Unhappy news from NBC. Tim Russert has died. Initial reports had the veteran newsman falling victim to a sudden heart attack, but later statements are adding a question mark to that theory.
This is a great loss to the news media. Russert was even and dogged when interviewing politicians of any stripe. His Sunday show, Meet the Press, is required viewing for anyone trying to follow national politics and government affairs.
In an era of ever-increasing polarization and partisanship, Russert spoke from the center. He'll be missed.