Posted by: Jon Fine on June 13, 2008
While making calls to confirm the swirling chatter that Tim Russert passed away today, I clicked on Wikipedia.
And, sure enough, there it was, revised at 2:01 PM Eastern time (7:01 Greenwich Mean Time, per the timestamp on the edit UPDATE 6/15: as commenter Jon points out below, 7:01 GMT is actually 3:01 PM Eastern time), right in the first sentence--well in advance of any other news outlet.
This is an old revision of this page, as edited by 220.127.116.11 (Talk) at 19:01, 13 June 2008. It may differ significantly from the current revision
Timothy John Russert, Jr. (born May 7, 1950 died June 13, 2008) is an American journalist who has hosted NBC's Meet the Press since 1991.
I didn't see this anywhere else online until around 3:30, at which point the Drudge Report linked to a brief New York Post item. The New York Times had it up at, I think, at 3:33--which, according to Mediabistro's TV Newser (disclosure), was six minutes before Tom Brokaw went live with the news on NBC.
Wikipedia, though? 2 PM. (UPDATE: 3 PM.)
(You can see the record of the Wikipedia edit change and timestamp here.)