This is probably not the most politically correct thing to say, but it’s time for MSNBC to get back to the business of delivering the news and stop wallowing in its memories of Tim Russert.
Russert died suddenly Friday and the world of journalism was understandably stunned. One of its giants, a man only 58 years old, was gone. But the public grief and rending of cloth and hours of reminiscing with clips and sound bites has continued seemingly non-stop since then. Russert was loved and respected by many, many people, but he was a journalist, not a national hero, not a head of state.
It’s time for the public mourning to stop. It’s getting maudlin and maybe even a little self-serving by those likely to take his place. Let it go, people, let it go. Even Russert would probably tell you, it’s time to get back to work.
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