Monday, January 23, 2006

To Tim Russert: Why Did You Ask Senator Obama About Harry Belafonte?

Tim Russert,

This Sunday, you asked Senator Barack Obama to respond to Harry Belafonte's remarks about George W. Bush being a "terrorist." Why?

Why did you ask this question?

Harry Belafonte isn't an elected official, he doesn't speak for Democrats, he doesn't represent Senator Obama, he doesn't represent the Democratic Party, and he is entitled to his own opinion.

And why did you direct this question to Senator Barack Obama in particular? And did you raise the issue of Harry Belafonte's recent comments with any previous guests? And is it true that Colin Powell is the only other person you've ever asked about Harry Belafonte?

We'd appreciate an explanation.

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72 Comments:

Blogger Thesaurus Rex said...

Dear Mr. Russert-

Exactly why do you think Sen. Obama has some kind of special insight into the thinking of Harry Belafonte? Not to mention Colin Powell? Have you asked Arlen Specter what he thinks of the outrageous statements of Pat Robertson? Why not? They're both white men. Obviously, they speak for each other.

This kind of tacit racism on your part has not gone unnoticed by the public. Will you be asking Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for insights into the thinking of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez?

I'm outraged and disgusted by the kind of crony journalism you seem to have fallen into. Lazy and ignorant thinking on the part of journalists cheapens everything that a free media stands for. You should know better.

Sincerely,
David Ferguson

8:53 AM  
Blogger Midori said...

Too bad I'm not a Vulcan.

Then you could ask me about Mr. Spock's ears, and why he thinks humans are "illogical".

Mr. Russert - I've watched you several times bend over backward to get the Republican "spin" out.

You are brutal towards Democrats, and your interviews with Republicans seem more like ice cream socials rather than actual interviews.

I remember when you moderated the debate between Jeb Bush and McBride.

You don't even attempt to hide your bias.

9:06 AM  
Blogger mack said...

Harry Belafonte is not from Illinois either?

9:12 AM  
Blogger Eric Harding said...

Mr. Russert,

With all the problems in the past week (Osama, Iraq, Abramhoff, etc.), why did you pull out a weeks-old quote from a Hollywood celebrity?

This makes you look like you sell out your ethics for talking points.

Shame on you.

Eric Harding
Denver, Co

9:28 AM  
Blogger Ross Blackstock said...

I think your bigotry is showing as you quizzed Sen. Obama on the mind of another black man. Are ;you preparedto answer why Bush took us into Iraq and how do you answer to the faqmilies that lost a son or husband or to the children who will grow up without a father because one power hungry man with Cheney and Rumsfeld have cost us two trillion dollars? Ross

9:45 AM  
Blogger Steve O. said...

I'm sorry Mr. Russert - I must've missed the memo that says all black people are able to comment on one another thoughts because they all share the same beliefs?

9:52 AM  
Blogger RangerRon said...

he asked Obama for the same reason Obama stood behind Hillery's Plantation quip. He's Black and that is supposed to make him all knowing about what its like to be a black in america.He, Obama knows no more about Slavery and Plantations then the average americans. His Father is an Immigrant from Africa, who is an economist. His mother is a white fomer student his father met in Collage. he has no more insite to plantations, then I have of my English and Irish roots, or my Great Grandmother who was a Huron Indian from Canada.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Fartman said...

I believe Timmy just thought that since Sen. Obama is black, um well, they all look alike to Timmy.

Big Russ would be proud of his baby boy.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Fartman said...

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10:33 AM  
Blogger edward said...

let A = senator obama = black
let B = harry belafonte = black

A = B
senator obama = harry belafonte

let A = dick cheney = white
let B = david duke = white
dick cheny = david duke

This game is fun!

10:37 AM  
Blogger spiderleggreen said...

As a man who is so white, Mr Russert, can you please the horrible actions of you so many of your race? I'm waiting.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Hmmm.. What to Senator Obama, Harry Belafonte have in common?

Will you be asking Margaret Cho what she thinks of Kim Jong Il's latest comment?

11:19 AM  
Blogger Puzzled Mom said...

I happened to hear Mr. Russert ask Sen. Obama about Mr. Belafonte's quote, which was several days old; and I remembered being very puzzled. What connection did these two have, but this blog made it clear to me. I really thought Meet the Press would be about the recent bin Laden tape since this terrorist seems to be in a good place after President Bush promised to capture him "dead or alive" 4 years ago.

