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Respectfully, your comments regarding the breadth of the coverage of the Russert death are without base. The fact is Russert was a TV, political and journalism icon. Even competitors place him in the heirarchy of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite in journalism. An old Washington hand, Sally Quinn of the Washington Post and a doyenne of DC society, stated that no one in journalism had more sway politically inside the beltway than Russert. As for his television impact, in 2001 when Russert signed a new contract that would have him host MTP through 2012, it was estimated that MTP brought 50 million dollars annually to the GE bank. Further, all critics agree he revolutionized Sunday TV from a sleepy "throwaway" time period to one that has all the broadcast and cable nets jockeying for both revenue and respect. Finally, the shocking nature of his death at a young age, as opposed to Mr. McKay's passing which was not unexpected, made it a compelling news story. It was in all respects, therefore, a major news event that warranted the coverage it received.
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