After watching today's broadcast of Meet the Press, and the warm remembrances during it, I stood in the kitchen reflecting on a man that I never knew.
Tim Russert, as Rush Limbaugh properly put it, was one of the few examples of journalistic objectivity in the media. That was a paraphrase of Rush; I can't remember his exact words.
I watched "Meet the Press" nearly every Sunday with my father. Although I was generally dismayed at the leftward tilt of the panels Russert had on his show, he himself was generally as objective as he could be, and I appreciated that. Despite whatever beliefs he held (and I do not know what they were), professionalism and objectivity came first.
In a world full of self-aggrandizing "journalists," who pat themselves on the back, while simultaneously bashing conservatism, Russert set himself apart as someone who was really objective.
As a man who authored books on the relationship between father and son, Tim Russert held a place in my mind as something only found in the relationship between me and my dad. The sound of Russert's voice will always take me back to my home, on a Sunday morning. Those mornings spent with dad, watching the "Talking heads."