LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Comedian George Carlin, a
counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty
words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a
Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71.
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Tim Russert
“We were stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of Tim Russert. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, his son Luke, his father who we all have come to know as Big Russ, his extended family and all of his many friends and colleagues at NBC who have suffered a tremendous loss. Always true to his proud Buffalo roots, Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe to toe with him. In seeking answers to tough questions, he helped inform the American people and make our democracy stronger. We join his friends, fans and loved ones in mourning his loss and celebrating his remarkable contribution to our nation."
CNN and MSNBC suspended regular programming, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams devoted most of its broadcast to tributes from journalists and friends of Russert. Tributes have also been written by writers at many of the nation's leading newspapers and magazines, including U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Time, Reuters, Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Forbes, The Village Voice, and both of Seattle's dailies.
Russert is survived by his wife, Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, and their son, Luke, who had just graduated from Boston College. The family had just returned from a trip to Rome. Russert was 58. News reports indicate that he died of a coronary embolism, but an autopsy is pending.
Condolences to Russert's family, friends and colleagues.
I never cease to be amazed at our vacuous, vapid and venal purveyors of "information" and enlightenment: the media. In all its forms it fails us miserably. Individually there are a few decent examples of honest journalism. Keith Olbermann is not one of them, no matter how much in love with him progressives have fallen. Perhaps somebody should wake me when (and if) he proves why anybody should trust or respect him, ever again. There are, however, still depths to which he can and will sink:
There are severalarticulatewomen at Salon who are more than a little ticked at the way Clinton was treated during the primary season. Several more women who regularly post letters/comments at Salon have written that they refuse to fall in line and support Barack Obama for POTUS, for which many men are giving them great grief.
According to MyDD: Clinton will speak tomorrow, er, today! at Noon EDT (that's 9 a.m. for all of us on the "left coast"): It will be covered by all the cable news networks. CNN will start their coverage at 11 a.m. EDT.
She will be speaking at 12pm EDT at the National Building Museum, located at 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Maggie Williams sent out this email today: Hillary Clinton's web site will be covering the speech live (in case anybody wants to bug out of the media's version of "I come to praise Hillary, not to bury her.").
There is also a "Thank You" card campaign underway, but I haven't seen any publicity of this outside of Taylor Marsh:
We are trying to get a "Thank you card campaign" started. We want to flood Senator Clinton's DC office with thank you cards. On the front of the envelope we are writing "WE ARE ONE OF 18 MILLION" and we are asking her to take it to Denver. We want to reach as many supporters as possible so it can be effective. THE ADDRESS:
But before Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped forward to endorse Senator Barack Obama, which she is scheduled to do here on Saturday, they came together for a private reconciliation on neutral turf: the living room of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s home.
Early reports suggested that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were holding the session at her home on Whitehaven Street, in the shadow of the vice president’s residence. It took hours to determine that the meeting did not take place there, which injected a cloak-and-dagger-like element into the drama and set off a scramble for reporters to find the real secret location.
... Andrea Mitchell was still waiting at the Clinton house this morning... Ha! (a gracious hat-tip to Shakesville for this)!
I can't tell you how much satisfaction it gives me to know that a) Hillary (and Barack) ditched the media for their meeting; and b) Hillary seriously 'dissed MSNBC this week. It was the last cable news network to know that she would be suspending her campaign - noting the story about two hours after it broke on ABC's web page and at least an hour after CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown reported it. Even if Andrea Mitchell wasn't really still waiting, the point is made.
A male writer/journalist finally notices and comments on what women have been commenting on for months: MSNBC's media bias in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. Isaac Chotiner (The New Republic) has wandered into what appears to be new territory (for the pro-Obama crowd). He makes deeply intelligent observations about the "boys" pushing Hillary out of the race. Clearly this is breaking news: