Well, shit – he was my hands down favorite on Fox

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer.

The 68-year-old’s incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live.

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14 Responses to Well, shit – he was my hands down favorite on Fox

  1. Boomer says:

    He will be greatly missed. He was quite brilliant

  2. bocopro says:

    Always liked to catch Bret Baier’s hour ‘cause Krauthammer could be depended upon to provide a blurb that kicked down the doubletalk door and blew the dust and cobwebs away from the stale old arguments.

    I tended to agree with at least 90% of what he said . . . not all, but ve-ry close. Here are a few I remember – not all true quotes, but the meaning is honest and accurate:

    In trying to figure out what’s wrong with Washington, some people have a hard time deciding between conspiracy and incompetence. Well, ninety percent of the time, it’s just incompetence, usually fed by greed, or ignorance, or both.

    He also said that the UN is a constant and global source of conflict and the world would be better off without it. (He never provided, at least not that I heard, an alternative for it.)

    LOVED the one about Obama in which he said the guy started out as a charismatic outsider with bold new ideas and began immediately transforming himself into an ordinary politician, a well-educated man of good intelligence, decent intent, and questionable character. (Sounds like somethin P.J. O’Rourke might say.)

    This one is a quote: “I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix.” (And that one is Reaganesque.)

    And of course there’s the Krauthammer condensation of campaigning:
    “Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.”

    Adieu et merci, Doctor. Muchly appreciated.

  3. mrgarabaldi says:

    Hey Kenny;

    Yeah he will be missed, he was a class act. He used wit and logic to skewer the other side of the aisle and he was so polite and respectful that even the left had a hard time giving his gratuitous crap.

  4. Chish says:

    One of my favorite guys to watch when I used to watch Fox, especially when he’d verbally slap Bill Kristol around.

  5. Leonard Jones says:

    While I did not agree with all of his opinions, he was one of the brightest and most
    articulate conservative intellectuals in America. I will miss him!

  6. 1980XLS says:

    Amazing life that guy had.
    Finished college and became a doctor from his bed, after after becoming paralyzed breaking his neck in diving in a swimming pool.
    Overcame so much adversity, yet never complained, nor felt sorry for himself.
    Class act he is.
    He will be missed.

  7. nwoldude says:

    A rarity. An intelligent journalist.

  8. RWC says:

    I used to see him a lot during lunch as he worked in the building next to mine. Haven’t seen him in a good while. Sad news indeed.

  9. Andrew says:

    And he will go down swinging to the end. God speed, Sir. God speed.

  10. Ranch says:

    A real shame. He is brilliant.

  11. pigpen51 says:

    This is about the only place I can think of to add my sadness at his pending loss. He has the rare quality of being able to tell a liberal just where they are wrong, and not have the liberal able to yell at him, because of the intelligence of his reasoning. I seriously doubt that at his passing, you will find anyone in Washington who will say a bad word about him. He is the kind of person who doesn’t change with the changing direction of the prevailing wind. I have missed him for these last 10 months, and will miss him going forth. But he is facing this with courage and strength. Typical of him.

  12. Kenny the Scot says:

    Even over in the UK, he was known. I used to enjoy watching him on the news, when I had the full satellite setup.

  13. MT says:

    Once in a generation we are blessed with a soul like his.
    Godspeed, Dr. K.

  14. Paulie says:

    He is/was the only guest that O’Reilly wouldn’t interrupt, which tells you all you need to know about the guy. Sad.

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