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Sundays will never be the same. Earlier today, Tim Russert, the man who hosted “Meet The PressNation” on NBC, passed away. He apparently succumbed to a heart attack, although the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. It was a rude reminder of the […]

Sundays will never be the same. Earlier today, Tim Russert, the man who hosted “Meet The PressNation” on NBC, passed away. He apparently succumbed to a heart attack, although the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. It was a rude reminder of the fragility of life, and how quickly it comes to an end. It also reminded me of my own brush with mortality and how lucky I am to be around. Russert was a gold standard for many of us in the media business — a role model who never disappointed, constantly prodded and almost always informed.

Watching Russert, I learned how to ask tough and uneasy questions, be charming when charm was called for and indulge in indignation when an iron fist was necessary. Moreover, I learned how important it is to never be malicious, angry or improper — even though that has become the way of the world. At 58, he died too soon, for I think he would have liked to cover the historic upcoming elections. He passed while hard at work, and I suspect he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Not meeting him is the first big regret of my life.

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By Om Malik
  1. Om,

    All the more reason why its so good of you to have started exercising, watching your weight, monitoring your food, etc. because of how fragile our hearts can become if we’re not paying attention to our health.

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  2. He hosted “Meet the Press”, not Meet the Nation.

    He was a truly great political reporter. I watched him every week. R.I.P. Timmy.

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  3. Jason,

    thanks buddy. I fixed it. wrote too fast – i apologize.

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  4. Nice tribute Om :)

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  5. [...] GigaOM: RIP, Tim Russert. “Sundays will never be the same.” [...]

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  6. Well Said! As news/political junkie I agree that Sunday mornings or late elections nights will never be the same again. Tim and his classic whiteboard explanations – will be missed by me.

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  7. Alicia Nieva-Woodgate Saturday, June 14, 2008

    Well said, Om. Tim Russert exemplified all that is good about journalism – he was the epitome of journalistic altruism and integrity. He will be sorely missed, particularly during this historic election. I can only hope that up and coming journalists can leave the muckraking behind and take a page out of the Tim Russert school of journalism.

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  8. Tim Russert was the shit! He made the Sunday morning political TV circuit the highlight of my mornings. I will miss you!

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  9. Remembering Tim Russert as a true Journalistic Leader. Tim personifide the very definition of Leadership. That being the Art of influencing others to advance with cooperation and enthuasiam towards the accomplishnment of a single Journalistic goal or Broadcasting Mission.

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  10. I sincerely agree that Sunday morning will never be the same again. He was the pinnacle of his profession and left us way to early. RIP Tim Russert, I will pray for you and your family.

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  11. Really the first big regret of your life? You’re either a saint or boring…

    Please don’t let my snide comment take away from the fact that it’s very, very sad to see Tim Russert die so young. The world needs more journalists like him.

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  12. I’m from Buffalo, and Tim Russert was one of our proudest products. Being a journalist myself, he’s someone we always looked to for strength and answers. It’s a sad loss for the whole industry, and just makes you look at what is important in life…

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  13. [...] Malik, Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:11 PM PT Comments (0) The passing of Tim Russert, a man I greatly admired, came as the result of a massive heart attack, an event that cannot be [...]

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  14. [...] Malik, Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:11 PM PT Comments (0) The passing of Tim Russert, a man I greatly admired, came as the result of a massive heart attack, an event that cannot be [...]

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  15. Well said Nicole. Again Om, your balance of personal with professional shines through. I hope we can learn from you, as you did Russert…

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  16. Tim was a class act……….we will miss him dearly.

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