NBC criticized on Tim Russert coverage

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A public wake for former NBC newsman Tim Russert will take place tomorrow afternoon at St. Albans School in Washington, with a private funeral mass and burial scheduled for Wednesday morning. A private memorial service, to be televised live on MSNBC, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

All of the nation’s Sunday morning news programs mentioned the death of Russert, who died Friday afternoon of a heart attack.

MSNBC went all night long on Friday in covering Russert’s death, and NBC news devoted its entire newscast and a separate hour in prime time Friday night to mourn his death. The coverage continued this morning with Russert’s son Luke interviewed live on the Today Show.

To some Television critics however, the coverage has been a bit too much.

Hal Boedeker, TV critic for the Orlando Sentinel, wrote an online column today entitled, “Lessons of the Tim Russert coverage.” His column criticized the coverage on NBC and MSNBC this weekend of the death of former Meet the Press host Tim Russert.

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