Tim Russert was a giant overrated faggot. His gimmick was to smile smugly and read some shit off a paper that someone else who was not him had said, then wait for whoever he was interviewing to either shrug it off or trip over it.
If they stumbled, Tim would not let that shit go and take credit for calling them out on something someone else had called them out on at least a week ago. If they dodged the issue deftly he would just go "yeah whatever, moving on" and try to do it again with a totally different, unrelated quote.
What a wanker.