NBC criticized on Tim Russert coverage listen06/16/08 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 nationâ€™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 Russertâ€™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 Russertâ€™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, â€œLessons of the Tim Russert coverage.â€ His column criticized the coverage on NBC and MSNBC this weekend of the death of former Meet the Press host Tim Russert.