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And the personal story segment tonight for those of you who might be joining us late.
The legendary NBC newsman Tim Russert died suddenly today of an apparent heart attack he was just 58 years old.
And Russert had blue collar roots but as the moderator of Meet the Press -- hundreds of Washington's most powerful movers and shakers.
And joining us now for a look back at restaurants career -- legacy John stack vice president news gathering here at Fox News.
John worked with -- Russert -- NBC for more than a dozen years and on the phone from North Carolina is Bernie Goldberg who spent years at the competition.
At CBS -- -- Bernie and John.
Horrible and -- night but it's great to have both of you with us.
John you work with him for all those years at NBC tell us about your working relationship with him and what have made -- different.
Up from all the other folks that you work went over the years.
I think that first thing that comes to mind is is disarming charm.
If you didn't know something he'd work overtime to learn it.
We work together a lot to -- obviously in addition to.
Meet the Press chores was the bureau chief in Washington so.
I was at that point -- life director of foreign news and NBC and we would come together arranging pools and to see what the capabilities are what they're not but.
The thing that comes to mind is -- working on and if he didn't know something he'd find out and about twenty minutes so all about it.
John do you try to make you into Buffalo Bills fan because that it always did that.
Now that I would never happen in -- I would joust by email on -- I'm a New York football giants fan and we share the same state and that's about it.
I Nellie I tease you about that I wanna go to Bernie Goldberg on the font.
Bernie I know that you interviewed Tim Russert.
-- for one of your books and then I would love for you to share some of your thoughts on Tim and maybe even read some of the wonderful passages.
-- -- This is hardly an original thought he was one of the good guys but the reason it was one of the good guys system simply because he knew his feet.
Better -- almost everybody else it was one of the good guys because he was there.
He was he was a blue collar guy who understood America.
A lot better.
And a lot of other people who work in journalism.
One of the things that he told me I I -- a long interview with them and published the entire I didn't want to take snippets outside publish the entire.
Transcript of the interview let me -- -- short segment here.
This was about the need for real diversity in the newsroom that goes beyond the -- we have now.
He said I'm all for hiring women in the newsroom and minorities in the -- I'm all for it it opens up our eyes and gives us a different perspective.
-- just -- well let's have people with military experience.
That kept people from all walks of life.
People from the top Echelon schools but people from junior colleges in the so called middling schools.
That's the rich pageantry of America -- a great believer in racial diversity.
And gender diversity.
-- she needed cultural diversity.
-- ideologue ideological diversity and many emphasized Laura you needed.
You know I've spent much of the day listening to his colleagues.
Say wonderful things about Russert and and I'm glad for every word.
But I wish his colleagues understood.
But what part of Tim Russert to.
Set that he knew that we needed.
All kinds of people in journalism because if we didn't have it.
We were gonna get one sided journalism we were gonna get people who brought their biases.
To the stories and being -- It didn't he went out of his way to fit to take a position to look at -- position and say this is how I feel about it and that is totally irrelevant.
That's what made them as important as he -- that can't spare.
John I want ask you about.
His style of interviewing and how he prepared for an interview because you look at that table at meet the press and he would have stacks.
Stacks of cards he clearly ahead you know -- things he was -- ready to go.
What went into his preparation which I think a lot of people in this business really really relished to see every -- that.
It is sometimes it's not very -- I think came out worked.
Is the people we interviewed.
You -- gonna beat him on substance and you weren't going to beat him on available data.
There might be a shrewd politician and had to turn a phrase that.
Could tell -- at least temporarily steer him away from a different subject but sure as heck -- get right back on track.
Him work each extremely hard we have to remember that he had a whole separate career prior to entering.
That journalist and broadcast business.
And he worked.
Very very hard he took over a third place interview show in Washington and made it -- premiere show that it is today.
I dare say with due respect to his predecessor.
Nobody knows who -- that Meet the Press before -- did.
Well gentlemen we appreciate on this very sad night.
I you're joining us thanks a lot.
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