Now thanks to the magic of the Internet's never ending series of tubes, you can relive that shocking and happy day when the wall finally fell. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw went to the former site of the oppressive cement figure over the weekend and filed a brief interview with Meet the Press' David Gregory last Sunday on the momentous anniversary.
As a way of honoring Tim, the Newseum in Washington will create a Tim Russert exhibit. The Newseum is a journalism museum, and the curators have come up with a unique way to pay tribute to Russert: they will re-create Tim's NBC News office as it was on the day he died, June 13, 2008.
Right now, it presents a rerun of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, but that's not how it's going to remain. Phil Griffin, MSNBC prez, would like to develop a new hour to go along with Countdown and The Rachel Maddow Show, and presumably build on the audience Olbermann and Maddow are generating.
Both shows returned to the airwaves Monday with new episodes. Both also had cable news celebrity cameos so big, no lightning fast news ticker announcing an accidental nuclear missile launch could draw your attention away from them.
The Daily Show returned with another appearance by CNN's gray-haired uber-anchor Anderson Cooper and an interesting interview with new Meet the Press moderator David Gregory. The Colbert Report picked up former Hannity and Colmes pushover Alan Colmes and wound things up with an interview with CNN reporter John King.
Apparently, some at NBC were miffed that this information was leaked last week, spoiling the big surprise today, but really, there wasn't much suspense. Joel wrote about it. The selection of David Gregory is a safe, solid and somewhat staid choice.
I saw Chuck Todd and His Goatee take a bigger and bigger role in the coverage, stepping into Russert's nightly role of presenting and analyzing the latest blizzard of polls to come out, and I thought he'd make an interesting choice for moderator. Then Tina Brown floated the idea of Rachel Maddow as moderator, and I was also intrigued, given her rise to punditry stardom and her surprising even-handed manner.
But, if a report from the Huffington Post is to be believed, Gregory will soon be named the moderator of the program. Which is too bad, because this gave NBC an opportunity to do something different.
Last week, Bob speculated about Ted Koppel joining NBC to anchor the show, and he was certainly be a credible choice. Tina Brown at The Daily Beast web site has another idea; she says that Rachel Maddow should take over Meet the Press.
My first reaction to Brown's idea was, "No, not Rachel." But that was just because I wouldn't want Rachel to give up The Rachel Maddow Show, her prime time MSNBC show. I enjoy her daily take on the world of politics. She's smart, insightful, a good interviewer, and despite her liberal leanings, surprisingly critical of the left. She could bring all the critical thinking to MTP.
Like I said, Brokaw is not in his element with Meet the Press. Fortunately, he's only doing MTP until after the election. I give him credit for stepping in when Russert died unexpectedly and there was a network crisis. However, looking to the future, NBC needs to find the right person to take the big chair. NBC News chief Steve Capus is reportedly thinking about a rotation of hosts, including Chuck Todd (NBC's political director) and David Gregory (host of Road to the White House, MSNBC).
The death of comedian George Carlin on Sunday was just as shocking -- and also attributed to a heart ailment -- but for Mr. Carlin there are many hours of his work available and relevant to rebroadcast. It'll give audiences a chance to re-appreciate his unique brand of comedy. In his long tenure with HBO, George starred in 14 comedy specials. Now, you'll be able to see a few of them one more time.
HBO is presenting a series of encore presentations, including his last concert, George Carlin: It's Bad for You, on Friday, June 27, at 9 o'clock (ET) on HBO (the main channel). The show debuted in March. But that's not all.
Steve Capus, NBC News President, made this statement about Brokaw's decision to step in: "To have someone of Tom's stature step up and dedicate himself to ensuring its ongoing success is not only a testament to his loyalty to Tim, but his enduring commitment to NBC News and our viewers."
After 21 years helming the program, Tom Brokaw retired from NBC Nightly News in 2004.
Tim Russert died of a heart attack last week on June 13th. He was 58.
[via Yahoo TV]
Think about it: he wasn't only the longtime moderator of Meet The Press, where he took the venerable show and rejiggered its format, making him the face of the show. He was also NBC News' Washington bureau chief and the main political voice for the network. "It's going to take four or five people to replace Tim," CBS' Bob Schieffer told The New York Times.
For now, though, the immediate question is who will replace him on Meet The Press. Speculation is already underway.
"Nip/Talk": Jason Jones filed a report about the importance of a presidential candidate's looks and ability to carry an interview. This started off a little weak, but I liked the Situation Room ending, if only for Wolf Blitzer's performance. Jones' sudden beard -- the rapid growth of which probably fueled by frustration -- was also quite nice.
I have a job for you. I know that it's Sunday, and you're probably sitting in your pajamas watching the hilarious antics of Meet the Press, and I know you're tired after Adam asked you to count all of the remotes on Saturday (I have about 10 in total). However, this is important. I want you to count the number of televisions in your house, apartment, or yurt.
Personally, we have four televisions at Keller Steading; one in the family room, one in the playroom, one in our bedroom and one in the room that used be my home office but has now become my (soon to be) three-year-old daughter's room. This was to avoid any murder between her and my 5-year-old daughter, whom she previously shared a room with.
The TV's in the family room and the playroom get used fairly frequently, although the one in the playroom is used mostly to play DVD's and videos of The Wiggles and Lazytown for the kids. The bedroom TV used to be run frequently until our twins were born last month. The least used television was the one in my home office, which was used on occasion to watch DVD's and play video games.
Add to that my desktop and laptop computers, which can be used to play DVD's and downloadable television shows from places like iTunes, and I have a total of six 'television screens' in total. This is coming from a person who had two televisions in his house when he was growing up: the big floor model that only had 13 channels and the black-and-white portable with the rabbit ears that was used when a storm hit and the cable went out.
So, how many televisions do you have, and do you think that it's too many? Include your computer monitors and laptops if you use them to view DVD's or downloaded television shows. Go ahead, I'll wait.
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