Respect for the Dead, and Lessons from our Mothers
The inexplicable amount of air time devoted to Russert's death surely was laced with some potent self-pity by the networks themselves. In the sudden death of Tim Russert they no doubt caught a passing glimpse and reflection of a fate they fear for themselves.Possibly, Mr. Cooper. However, I would say that it is far more likely that the amount of airtime was a reflection of the widespread respect and admiration for a truly great colleague. I don't think Tom Brokaw tearing up was a reflection of his own mortality. I think he, like so many others, was grieving the loss of a friend.
Anymore, cable news is about partisan bickering. Nothing is fair, and nothing is neutral. Yet, Tim Russert was equally tough to all comers. I suggest Marc Cooper show some respect for dead.