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?