My, My, My ...
Timmy Russert has shuffled off to that big, beloved, bilious Buffalo in the sky.
I will, in all likelihood, do a Garlic Obit on this later, tomorrow, or at some point, however, we have to get this down now.
I had been working when the first NYT News Alert dropped in (Fri 6/13/2008 3:29 PM), with the startling news - "Tim Russert Is Dead of a Heart Attack, His Family Says".
Talk about it being Friday the 13th!
Since I had the television on, and tuned to MSNBC, I whipped around and they had some flood story on, then David Shuster came back and they went off into a political story (or vice versa) ...
Strange, I thought, that they weren't breaking with the news.
It must have been another 3+ minutes before the blaring graphics and fanfare of "Breaking News" filled the screen, and, while expecting Shuster to level with the news, low-and-behold, it was none other than retired anchorman, Tom Brokaw.
And I immediately began laughing, hysterically.
No, not at the news of Timmy passing away, but rather of the old Saturday Night Live skit, with Dana Carvey impersonating Brokaw, taping, one-after-another, breaking news notices on the death of President Gerald Ford (he hadn't passed away yet).
Unbelievably sublime ... And, hysterical
And here it is;
It's wall-to-wall tributes on the television, as well as out on the World Wide Web.
Will Bunch/Attytood: Tim Russert, 1950-2008
Wonkette: A Video Tribute To Tim Russert, Dead Today At 58
Greg Sargent/TPM - Report: Tim Russert Has Passed Away
Chris Cillizza: On Tim Russert
Andrew Sullivan: Big Russ's Son II
Mediabistro - Death of Tim Russert: CNN and FNC Report
Howard Kurtz and William Branigin: NBC's Tim Russert Dies at 58; Host of 'Meet the Press' Stricken While at Office
Skippy the bush kangaroo: tim russert dead, news lives on