Luke Russert To Appear On Monday’s Today Show

FishBowlDC: Tim Russert’s son, Luke, is scheduled to appear on NBC’s ‘Today’ show program tomorrow morning (sometime between 7 and 7:30 a.m.) to discuss his father’s passing

You’ll recall that Luke vacationed in Italy with his father and mother (Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth) just days before Tim’s death from a heart attack Friday. The vacation was, in part, a celebration of Luke’s graduation from Boston College.

As much of the coverage of Russert’s passing and legacy has indicated, Luke and his father shared a close and treasured father-son relationship.

‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer will conduct the interview via satellite, with Luke appearing from Washington, D.C.

  1. The coverage of Tim Russert’s death was often overblown, self-congratulatory and self-indulgent.

    Tim Russert was, shall we say, not a very popular while he was alive, he was routinely castigated as a Bush lapdog.

    “I now know more about the pompous king maker Tim Russert than I do many members of my family.”

    After Russert’s shocking death Friday at age 58, television kept serving up witnesses to his expertise, intelligence, diligence, kindness, faith, love of family, Buffalo and the Buffalo Bills.

    Is the grieving process going on TV? On 06.16.2008 “Today,” Matt Lauer interviewed Russert’s son, Luke. The show basically gave over the first half-hour to the Russert story. I am shocked at the publicity tour of Tim Russert’s grieving son.

    Presidential candidates aren’t questioned at such length on morning programs. The self-indulgence was breathtaking.


    — Leland Milton Goldblatt, Ph.D. ®
    Distinguished Professor

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