Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert

"The tv news business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

Hunter S. Thompson

The host of "Meet the Press", Tim Russert died today, while on the job. He was only 58. It's a wonder that more of us journalists don't die at a sprightly age, clutching our chests while we do voiceovers in an edit bay. This business is tough; it takes a razor-sharp wit and and an iron gut and will to take it for too long. It's been driving me to drink and abuse myself this week -- as i've struggled to produce a bear of a show i never really wanted to wrestle. And i'm not even wrangling the big stuff -- like the big dogs like Russert, Brokaw and Anderson Cooper.

But there's another quote i like to remind myself of, when stuff gets tough around here. It's posted on the door to the garage that houses our live trucks, here at the station. It goes something like "Look up and Live. Come home alive tonight. Work safe and relax -- it's only television."

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