Carol Platt Liebau: What Lies Beneath

Sunday, September 24, 2006

What Lies Beneath

If there were anyone left who really didn't know where Tim Russert's political sympathies lie, it became patently clear today. Contrast the tone and questions of his deferential, softball interview with Bill Clinton to the style and tone of his Dick Cheney interview two weeks ago.


Blogger Editor said...

Clinton is a former president and Cheney has alot of mistakes to answer for. Such as using "Curve Balls" as a reason to send our troops into war.

Russert is very much a republican conservative but there is only so much he can do to hide Cheney's misleading and bad judgment without becoming a complete shill and discredited journalist.

Unlike you Carol, Russert does have a code of ethics as a journalist.

11:18 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

I haven't seen the Clinton interview, but having watched Russert several dozen times, my impression is that he is thoroughly prepared and polite, and that he holds everybody's feet to the fire.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

"Russert is...a republican [sic] conservative..." (Excuse me while I compose myself after rolling on the floor laughing.)

After Sen. Kerry said, during one of the debates before last election, that he'd promise not to raise taxes on anyone making over $200,000 a year, Russert criticized that promise.

After candidate George W. Bush mentioned Jesus during a debate, Russert wanted to know if non-Christians "...should feel excluded from [Bush] because of his allegiance to Jesus."

Russert also asked Bush whether he was concerned about his Christian views making "15 million atheists...5 million Jews...5 million Muslims, millions more Buddhists and Hindus...feel excluded" from his administration. After that debate, Russert asked Gary Bauer, "Every Republican debate seems to have discussion about abortion, gay rights, Jesus Christ. ...[A]re you concerned that many people in the country are watching that exchange and saying, ‘you know, that’s a little bit more about religion than it is about politics and that concerns me.’?"

Russert calls Sen. Lieberman a ...centrist, moderate Democrat." But Lieberman's ADA rating last year, according to the Washington Post was 80, hardly "moderate."

In 1996, NBC cut away several minutes into Sen. Hutchison's GOP convention speech and Russert cited a Democrat press release that said the convention was, "...[a] nasty, gratuitous attack[s] against the President of the United Sattes and mean-spirited." Russert then opined that Hutchison had given Democrats "what they wanted in order to respond in this way." (Let her speech finish, Tim, then let viewers make up their own minds as to whether Democrat press releases are accurate.)

Russert himself admits having been a top aide to the late Sen. Moynihan, D-NY, and having worked for New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, whom even former CNN anchor Aaron Brown called "...a liberal Democrat."

Russert may not be a Dan Blather clone, but he certainly is no George Will acolyte, either.

Russert naturally appears to be "conservative" when one is glancing his direction from the far left side of the liberal spectrum.

And last time I looked, "journalistic ethics" was the latest example Random House gave for the definition of "oxymoron."

5:33 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

"If there were anyone left who really didn't know where Tim Russert's political sympathies lie, it became patently clear today."
Could be rewritten as Tim Russert's political sympathies is there anyone further left.
Editor seems confused. Monica says former president made mistakes with a dress.

5:45 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

What editor wrote and what he meant:
Clinton is a former president and his excrement smells strictly of rose petals. Nothing wrong was ever done by him, and let no one suggest otherwise.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

eLarson is stilling focused on Clinton's penis.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...


4:24 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Editor said...
eLarson is stilling focused on Clinton's penis.
4:05 PM

Editor is clearly a master debater.

7:58 AM  

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