I suppose you could rationalize it by saying that we all should " only speak well of the dead," but I do agree. Russert--like virtually all of the MSM--rarely followed up with a challenge. There's just way too much fraternization between the press and the powerful. It's all one big cocktail party circuit; and so it's very difficult, if not impossible to be what the press is obligated to be--confrontational. Mencken said it the best: "A journalist should comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable."