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    Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Respect for the Dead, and Lessons from our Mothers

    When I was a child, my mother told me that 'if I didn't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all'. It's cliche, but its true. While I certainly haven't lived up to that advice, I've never sunk as low as Marc Cooper, who seems to have taken a great deal of offense that Tim Russert passed away on Friday. Cooper comments on how he "cashed in" by writing about his father (who Mr. Cooper shows serious contempt for), and rates Russert as a "just above median" journalist. Unlike Marc Cooper, Russert truly was a fabulous journalist. He was tough to everyone, including Obama.
    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.

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