My son isn't in a good place. He's in Iraq, and I want to know why Mr. Russert is more concerned with linking Obama and Belafonte rather than exploring Osama who thumbs his nose at us while our children are exposed to unknown dangers every day. What is the purpose. Mr. Russert - explore that for your viewing public.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Mark Spittle said...

Well, I have the answer. I managed to get Tim Russert's notepad from that morning, and it has his pre-interview questions written on it in his own handwriting.

You can see the scans here.

1:02 PM  
Blogger kei & yuri said...

Dear Tim Russert,
We hear you have travelled much in the dark lands and can answer questions, or forward them to those who would know, about the behavior of black people.
Our question has to do with black peoples' inability to use sidewalks or doorways. If you're ever driven down seven mile in Detroit you nearly missed running over just under a dozen black people who were walking across the street regardless of the signal, regardless of traffic, regardless of their position in the middle of the block -- almost as if they just didn't give a care!
Why do they do this, Tim Russert? Is it because of slavery?
And doorways. If it is physically possible to "subvert" a door by going in through the out doorway, black people alkmost seem to prefer using that egress! What are they thinking? Don't they care that there is an in door and an out door? Are they beings of pure chaos?
We know a tough black person interviewer like you can get to the bottom of this. Perhaps you could ask the great physicist Freeman Dyson's son Michael what the hell is wrong with black people. Maybe Kofi Annan knows something about the in and out door phenomenon. Nelson Mandela must be made to answer for this anarchic surfeit of freedom, or if you can't get him, Tiger Woods.
We are counting on you, Little Russ.

2:46 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Yes, I said WTF when I heard you ask that question.

It seems there were so many other things you could have asked him about.

I hope you will write Sen. Obama a note saying you are sorry (as well as mentioning it to your viewers).

5:42 PM  
Blogger thispostkillsfascists said...

Dear Tim Russert

I am outraged by your decision to take time in your show to ask Barack Obama about Harry Belafonte's statements. Not only is this implicitly racist but more importantly it is unfair to the the Democratic Party. Why should Barack Obama be asked to answer for something that an ENTERTAINER said about our President? Why don't you hold the same (ridiculous) standards to the Republicans and ask them to answer for statements by Pat Robertson, Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis.

Neither the Democrats nor the "Left" are not responsible for what Harry Belafonte has to say.

I am sick of the way the corporate media has chosen to use Michael Moore and Harry Belafonte as punching bags for the "left" in America. Neither of these people are spokesmen for the left. Neither of them hold a public office.

Until you apologize for your poor judgement, I promise that I will never watch your show again and I will do whatever I can to boycott your advertisers.

It is important for you to understand that we are not going to tolerate your irresponsibility any longer.

5:43 PM  
Blogger semblance said...

Timmeh, go do some actual reporting on Republican crime and the dictator in the White House instead of spending time on these jackass racist questions.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Sasha Undercover said...

Dear Mr. Russert,

For a long while I have puzzled over the abundance of white men on your show, far beyond what one might find by chance. I must admit that I suspected a cause that was Not So Nice. For which I must now apologize.

You see, since I saw your interview with Senator Obama, especially your question about Mr. Belafonte's motives, I realized that you rarely have questions suitable for minorities and women. Clearly you are inviting them on your program whenever it is appropriate. Please accept my apologies.

Oh, and I will be looking forward to hear Dr. Rice's comments on Dollie Parton's latest discussion of breast size the next time the opportunity presents itself.

6:03 PM  
Blogger ac said...

Mr. Russert,

Let me see if I got this right...

Black people get asked what other black people think and rich white men get asked what other rich white men think?

Thanks for your time Timmeh.

6:13 PM  
Blogger integritywatch said...

Hey Timmie:

Can you say "racist?" Can you say "GOP water carrier?" The journalist in your died a long time ago - may it rest in peace.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Tim, Tim, Tim...Let's just state the obvious; Obama is black so he should either denounce or support Belafonte's statements.

If he does not denounce Belafonte's statements, he agrees with him and therefore not worthy of the white vote. If he does denounce his statements, he is a trader to his race.

Admit it, you want to know what type of Negro you are dealing with in the Senate.

Now I've got a question for you. What Category Negro did you conclude Obama to be a Category V, III...or I?

Cassandra Rucker
Detroit, MI

6:30 PM  
Blogger Alvord said...

Your interview techniques of using "embarrassment by association" and "gotcha journalism" are getting tedious. If you want to see how to do an interview, watch Jim Lehrer or Brian Lamb. In the case of the Obama inteview, you were also thoughtless when you decided he needed to provide America his thoughts on Belefonte. And please stop showing us how clubby you are with other Washington, DC establishment types. It doesn't draw us into your world, it just is a reminder of how separate we are from you.

