Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Russert's Overcoat

Here's another, in my view, accurate assessment of Russert and what his death means:
Dostoevsky said that all Russian authors came out from Gogol's overcoat, and clearly legions of cable news hosts have come out from under Russert's. Whatever limitations there are to his approach, it's unlikely his successor will improve upon them. Rather, we'll probably get more of what much of television news already is -- broadcasting a la Russert, but without the full measure of skill and commitment of the master himself.
Matthew Ygelesias in Goodbye to the Master (in The Atlantic)

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