Posted By LambChop
The American celebrity-obsessed culture is steeped with the constant bombardment of images and opinions of talentless celebrity hacks, who seemingly earn our trust and attention by virtue of their fame. But the real danger is this: they breed. And the fruits of their loins also become instant celebrities.
Case in point - Luke Russert. Luke is a darling little dough-boy, eager, affable and ready to hit the pavement with the other cub reporters. Sadly little Luke lacks the…nose, the gravitas, the perspective, the guts, and the savoir faire of his famous father, Tim Russert.
Tim Russert was an intelligent, hard-hitting-fair journalist. The last of the old school journalists who followed a personal code of journalistic integrity: remaining free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know. In Luke’s case, the apple seems to have fallen from the tree…and rolled down the street.
In a sweeping act of nepotism, Luke was hired by NBC –armed with his big boy pants, Sponge Bob lunch kit packed with some Kraft Lunchables, and a brand new Twitter account, the boy wonder went to work.
Fast forward to this week – the horrible tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing. The investigation unfolded into an hours- long chase and shoot- out with terrorists. These Chechen brothers were intent on robbing, hijacking and murdering innocent bystanders and police officers, despite their father’s reported statement that at least on of his sons was an “angel.”
Luckily, Luke Russert has been ON THE JOB. Reminiscent of the bravery of Peter Arnett and Bernie Shaw, holed in up in that fateful Baghdad hotel room during the Gulf War, Luke was chattering away on Twitter most likely from Starbucks (close to NBC HQ) sipping on his Venti Java Chip Frappuccino with 16 shots of espresso, caramel sauce, soy milk, matcha powder, vanilla bean, and strawberry syrup.
Initially Luke speculated on a connection between Waco and the bomb blast. Luke also reported that he was a Boston College graduate and did not hesitate to point out his insider knowlege of Boston customs and landmarks. Of course, he compared himself to Bernie Shaw of CNN during the Iraq War. Luke introduced us all to his deepthroat of sorts - his “buddy on the ground” - in Boston who was the source for many interesting details. Make no mistake, Luke Russert is in the fray, gathering every detail with a hard-hitting attitude - think Mr. Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Buddy on the ground says officials are clearing out packed bars and restaurants on Boylston St. Telling people to go home.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013
I was at Fenway Park w my dad and @mikebarnicle during Waco which was on Patriots Day in 1993. Speculating on possible link.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013
Smart move of #NHL to postpone tonight's Bruins v Senators game.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013
The Council on American-Islamic Relations calls on Muslims in #Boston to donate blood to "show of support for the bomb attack victims."— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013
Tonight, the new media world has made its mark. Like when Bernard Shaw stayed in Iraq for CNN during Gulf War 1.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 19, 2013
So the media staging area in #Watertown will be in the parking lot of a Target I frequented in college.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 19, 2013