If Luke Russert wasn’t the son of the late Tim Russert, there’s not much chance he would be a Washington correspondent for NBC News. At least not yet.
The younger Russert was just 22 years old when NBC hired him in 2008 soon after the sudden death of his father, the long-time host of “Meet The Press.” To say the kid was green is putting it mildly. His principal media experience was as co-host of a sports talk show on radio.
But, hey, he was Tim Russert’s son. And besides, the network was eager to connect with younger consumers of political news.
So far, young Luke has not exactly distinguished himself in his big-time gig. He’s known for stupid questions — like when he asked Nancy Pelosi if she isn’t too old to maintain her party leadership post in the U.S. House — and his attempts at insightful analysis are pitiful.
Then, too, junior is sometimes overly eager to ascribe false equivalencies to political disputes.
Consider, for example, THIS SITUATION:
NBC News correspondent Luke Russert on Wednesday asserted that “it’s actually really true” that a Republican attempt to stop President Barack Obama from playing golf “looks bad on both sides.”
Earlier this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) had proposed an amendment to ban the president from playing golf until he resumed tours at the White House that had been canceled to prevent Secret Service furloughs due to automatic budget cuts in the so-called sequester.
“Doesn’t this reveal the petty and personal nature of Republican opposition to this president?” MSNBC host Martin Bashir asked Russert on Wednesday.
“Well, I think it reveals a sort of pettiness on both sides,” Russert opined.
“How is it petty by the president to apply the sequester since it’s something that he didn’t want but it’s been imposed?” Bashir pressed.
“Because the idea, Martin, is by putting that forward that there would be no more tours of the White House, who does that stick it to? That really sticks it to rank-and-file congressmen, who ordinarily would promise those types of tours to their constituents,” Russert insisted.
“It sticks it to the public!” Bashir shot back. “And it’s the public who are being injured by the sequester.”
“The public gets those tours through their congressman,” Russert continued. “If you look at it from the abstract, if you’re sitting in the middle of America tuning in at night, you’re saying, ‘Why are they fighting about who can tour the White House. We can tour the Capitol.’”
“It looks bad on both sides. I think it’s a pox on both their houses, which is a thing that we’re never supposed to say these days because it’s an easy way to get out for the media. But in this case, it’s actually really true.”