Tim Russert Adopts Democratic Complaint Bush First to Not Raise Taxes During War
From NBC, about 10:07pm EST, shortly after Bush completed his speech:
Brian Williams: “Tim, it's also been noted the President is known to be very frustrated at what he sees as a large part of the population in the country, and in that chamber tonight, that doesn't seem to agree with his message that this is a nation at war. He's expressed frustration over and over on that.”
Russert: “He has. Critics have responded by saying well, if that's the case, Mr. President, ask people for sacrifice. Democrats have pointed out it's the first war we've been involved in where the President hasn't raised the revenues or the taxes in order to pay for it. The deficits have gotten bigger.”
A 2002 Media Reality Check by the MRC’s Rich Noyes, “Bias Blind Spot for Meet the Press Host; One-Sided Questioning: Russert Pushed Both Friends and Foes of Bush Tax Cut to Suspend Its Benefits,” documented his crusade against Bush’s tax cuts.
Another 2002 report, “NBC’s Russert on Personal Campaign to Repeal Bush’s Tax Cut: 44 Questions This Year About Repealing The Tax Cut, Zero Questions About Accelerating Or Expanding It,” provided numbers.
Russert’s intensity on the issue may have diminished, but not his viewpoint.