Charles Krauthammer, a conservative commentator and Pulitzer prize-winner, dead at 68

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The memory of the legendary Charles Krauthammer

Fox News journalist, Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times best-selling author, only scratch the surface, describes the life and career of Charles Krauthammer. A look back at the life and career of the most prolific political legend.

Charles Krauthammer, a long-time Fox News contributor, Pulitzer prize-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who was known as the Dean of conservative commentators, died Thursday. He was 68.

His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers at 8. June, said among other things “I was uncharacteristically quiet these past ten months. I had thought that the silence would soon come to an end, but I’m afraid I have to tell you now that the fate has decided a different path for me…

“Recent studies have shown that the cancer has returned. There were no signs of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreads quickly. My doctors tell me, your best estimate is that I live only a few weeks. This is the final judgment. My fight is over.”

In the last few years, Krauthammer was the shows best known for his nightly gig as a Panelist on Fox News’ “special report with Bret Baier,” and as a commentator on various Fox news.

After the news of the death of his “good friend” Baier posted on Twitter, “I’m sure you will be the owner of the panel discussion, in the sky, too. And we will make sure that your wise words and thoughts – living your legacy here.”

R. I. P. good friend. I’m sure the owner of the panel discussion, in the sky, too. And we will make sure that your wise words and thoughts – your legacy live on here @krauthammer

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) June 21, 2018

Brit Hume, senior political analyst on Fox News, also tweeted about the “terrible sad news.”

“The great Charles Krauthammer has died,” he said.

Terribly sad news. The great Charles Krauthammer has died.

Brit Hume (@brithume) June 21, 2018

But Krauthammer was probably a man of the Renaissance, the writing achievement of the championship in such disparate fields such as psychiatry, speech, print journalism and TV. He won the Edwin Dunlop award for excellence in psychiatric research and clinical medicine. Journalism awards including the Pulitzer prize for Commentary for his Washington Post columns, in 1987, and the National Magazine Award for his work at The New Republic in 1984. His book, “things that matter: Three decades of passions, pastimes and politics”, became an instant New York Times bestseller, remaining in the number one slot for 10 weeks, and on the coveted list for almost 40.

Krauthammer delivered his views in a mild-mannered, yet stable and almost philosophical style, befitting his experience in psychiatry and detailed analysis of human behavior. Based on the background, Krauthammer said, in the year 1990, after the fall of the Berlin wall, the end of the Cold war, had the power of bipolar to “unipolar”, with the the United States as the sole superpower. He also coined the term “Reagan doctrine”, among others.

He pointed to baseball is also a blatant love. Nationals Park held a moment of silence, before his beloved Washington Nationals played a home game there Thursday night.

Moment of silence for @krauthammer @nationals Park tonight

— David Nakamura (@David Nakamura) June 21, 2018

Krauthammer had no pangs of conscience about those calls in power, whether Democrats or Republicans, or conservative.

During the Democratic National Convention, he lack of substance attacked in the build-up to the nomination of Hillary Clinton.

“For the chaos abroad, the Democrats are in see-no-evil denial. The first night in Philadelphia were there to talk 61. Not a mention of the Islamic state or terrorism.”

“In this crazy election year, there is no straight-line projections,” he said, adding with foresight, “As Clinton Philadelphia leaves her life-long drive for the ultimate prize is dangerously close to a coin toss.”

At the same time, Krauthammer was quick to Express disagreement with the President, Donald Trump in no uncertain terms.

He condemned Trump’s handling of the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va. Protests against the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, which is to say that the majority of Americans were “extremely outraged right-wing white supremacist, neo-Nazi groups.” Krauthammer said that Trump say, the failure is too strong against the all-powerful group, and that both sides in the protest shared debt “a moral disgrace.”

The man wore a lot of hats, figuratively, throughout his life — excellence just about everything he tries, even if he was still a rookie in new directions, and if the curiosity or instinct suggested.