6:59 PM  
Blogger travis said...

Perhaps is the start of Total Ethnic Journalism. From now on, every Irish-American can be asked about any bigoted statements by P.J O'Roarke or any statement whatever by Ted Kennedy. Every Jew will be required to have opinions about every statements by other Jews. Black newscasters can comment on sports, but only if it's a black player. For white players, they must pass the mike over immediately to a white commentator. Since Tiger Woods is claimed by multiple ethnic groups, only about five people have the exact qualifications to speak to his experience, so their job prospects are looking quite good.

This is the responsibility era, people, and these are new rules. Per Tim Russert, you must join your clan, just like you were walking onto the floor of a maximum security prison.

Big shout out to all the people in my Welsh/Jewish/Cherokee/Hillbilly tribe!

7:08 PM  
Blogger zridling said...

Tim, why did you spend half your "news" show promoting your son's XM radio sports show with Carville? Your interview with Obama was pretty lame boilerplate and sadly, allowed him to sound like every other politician in Amerika. Tim, you're truly sad. And fat.

7:08 PM  
Blogger hoosierville said...

Tim Russert=Institutional Racism

He really doesn't have a clue that this is an offensive question. It's just the way "they've" always done it.

Tim, can you please explain why Tim McVeigh blew up the Federal buildng in Oklahoma. I'd like you to respond to that question. He was white. He was a Christian. You have a lot in common.

7:21 PM  
Blogger suttree said...

This guy's a racist asshole.

7:36 PM  
Blogger James Eaton said...

The last MTP was a sampler of everything wrong with the program: Carville/Matalin are a joke! He's a Dem operative and she's a member of WHIG. WTF? --- Plugging the sports show with Carville and Russert's son. WTF? --- Then Tim tops it off with the Belafonte question.

Mr. Russert, please go home and look up the words, journalism and reporter. Then look in the mirror and see if either apply to you. I think not. Lawrence E. Spivak is spinning in his grave.

The news has been cancelled!

7:42 PM  
Blogger ousman ceesay said...

Russert is an over rated, over paid hatchet bumble head abusing our air waves. It is past time for him and his ilk to be called for what they are...incompetent douche bags.

7:42 PM  
Blogger jurassicpork said...

Don't worry. I'll take care of that fat, pumpkin-headed prick in my next Assclowns of the Week this weekend but good.

8:27 PM  
Blogger buddhistMonkey said...

Tim,

Why did you use the James Carville segment of Meet the Press to promote his new sports show gig on satellite radio, but fail to disclose that your son will be his co-host? Should I assume that you ALWAYS use your program for undisclosed personal gain, or just sometimes?

8:50 PM  
Blogger Ropyvega said...

I've even played 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game and I still couldn't connect Obama with Belafonte. How did YOU do it?

9:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'm curious...why the need to "act" as a non-partisan jouranlist? It is an act, non? I'd trust you more if you came right out and 'fessed up to being the RW lackey that you really are. Oh for the days of Edward R. Murrow.

By the way,"If it's Sunday, it's boring"

9:06 PM  
Blogger SoPTSD said...

So Tim tell us what you know about the bin Laden video. You obviously have your WH connections ie. Scooter/Cheney. Never mind the racism smoke screen. Obama handled you like the GOP tool you are. Katherine Harris is more your speed. There's no there there!

9:17 PM  
Blogger BlueMan said...

I always thought it was silly when Mr. Russert pretends not to know things (i.e. "Critics say that the K Street Project may have favored the Republicans-what say you?")

But that doesn't even compare to how weird it was to hear the Belafonte question (and, yes, I do watch MTP now and again and saw that one).

1:28 AM  
Blogger bs_detector said...

Dear Mr. Russert,
I stopped watching your show years ago, but made an exception last week to hear Sen. Obama, whose speech at the Democratic convention was the best I've heard in my 46 years. His responses to your ridiculous questions were unfailingly civil, but sadly the first words out of his mouth weren't 'why are you asking me about Harry Belafonte'. It's not only racist, it's the typical guilt by association ploy used by you in the traditional media. I'm a former Republican who left the party in 1992 after the Republican national convention when I realized my party was the party of bigotry. I don't need to guess what your your political affiliation is.

Your segment with Carville, Begala, and Matalin was much, much worse, and your plugging of the show your son and Carville are about to launch shows that the ridiculous levels of privilege and cronyism don't belong solely to our current administration in Washington.

Sincerely,
Beth Santin

6:53 AM  
Blogger big ring abuser said...

Tim,

As a John Carroll University graduate I would think you would look at the community involvement of someone like Belafonte with admiration. He has done more in his life than you, or any other RNC shill.

What Obama thinks of Belafonte is inconsequential - what do YOU think of his comments?

6:58 AM  
Blogger Jim And Anne said...

Thanks for starting this Blog

8:09 AM  
Blogger MrChip said...

Maybe Tim is one of the taxpayer funded reporters that the White House pays to distribute proganda to the public? Regardless, it's obvious Tim is so WHITE he has no idea what he's doing in this context. I will never watch his broadcasts again, he like basically all of TV news has been sold out to the highest bidder. How long can these lying games go on? Our country is dying!!!

9:50 AM  
Blogger eriq said...

Tim Russert, you are a racist hack and not a journalist.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Angry Mind said...

Dear Mr. Russert,

I'm interested to know what Senator Obama thinks about this whole Jackie Robinson thing. Personally, I don't think negroes can play in the majors.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Lantern Bearer said...

Tim. Timmy. Timothy. For goodness sake, make an appointment and see if there is a medication just right for you.

While I do not partake of anything that is TV ralated, I did feel a ripple in the force from the mega eye roll that happened when you finished the question.

That was just "ignut".

Lantern Bearer

11:24 AM  
Blogger Rick Perlstein said...

The explanatory letter NBC is sending out reeks of plausible deniability. I corresponded with Senator Obama by phone and email when he voted for tort reform. Funny, he never got back to me. Why do I suspect Belafonte got no closer to the great man than I? You need to produce evidence that the senator and the singer actually had a real dialogue before your claim has any credibility at all.

12:24 PM  
Blogger RFScharmann said...

Dear Mr. Russert:

I watch you on IMUS because I rarely watch TV any other time than early morning. I didn't see you ask Sen. Obama the question about Harry Belafonte. However, I must agree that this does seem racist. I do think that you owe Sen. Obama an apology. I agree that you would not ask Senator Lott or any of the white senators to explain comments by say Rev. Robertson (I use him because he seems to represent a famous person who tends to support the far-right part of the Republican party). The only reason to ask Sen. Obama that question was that you tend to lump black people together -- no matter what their beliefs or occupation. This seems unacceptable to me for a news person. Please, please apologize for this. I can't believe that you would want to offend so many people. Also, please think about what you are doing on your show. You can be fair but right now the press seems to be catering to the right. Stand up and do the right thing. Take back journalism out of the hands of both the left and the right. PBS can still present a fair picture, why can't the main stream media? I have hope that you can be the person who makes a difference and brings the debate back to the issues. I want you to be the person who stops the garbage and starts to help bring this country back together. We are all people. We all want the same things. We need the press to present the facts and not to read talking points from either side.

I hope you read this Mr. Russert. I hope you change your show.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Mel's Missing Penis said...

What's up with the racism Tim?

1:52 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tim - of all the things you could have asked the Senator this is what you come up with? I'm so disappointed in you.

I think you owe Senator Obama an apology.

3:19 PM  
Blogger AmericanXpat said...

Tim,

I know you won't read this but I'll write it for others to read. It is reported you have been asking Senator Obama about comments recently attributed to the singer Harry Bellafonte, comments he has made about the war in Iraq. Have you lost your mind or are you simply another press gelding. Let me make my case in favor of the latter ... I will refer to this position as the "gelding factor".

Why not just invite mr Bellafonte onto your show? Fellow CNN gelding Wolfie had him on the "Situation Room" and Harry was indeed a quite capable speaker who didn't back down from the difficult questions posed by Wolfie. In my judgement Harry was a more capable spokesman than your own pResident who held his own in the face of questions that would have floored the verbally challenged pResident.

Secondly you yourself have become news and maybe the time would be better spent having you question yourself about your role in the Valerie Plame affair. It seems, according to recently released court documents that recently you found yourself in a conflict of interest. My understanding is that you argued IN FRONT OF A JUDGE that if you were to testify in front of the grand jury you would be kept from pursuing your career and making a living. This was despite the fact you had been released from your reporter's pledge to secrecy by Mr Libby. The public's right to know be damned, and despite the Grand Jury's need for your testimony to help identify the leaker(s) who had named Valarie Plame. As it turned out your testimony has provided key information to that Grand Jury.

