This morning, NBC News made the announcement that Tom Brokaw would host their Sunday morning program, 'Meet The Press' until the end of the year. A couple of weeks ago, the long time host of Meet the Press, Tim Russert, died suddenly. While few people are even on the short list to replace Russert, having Tom Brokaw sit in as host for the next six months will give the viewing public enough time to grieve the death of Russert and also give the new host of that show a fair chance of winning over an audience that loved Tim Russert like a member of their own family. Over the past week - friends, family and total strangers have been morning the death of Tim Russert. In what some people referred to as saturation coverage of Tim's death, all of the major television networks reported updates on what killed him as well as given a large amount of coverage to his memorial and funeral services.
Like most other American, I found myself in a state of shock when I first heard the news that Tim Russert had died. More than anything else, the fact that Tim Russert was only 58 years old is what caught some many people that have enjoyed watching him on television for years to shake our heads in confusion and disbelief at the news that he had passed away. The positive side of Tim Russert's death is that millions of middle aged Americans are now starting to look at their health in a totally different way. When a healthy man like Tim Russert can just fall over dead from a heart attack at age 58, the same thing could happen to anyone else, as well. Even after Tim Russert's death, he is still working his magic with the American people. Before Tim died, he helped all of us better understand politics and now after his death he is helping us better understand our own health.
Watching Tom Brokaw first announce the death of Tim Russert on NBC and then suffer with him as he hosted Meet The Press last Sunday and then speak at his dead friends funeral – it is crystal clear in my mind that Brokaw lost not only a good friend, but someone that was as close to him as a brother. For years, millions of Americans watched Tom Brokaw on the NBC Nightly News before his retirement. Then Brokaw wrote his best selling book called, 'The Greatest Generation'. That book is considered the 'gold standard' among many people at honoring the young men and women that their gave all to this country during World War II. Now Tom Brokaw is becoming this nations 'comforter and chief' as he helps all of us grieve the tragic loss of Tim Russert.
When Tom Brokaw retired from NBC, he and his wife moved to Montana to live out the rest of their lives. However, like with so many well thought out and planned retirements, Tom Brokaw is now finding himself back in the news business once again. Not because he needs to work because of financial reasons, but because he has found a way to honor his friend Tim Russert in a way that will help all of us get over his death in our own way. Everyone that has watched Tom Brokaw over the past week understands that he is a man that is suffering deep pain because of Tim Russert's death which makes Tom Brokaw the perfect person to host Meet the Press for the rest of this year. While no one could successfully replace Tim Russert as host of 'Meet the Press' right now, Tom Brokaw is the best transition person available on the planet for the next few months. While I am sure that Brokaw would rather be enjoying this summer in Montana, like on so many other occasions – Tom is more than ready to step up and do the right thing when it is presented to him.
Title: Brokaw Will Host 'Meet The Press' Through 2008
Written: June 22 2008
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