Pardon me for seeming insensitive. I hope by now you know I am not an insensitive person. People are expressing shock, grief, and deep sorrow over the death of US media personality Tim Russert, and I cannot for the life of me understand what all the fuss is about.
People die every day. Did this man actually mean something to everyone, was everyone actually emotionally attached to Tim Russert that they are so blown away by a man's sudden heart attack?
If you knew someone personally, of course you are upset at their death.
If you were very attached to someone's work, such as an artist or musician or political figure who meant a lot to you, yes, of course.
But a news commenter? A corporate media pundit?
It's sad for his family and friends, but many families lost people today, and the day before, and tomorrow, and the day after that.
What's more, people are acting like Russert was the second coming of Edward R. Murrow or Nellie Bly. Tim Russert was on the front lines of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld's propaganda team, selling the invasion of Iraq. He was one of the many who gave Bush the candidate a free ride while treating bogus accusations like "swift boats" as fact. He was one of the reasons the US media is in the shape it's in. To anyone who cares about good journalism, he should not be missed.