Sunday, October 31, 2004

Why Tim Russert Sucks

There are so many reasons why Meet the Press host Tim Russert sucks; this is merely the most recent: This Sunday Russert had former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. As the mayor of New York City, Giuliani was by necessity and in fact, a liberal Republican. Sadly, he has since turned sharply partisan and that was on full display on this Sunday's Meet the Press. Russert's trick is to capture a quote which puts his guest in a box and try and see him wriggle out of it. This is supposed to demonstrate Russert's tough questioning, but, since everyone knows this is his tactic, they're prepared for it. And since Russert does it every week, it has become a merely a pretense of tough questioning. The charade was on display again today when Russert reiterated Giuliani blaming the troops for not securing the missing explosives in Iraq: "No matter how you try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there," Giuliani said on NBC's "Today" show. "Did they search carefully enough? Didn't they search carefully enough?" Giuliani dodged the question and went on to spread, unchallenged by Russert, a long-winded rhetorical smear against Senator John Kerry that was short on facts and full of fear-mongering. Russert, seemingly oblivious to the lies being spread on his program, next asked Giuliani if the next president could bring the nation together after such a divisive campaign. Yes, Giuliani said, and it's essential that whoever wins move to the center, reach out, appoint Administration members from the other party, etc. It apparently didn't occur to Russert to question Giuliani drastic change in temperment and tone from the previous moment. You sure are tough, Russert; you go on belieiving that.

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