Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert R.I.P.


As all readers of this blog know, Tim Russert died unexpectedly today.

In this political rhetoric professor's opinion Tim Russert, with a liberal background, was the finest political interviewer on mainstream media.

I literally never watched an interview of his and thought he was giving an easier time to someone because of the interviewee's politics.

Perhaps the most striking attribute of Russert the interviewer was his work ethic and preparedness. In fact, in my life, I have literally never witnessed an interviewer who was so thoroughly knowledgeable throughout every interview he did. I used to just watch him in admiring wonderment.

I had personal communication with him many years ago when I wanted to participate with him on a media matter. He did not use me, but he responded immediately in longhand.

What an exceptionally honest and decent man. He was the best at what he did.

Richard E. Vatz, Ph.D.
Towson Distinguished Professor
MCOM/COMM; University Senate; Towson University
Thomas Szasz Civil Liberties Award Winner
Associate Psychology Editor, USA Today Magazine;
Editor, Current Psychology
Towson University


Daniel said...

I heard the exchange between Dan Durian and Tim Russert heading in to work this morning.

It was a very enjoyable conversation to listen to. I usually like to listen to them every Friday morning, which makes me just a little late for work.

Mr. Russert will be missed by many of us, I am sure.

(I listened to your conversation with Ron this afternoon coming home, too, Dr. Vatz.)

Julie Karson said...

Tim Russert had a way of asking the tough questions without ever getting flippant. He made it difficult for interviewees to get angry with him, because they knew he was not a grandstander. For this reason, his death leaves an awful hole on political television.