Krauthammer intellectual heft to resist the ability to be open and funny about his quirks.

“Everything I’ve gotten good to go, I announced the next day to do something else,” he laughed in a 1984 interview with The Washington Post.

Krauthammer is now a strong personal Constitution, which determined it held and resilient, even in the case of exceptional physical limitations.

He spent most of his life in a wheelchair, is the result of a snap decision to go — when he was 22 years old and in the first – year student at Harvard University, for a quick swim with a friend prior to a planned game of tennis.

“We go swimming, we make a few dives and I hit my head on the bottom of the pool,” he said in a Fox News special in 2013, looked at his life. “The amazing thing is, it’s a cut was not even on my head. It is only hit with precisely the angle where all the power was transferred to a…the cervical spine, severed the spinal cord.”

Unable to move, and knew a time when his studies are done, the focus is on the spinal cord, Krauthammer immediately that the consequences of the accident would be severe.

“Two books were on the side of the pool, if you took my effects,” he recalled. “One was ‘The anatomy of the spinal cord” and the other [was] ‘man of destiny’ by Andre Malraux.”

A life-long opponent of being stereotyped in any way, Krauthammer was not going to let go in a wheelchair to see him.

“I don’t like it, if you make a big deal about it,” he told the Washington Post. “And the worst is when they tell me how brave I am. This is driving me crazy.”

“That was the one thing that I am already very early,” Krauthammer said. “The first week I thought the terrible thing is that people are going to judge me now of a different standard. If I muddle through just by living, you are going to say, it was a great performance, in the face of this.”

“I thought that would be the worst of it, that would be the biggest defeat in my life-if I may. I decided if I could make people judge me by the old standard, that would be a triumph, and that is what I try to do. It seemed to me to live is the only way.”

As soon as he could after the accident, Krauthammer forged ahead with his studies, finishing medical school and going to a three-year residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he wrote about a condition he called “secondary mania”, the wide recognition.

Then Krauthammer realized his heart wasn’t really in health care, and after go to Washington DC and make a few connections, he landed as a speechwriter for Democrat Walter Mondale during Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign.

Later, as a writer for The New Republic, Krauthammer, a self-proclaimed Democrat, showed the kind of willingness to criticize political leaders, regardless of their party.

“I am very unhappy with the Democratic foreign policy,” he told the Post. “And I am very dissatisfied with the Republican domestic politics.”

“If I have to choose between Republican foreign policy and Democratic foreign policy, I would choose the Republicans. This is not to say that there is a lot of that in it, I don’t think that is wrong, but you have done certain good things in foreign policy.”


Tucker Carlson praises the clarity of Krauthammer think

For over a decade, Krauthammer Fox News, drawing praise from conservative, moderate and liberal for his thoughtful and carefully came in remarks framed.

New York Times columnist David Brooks calls him “the most important conservative columnist.”

If his book has been a fixture in the New York Times best-seller list, Newsweek observed: “those who try to make sense of the rise of the conservative movement, Krauthammer’s success is a triumph for the moderate, smart conservatism.”

Krauthammer politely, the awards played down.

“I don’t know if I have influence,” he was quoted saying, in “I know there are people who read me, and people who make decisions, to read what I write and you can be affected…my role is to challenge you, but people don’t come to me on the street and say, ‘I used to be a liberal, until I read it.'”

“My goal is to write something parents will clip and send their children to school.”

Charles Krauthammer was born in New York in 1950 and grew up in Montreal, steeped in the Jewish faith.

His father, Shulim Krauthammer, was Austro-Hungarian, and his mother, Thea, was born in Belgium. His parents met in Cuba.

Before you go to the Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer McGill University, and Oxford attended, where he met his wife, Robyn.

They had a son, Daniel. Both his wife and son survived him.

In spite of his busy professional life, Krauthammer baseball and chess, enjoyed, and his family is a priority.

He often spoke of growing up in a happy, close-knit family, and told proudly of his wife and son.

Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for and can be reached at You can follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.


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