Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tim Russert, RIP

Lew Rockwell on the late Tim Russert:

See Glenn Greenwald on the fascist leader-worship of the conservatives, and the power worship of the press.

On the latter, it is instructive to remember the late Tim Russert.

Indeed, how could we forget? Cable TV has been obsessed with their colleague since his death. Time Magazine, we are reminded again and again, named him one of the 100 most powerful people in America, that is, one of the people most powerfully serving and advancing the state and the power elite. Of course, cable figures also lionize him because it enhances, or so they think, their own bloated sense of self-importance.

We are also told that Russert asked tough questions of politicians. What a joke. He acted like their butler or valet--with one exception. When Russert interviewed Ron Paul, he was incredibly hostile, made lying insinuations, gave Ron almost no to answer, and in general acted like a member of the Capitol Hill-neocon thugbund.

Perhaps Russert, in confronting a genuine man of peace, felt guilty for his Bushian propaganda for war on Iraq, and the blood on his hands. The perpetually embedded journalist's body language was crabbed, and he never looked Ron in the eye.

Of course, no man's death is a good thing, let alone at such a young age. Tim Russert undoubledly did much good in his private life. May his soul rest in peace.

Note: See this playlist for Tim Russert's interview of Ron Paul, or watch below:

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