actually ... shudder... disagrees with Bush on Bush's incompetent moves in the middle east. As if that would be a BIG sin.
Just watch Russert, you'll see him do this sort of crap constantly.
Absolute bone-headed unquestioning, unswerving, and unexamined belief that the U.S. and it's policies are sacrosanct and flawless and that any opposition to them is well... just crazy, and anyone who even disagrees a little should be given the lowered eyebrows look and is to be suspected.

It's child-like.

Russert is a hack.

At 5/16/2005 10:37 PM, Blogger sailingtowindward said...

Russert ain't no hack. He's sharp.
He's insightful and interesting.

But, unlike right-wingers who wear their views like a badge of courage, Russert the former liberal Democrat actually goes out of his way to attack Dems. I think he's trying to show that he's a journalist, so he goes out of his way to lean to the right.

Why doesn't anyone at FOX have that level of guilt and shame and conscience?

I'm a Russert fan, most of the time.

At 5/17/2005 7:04 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Maybe he's just excited?

I still won't forgive him for the rough treatment he gave Gov Dean a while back. IT was over the top and really ticked me off...


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