Tim Russert, 1950-2008
Highlights from Slate's coverage of Tim Russert over the years.
Longtime NBC News anchor and political journalist Tim Russert died Friday, when he collapsed from a coronary embolism. In a 2000 "Press Box" column, Jack Shafer chronicled Russert's multiple violations of Voter News Service embargoes. In a 2003 column, Shafer offered five easy steps to beating Russert on Meet the Press. Mickey Kaus examined NBC's awkward coverage of the Valerie Plame scandal, in which Russert was involved, and Seth Stevenson covered Russert's appearance on the witness stand during the Scooter Libby trial. Last month, Shafer highlighted Tim Russert while discussing the media's "horse race" approach to coverage of the 2008 Democratic primaries.
Photograph of Tim Russert byAlex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press.