I would like to hear more about your role in this entire mess. I am sure my understanding is flawed. I am anxious to hear more about your role in the Plame story and less about Harry Bellafonte.

ps I hope your son does well on radio. Good job getting him face time on your show with James and Mary. Isn't free advertising great. His name should get him all sorts of favors.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Empty Blog said...

Dear Tim Russert, you richly deserve this:


Embedded Journalism


Read it and weep, Bush-lover!

Your canine deference to authority is sickening!

You dirty Bush-collaborator!

Get some therapy and maybe you'll have enough character to apologize to the world for your years of propaganda!

10:21 AM  
Blogger greg alexander said...

First off, shame on you Dale for not posting a link to the interview in question (apologies if I just missed it somehow). Here it is: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10909406/

While I find it curious (and condemning of Tim Russert) that his published reasons for asking Obama about Belafonte do nothing to explain the actual reality of preparing such an ambush, I do not think the real story is the fact that Tim Russert is a Republican propaganda agent -- we can accept this as something that is wrong with the world and not in need of fixing.

The real story goes something like this. A talkshow host of some variety asked a supposedly Democrat Senator (that is to say, the party that is opposed to Bush) whether or not it was fair to compare Bush with terrorists. This is a fair question because it is, after all, the belief of a lot of Democrat voters that Bush is a war criminal. It is interesting to know what the actual Democrat representatives believe. It provides Obama a nice segue into saying those things about this presidency that are hard to say. Mr. Obama, what do you believe?

"I don’t think it’s appropriate [to call Bush a terrorist]. That’s not language that I would use." - Sen. Obama.

That's what we're mad about. Why is it inappropriate to call Bush a terrorist? Because he uses threats of unilateral action by an unelected tyrant to get his will? Perhaps it's inappropriate to call Bush a terrorist because he orders airstrikes on foreign civilians without the permission of the foreign sovereign government? Perhaps it's inappropriate to call Bush a terrorist because he's actually an emperor? Perhaps it's inappropriate to call Bush a terrorist because he's just so darn cute.

No, that's not where Obama was going. When given an open-ended question about why Bush is considered a terrorist, a war criminal, an emperor, a jingo, a conqueror, a hegemon, and so on, what does Obama do? "But keep in mind that, you know, one of the great things about the United States is all of our citizens have the right to, you know, speak our mind about what’s going on politically." Then *bam* Obama changes the subject and turns into an eloquent Bush apologist with respect to Iraq.

Keep in mind that, you know, one of the great things about the United States is that our elected leaders can wear the tag Democrat and still shy away from every opportunity to score points against the Republicans. My right to vote for a party that will never stand up for me is unlimited. Go team America! Fuck yeah!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Walter Crockett said...

It's important to remember that in our society rich journalists face no real consequences for their bad actions. Russert, among many others, will have plenty of money to survive and support his family long after his almost gleeful enablement of the Bush kleptocracy has driven our economy and our democracy into the ditch.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Walter Crockett said...

In today's America, rich journalists face no real consequences for their bad actions. Russert, and others of his ilk, could lose their jobs tomorrow and still have enough money to support their families long after their gleeful enablement of the Bush kleptocracy has helped drive our economy, our environment, and our democracy into the ditch.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Funluvn1 said...

What a windbag

10:44 AM  
Blogger Funluvn1 said...

What a windbag

10:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Dear Mr. Russert:
It's disconcerting to see that, once again, a member of the traditional media has responded to fact-based criticism by smearing the critic.

We've seen the New York Times lash out at those who pointed to its completely wrong, error-ridden coverage of WMDs in the runup to the Iraq invasion. We've seen the Washington Post snarl at those who questioned the ethics of Bob Woodward holding onto stories of government corruption for his book, instead of reporting them in the newspaper. We've seen Bob Woodward himself criticize critics who pointed out that, at the very least, he should have recused himself from any comments on Patrick Fitzgerald or Plamegate.

And we've seen the Post most recently slam the bloggers who were angry when that newspaper's ombudsman reported wrongly that Democrats had taken money from Jack Abramoff, and then refused to correct her mistake for days. And even that correction was ambiguous at best.

Now you go after Arianna Huffington for criticizing you. She's right that you should have mentioned your son's involvement with Carville before plugging Carville's show. There is no denying that you should have done that. Indeed, you cannot deny it. So instead you smear her.

You also cannot deny that you, like Bob Woodward, didn't reveal your involvement in the Plame/Libby/Fitzgerald case while commenting on it. This is also unethical journalism.

