Russert was my favorite journalist of the modern day. On Meet the Press he had a direct yet comfortable style; he was born for that job. Across the table he always asked the questions that everyone wanted to ask. I met his son, who has a show on XM with Tim’s colleague James Carville, when I guest-lectured a class at Boston College.
Carlin was a genius, a master wordsmith, one of those comedians who never got stale. It’s wacky that the week before he died Carlin joked with Seinfeld that celebrity deaths come in bunches, and because Russert and Bo Diddley had just kicked it, Carlin would be safe for a while.