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Happy Father’s Day…

Posted by James McPherson on June 13, 2008

… to all dads. Despite the price of gas, I’m off early tomorrow morning until Tuesday to spend a long weekend with my father and mother.

And speaking of fathers, perhaps no one better captured the importance of the relationship between fathers and sons than NBC newsman Tim Russert, who died yesterday. I’ve been watching and reading tributes to him from a lot of sources in media and politics. The question that keeps coming to mind–the one I like to think Russert would have asked–as I see people ranging from Keith Olbermann to half a dozen Fox News people comment on what a great journalist he was, is this: “If what Russert did was so great in terms of depth, fairness and journalistic integrity (and most of the time, it was), why don’t all the rest of you try harder to emulate him?”

Now that would be a proper way to honor the son of “Big Russ.”

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One Response to “Happy Father’s Day…”

  1. […] Utah Phillips and Dan Seals, journalists (defining the term broadly) Robin Toner,  Tim Russert and Tony Snow, pinup queen Bettie Page, and various newspapers. Many of my posts were less timely, […]

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