Tim Russert Coverage: The Backlash Begins

Less than a day after Tim Russert died of a heart attack at 58, his life and death have received so much coverage that some bloggers-who need to have opinions on everything-are complaining about the coverage, and that, too, of course, is being covered. Both The New York Times and the Stranger focus on one particular note of dissension from John Cole of Balloon Juice. The rant, and a lot more Russert coverage, after the jump.

"MSNBC has been running nothing but a 5 hour (and presumably it will go until 11 pm or beyond) marathon of Russert remembrance. CNN has done their due diligence, and Fox news has spent at least the last half hour talking non-stop about him.But let's get something straight- what I am watching right now on the cable news shows is indicative of the problem- no clearer demonstration of the fact that they consider themselves to be players and the insiders and, well, part of the village, is needed. This is precisely the problem. They have walked the corridors of power so long that they honestly think they are the story. It is creepy and sick and the reason politicians get away with all the crap they get away with these days.

"Tim Russert was a newsman. He was not the Pope. This is not the JFK assassination, or Reagan's death, or the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. A newsman died. We know you miss him, but please shut up and get back to work."

Meanwhile, the LA Times is speculating about Russert's replacement and Media Bistro is reporting that, although "the moderator's chair will be empty" tomorrow's Meet the Press will be hosted by Tom Brokaw with guests Mike Barnicle, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Meet the Press EP Betsy Fischer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gwen Ifill and Maria Shriver.

More coverage: The NY Times' obituary, Salon, Slate, George Bush, a Chicago Tribune photo gallery, autopsy results from People, the Times' TVdecoder, video of Senator Amy Klobuchar calling Russert a national treasure, AP's video tribute, and a batch of other Russert links here.