Late Thursday afternoon, news broke of Charles Krauthammer’s death after a battle with cancer. While Krauthammer was a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize winner, Fox News contributor, and best-selling author, CNN host Don Lemon could not spare a single second of his two-hour show to the passing of the beloved pundit.
Noting the death of conservative author and columnist Charles Krauthammar late Thursday night, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams delivered an obituary that was positive overall, but was unable to resist laying blame for the Iraq War at the feet of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.
Sad news on Thursday as word came that longtime conservative columnist and Fox News regular Charles Krauthammer has passed away. Krauthammer announced on June 8 that he only had a short time left to live, due to a recurrence of cancer. In 2013, the Media Research Center awarded Krauthammer the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence, and he spoke at our annual Gala on September 26 of that year.
It didn’t take long for condolences to come pouring in from people across the political spectrum and throughout the media. Even with such short notice, both CBS and NBC ran news briefs on their evening programs reporting his passing. But ABC was the lone broadcast network to skip Krauthammer’s passing. And The Washington Post, where he wrote for decades, published an obituary that partially blamed him for the Iraq War.
WASHINGTON — On Friday, Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative journalist and writer, released a noble statement to the public. Its final words were: “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life -- full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. I do not know Charles Krauthammer well, though we would occasionally see each other at Fox News when I worked there and at Washington Nationals baseball games. Others have commented on his brilliance, his dry wit and his skill at deconstructing arguments made by his political opposites.
Near the end of Thursday’s Special Report on the Fox News Channel, conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer fired back at USA Today writer Susan Page touting Democratic boycotts of the Trump inauguration as “pretty powerful” by exposing this massive media double standard if the party roles were reversed.
The United Nations voting again to punish Israel -- with the assent of the Obama White House -- put Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer is a sour mood. On Monday night’s Special Report, substitute host Doug McKelway pointed out that Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted the U.S. government shouldn’t fund the UN until this vote is reversed.
On the Tuesday edition of the Fox News Channel’s Special Report, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and the show’s “All Star Panel” collaborated for a thorough trashing of the news media for their “sick, twisted,” and “ridiculous” narrative that the Electoral College could stop Donald Trump from becoming president.
American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan participated in the Friday edition of the Fox News Channel’s (FNC) Special Report and lamented the burdens that were placed on President Obama due to his race and complained that “every time he speaks about anything on race, the right comes up and jumps him.”
On Wednesday one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin, testified in a sworn deposition to Judicial Watch about Clinton’s use of a private E-Mail and server, as a part of an ongoing lawsuit. That evening, two of the “big three” networks were silent about the testimony and the latest batch of E-Mails. On Special Report, Fox News’ Bret Baier read some of them, “Hillary to Huma, “Let’s get separate addresses or device. But I don't want to risk— any risk of the personal being accessible.””
Manipulating video to hide the truth seems to be all the rage in politics these days and so is the liberal media’s refusal cover it. “President Obama's State Department is admitting tonight that it deliberately edited out of its video records an exchange between our Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen and the department's then spokeswoman [Jen Psaki],” reported Fox News’ Bret Baier, Wednesday evening's Special Report. And all evening news broadcasts from the big three networks completely ignored it.