Tim Russert: “Lantern-Jawed Tough Guy” Or “Beltway Cowardly Lion?”

By Brian 

Who is Tim Russert? Is he “the lantern-jawed tough guy many of us thought he was, the hard-boiled lawyer-turned-journo who hoists wayward pols on their own rhetorical petards? Or is he really just a Beltway Cowardly Lion who blows hard but allows his prey to wink and nudge their way out of tight spots with the nation’s future at stake?”

The Scooter Libby trial is calling his style into question, the LAT’s Scott Collins says.

Here’s his theory: Russert’s dispassionate temper “can make his approach look, after a while, less like real toughness than a facsimile of it.” More…