Media, Politics

We Lost One of Our Best: RIP Charles Krauthammer

Whether you agreed or disagreed with the Pulitzer Prize winner most of the time or never, Charles Krauthammer was a rare breed for modern American media.

Instead of dramatics and catchphrases, he was all elegance and analytics.

Beyond his professional life in journalism and the media writ-large, Charles — a paraplegic from a diving accident just days before entering Harvard Medical School –didn’t merely graduate at the top of his class

He also rejected his psychiatric field only to join what some of us would regard of the same leftist ilk — the American media.

A liberal who evolved into a Reaganite, Krauthammer coined ‘The Reagan Doctrine’.

May he rest in peace as his legacy lives on.

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When you call someone the greatest at anything, you risk being accused of foolishness or worse; but it’s safe to say that Charles Krauthammer, who passed away Thursday, was the greatest political commentator of our time.

I write this not just because he won the Pulitzer for commentary as a conservative, a near Herculean task.  And I say this even though I sometimes disagreed with him, especially lately. Whom do we not disagree with at one time or another — even ourselves?

I write this because Krauthammer was the gold standard of columnists, the most incisive mind in political journalism augmented by the most elegant and precise prose. For much of his life, no one was even close.  In recent years, others have stepped forward as Charles had, as happens after many years in the limelight, more difficulty wrapping his mind around contemporary events.  But as we now know, he was desperately ill.

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