Saturday, June 14, 2008

All Russert ... everywhere ...

The internet is buzzing about Buffalo native Tim Russert's unexpected and untimely death.

This blog was actually one of the first places to report it yesterday, and since then there have been literally thousands of posts on blogs and MSM news sites about it. I thought I'd list some here.

WNYMedia.net may have been the first to report, beating WIVB locally ... and every other MSM source I can find. Today they redesigned their page with lots on the topic including a twitter timeline of local reaction.

MTV, not particularly known for their political prowess, posted a very interesting story about the fact that Russert was so "big" that news of his passing transcended their daily grind ...

Artvoice, ran a piece on it's blog, ArtVoice Daily, entitled "Friday the 13th in Buffalo."

Barack Obama is quoted on Politco.com as saying "There wasn't a better interviewer."

New York Times Columnist Frank Rich talks with MSNBC's Keith Olberman about it. As did Chris Matthews. And Tom Brokaw told Olberman that Russert's passing was "surreal." Actually, Oberman did a lot with the topic. talking with nearly everyone who ever worked with him, as well as reporters and anchors from other networks.

Washington Post writer Howard Kurtz said Russert revitalized the genre.

Finally - another local blog, Niagara Times, posted his death yesterday afternoon as well. The comments on the very respectful blog post are absolutely disgusting. Noteworthy, the blog is purportedly "to promote civil discourse on issues of concern in Niagara County."