As John Cole notes, the press is now taking their - understandable - shock and horror at Tim Russert's death and going into overdrive. I think Russert was better than the average journalist, but he was a journalist.

There was a major prison break in Afghanistan, huge floods in Iowa, and all other manner of chaos in the world. No industry loves to gaze at its own navel more than media, and while nobody is saying that Russert doesn't warrant coverage, and even some special coverage due to his unique place in the press and politics... some restraint, please.