Russert and Moynihan
Tim Russert was so good at reporting on politics because he came from the world of political operatives. Senator Chuck Schumer recalled in the New York Post that Russert insured Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan?s reelection when he leaked information about the falsification of Congressman Bruce Caputo?s military record. What Schumer didn?t report was that I gave the information to Tim after Caputo took on the political consultants for Senator Al D?Amato who had opposed Caputo?s Senate candidacy two years earlier when I supported Caputo. Russert was hard-nosed and had perfect understanding of the news cycle. The insights he brought to his reporting and questioning could only have come from someone who had played the game and played it well.