Your behavior is disgraceful. And I say that as one journalist to another. You are a disgrace to the profession.

The really unfortunate thing is, you are not an anomaly. How very sad for us all.

Sincerely,
Lisa in Portland

10:49 AM  
Blogger OneBob54 said...

Tim Russert giving a talk on journalistic ethics??? What's next--Diversity workshops by David Duke? Anger management classes from Mike Tyson? English grammar tips from George W. Bush?

How sad that the network that once gave us Chet Huntley and David Brinkley now can't give us anything better than Russert, Couric and Matthews.

11:17 AM  
Blogger ccarlsson said...

I'm glad that there's a ruckus stirring with respect to the endless blowhards who dominate our airwaves. But I find the naivete a bit disturbing too, the idea that somehow these people and their owners are really going to care at all about all this attention. The bigger question than the blatant incompetence and ultra-right skewing of news and commentary is why isn't there a single media mogul interested in making all the money to be made by offering a real news source, one that is independent, international, open-minded, fair and relatively objective? One that knows there's a huge realm of political thought and action that takes place completely beyond the radar of the teensy (but disproportionately powerful) world of repub-vs-demo in Washington? Not that Ted Turner or anyone in particular can be seen as a great hope for even a vague center-left, but someone with dough must want to fill this void... no?

12:08 PM  
Blogger featherwalker said...

"What happened to the benign Sunday morning patriarch we look to for wisdom and thruthiness?...
the man who has done more than anyone to normalize wingnut eliminationist rhetoric in mainstream political discourse, who equipped himself with an inviolable set of principles...."

Perhaps Master Tim is on the road to Damascus....More probably,the little people, who can't provide honorariums and first class plane tickets, have no right to mention the patent nepotism of his sons new job. It's a comedy that NBC will not permit comments....a great apron for Tim to hide behind.

12:10 PM  
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12:12 PM  
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12:12 PM  
Blogger featherwalker said...

Tim Russert is such a joke. How could anyone take him seriously??? He still hasn't answered for his obvious role in Plamegate or his dreamy eyed admiration when being in Bush's presence. Guess the "baby Russert's "job is one of the trade-offs for being such a stand-up shill for the Right wingnuts....something that would be hard to trace as a pay-off....kind of like the book on daddy??? Shame on NBC for not allowing comments to go directly to them.

12:14 PM  
Blogger factoryqueen said...

Mr. Russert,
Why not have Mr. Belefonte on meet the press and ask him the question?

1:45 PM  
Blogger Howard Roark said...

Tim Russert has failed his profession, allowing a personal bias or prejudgment cloud his integrity as a journalist. It is shameful that NBC would allow him to question the opinion of Sen. Obama on the statements of another man simply because they are both black. If the interview had happened two days later, Russert could have asked Sen. Obama how he felt when he heard that tap dancing legend Fayard Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers had passed. Shame on NBC. Shame on Tim Russert. It only shows how bush league those in league with Bush really are.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I can't watch the morning "news" anymore...especially when guys like pseuodo-journalist Russert come on with their "serious" looks and half-assed attempts at real reporting. It's like a clown show. Did anyone actually ever take this guy seriously?

5:50 PM  
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5:51 PM  
Blogger Brad Mays said...

Well, at least Tim seems to be finished with aggrandizing his old man on the air waves. My god, was that ever tedious. What a load.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Brad Mays said...

Well, at least Tim seems to be finished with aggrandizing his old man on the air waves. My god, was that ever tedious. What a load.

11:18 PM  
Blogger neil bart said...

Russert's a nice guy, but he's a big, dumb nice guy.
He doesn't get every major administration figure on his show because he asks the hard questions.
No chance of the altar boy ever questioning authority.

8:40 AM  
Blogger beudrep said...

just another corporate whore

7:29 PM  
Blogger Africa Solomon said...

Tim,

Could you explain the rational for askng Obama about Harry? I did not hear you ask Frist to ask some Tom Delay or any other white person.

I used to like MTP but know you and Chris Matthews are opportunisits who do not have a core belief.

I appreciate people like Pat Buchanan who have convicition even though I disagree with what they stand for.

4:18 PM  
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6:49 AM  
Blogger Perdurabo said...

Mr. Russert:
Why are you a racist prick?
Love,
Mike

9:21 PM  
Blogger Vein Doctor said...

I wish your blog was a bit longer and clearer. As a busy vein doctor I don't have the time to follow politics and did not quite understand what the message was.

12:20 AM  

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