Thanks to Alexander Cockburn for speaking up about the real Tim Russert. I wanted to pass along a story about the 2004 interview with George Bush. The week before, I met Russert in Iowa. Everybody was fawning over him and he was lapping it up. I walked up to him and demanded, "When are you going to be as tough on a Republican guest as you are on the Democrats?" He said he always was. To which I replied, "Don't bullshit me, I watch the show. And you're not." As I say, the Bush interview was the next week, and was one of the toughest I'd seen for an Administration figure. It did make me wonder if our "chat" had anything to do with it.