Tim Russert will be buried this week and memorial services will
be held to honor this man, the son, father, husband, decent human
being and revered journalist.
I was watching one of the many tributes over the weekend. I believe
it was Jack Welch, Russert’s friend and former boss. Russert was
asked to speak at a charity event and responded “just say when and
where.” Russert was to speak near his son’s college, Boston College.
Russert drove a truck up to leave with his son, spoke and then had a
late flight to take back. He was urged to spend the night. Russert
said no, I have a meeting early in the morning. Russert returned
for his meeting. The point was, Russert took care of all the important
aspects, giving back, taking care of family and his job.
How can journalists, media people honor the memory of Tim Russert?
Giving praise and attending memorials are a fine thing. However,
Russert was a man of action, devoted to covering politics and the
news. Russert would want people to do the job he can no longer do,
cover this election.
We are at a turning point in news coverage and information disemination.
The internet is rapidly becoming a primary news source for the public.
Blogs and websites have played a huge role in the 2008 election.
There is a story that is playing out that has barely been touched
by the MSM. A citizen has been trying to get a story before the
American people about Barack Obama. This citizen has had to resort
to utilizing the internet in the form of youtube videos, his own
blog and internet interviews. With little help from the MSM, the
word has gotten out.
Larry Sinclair will host a news conference at the National Press
Club on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. During the news conference, Mr.
Sinclair will answer questions and provide corroboration to his
story. Mr. Sinclair alleges that he and Obama used drugs and
engaged in gay sex on two occasions in November 1999. On the
surface the allegations look preposterous, but after doing the
job a reporter should do, and examining the allegations in the
context of Obama’s life and associations, they become believable.
What is my point? The MSM has not done their job. Obama has been
given a free ride for multiple reasons, one of which I believe
is the fear of being called racist.
Tim Russert was one of the first sources I referred to. In 2007
Mr. Russert questioned Obama about his records. Russert pushed
Obama for an answer and gave us one of our first glimpses of
the real Obama, an elusive character, a master of diversions.
So, you want to honor Tim Russert? Follow this story. Do the job
you are supposed to do.
Cover this election!