Charles Krauthammer 1950 – 2018

The great Charles Krauthammer has passed away after revealing last week that he had cancer and just weeks to live.

Irwin Stelzer has an obituary at the WSJ.

Charles Krauthammer, who died Thursday at about 5 p.m. ET, announced his impending departure from this world in the straightforward, clear-eyed, elegant manner that fans had come to expect from him. The loss to America is dwarfed by the loss to his family and friends, but nevertheless it is enormous.


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25 Responses to Charles Krauthammer 1950 – 2018

  1. C.L.

    Sinclair: enough with the Merkel header already.

    [Just thinking that it was getting boring. Sinc]

  2. Carpe Jugulum

    A great intellect

  3. Tracey

    I only ever saw him a few times on one of the Fox news shows but he was brilliant and, in stark contrast to every lefty commentator I’ve ever heard, a gentleman to a fault.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Charles Krauthammer is much easier on the eye and the mind’s eye than the frumpy frau mutti Merkel. Rest in Peace, gone too young

  5. Sinclair Davidson

    I first encountered him in the late 1980s when Time Magazine used to publish his essays (once a month IIRC). Living the halls of residence almost everyone had a Time subscription – it was a way to guarantee getting mail.

  6. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    A good man and extremely tough.

    I didn’t even realism he was paralyzed until a few years ago.

  7. C.L.

    Interesting, Sinclair.
    In the same era I used to subscribe to Time, The Economist, BRW, The Bulletin, Policy (CIS) and Hansard (really). Amongst others. I don’t remember Krauthammer by name from that period but at that time the field was crowded (especially at Time and The Economist) with first-rate investigative columnists and essayists. It’s no surprise that he stood out in the current, stupid internet age.

  8. Frank

    Hansard is pretty tragic.

    Krauthammer was definitely one of the good ones. I remember seeing him talking about his time as a psychiatrist, apparently he got something into the DSM. Something or other with secondary mania.

    Shrinks tend to make good writers for some reason, Theodore Dalrymple is another.

  9. The Barking Toad

    Always enjoyed his clear unbiased comments on Fox.

    Sometimes didn’t necessarily agree completely with all his views.

    His views always reflected common sense.

  10. nilk

    I used to look forward to his columns in Time as well, and always enjoyed his commentary.

    He’s one of the few who I keenly feel the loss of. What an intellect. May he rest in peace forever.


  11. Zatara

    Krauthammer was one incredibly tough and brilliant bugger. Can’t say I always agreed with him but I always respected his opinion and the gentlemanly way he expressed it.

    For those who didn’t know, Krauthammer was paralyzed from the waist down in a diving accident in 1972 while a student at Harvard Medical School. He went on to receive his degree on time.

    In 1984, when Krauthammer was a staff writer at the New Republic, he told The Post that he didn’t like people to “make a big thing about” his disability. The interview, 12 years after his accident, was the first time Krauthammer spoke on the record about life as a paraplegic.

    “And the worst thing,” he added, “is when they tell me how courageous I am.”

    Krauthammer said in that long-ago interview that in the immediate aftermath of his paralysis, he thought, “The terrible thing is that people are going to judge me now by a different standard. If I can just muddle through life, they’ll say it was a great achievement, given this.

    “I thought that would be the worst — that would be the greatest defeat in my life, if I allowed that. I decided if I could make people judge me by the old standard, that would be a triumph, and that’s what I try to do.”

    Krauthammer’s example has long been an inspiration to never, ever, shy away from the challenge.

    A truly great man has passed and the world is lesser for it.

  12. OneWorldGovernment

    Steven Hayward at PowerPoint has a respectful comment as well.

  13. Egor

    A good man, alas, who never saw the necessity of Trump.

  14. tgs

    A truly great man has passed and the world is lesser for it.

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Vale Charles Krauthammer.

  15. Tropical

    Charles Krauthammer truly was a great man. He married an Aussie who has stuck by him through thick and thin..

  16. Rockdoctor

    Was one of the reasons I would tune into Fox News when he was on the Panel with Brett Baier. Can’t add anything to what has already been said to say that I enjoyed his very polite but astute pragmatistic style even when he was scathing of somebody it was still very polite. I have only ever seen one other person in my life with a similar demenour. Political discourse in the US is much poorer for his passing.

  17. None

    Even knowing it was coming doesn’t make it any easier. I rarely feel sad by the passing of someone I don’t know, but I do feel heavy knowing that Charles Krauthammer is no longer with us.
    A life lived with intention. Vale.

  18. In the same era I used to subscribe to Time, The Economist, BRW, The Bulletin, Policy (CIS) and Hansard (really).

    God love you, CL.

    RIP, Krauthammer.

  19. Delta A

    An extraordinary life; an extraordinary man.


  20. jock

    Watched him many times. A great communicator and with a lovely intellect. Didnt always agree with him but he was always graceful and polite. The US version of hendo.

  21. Tel

    A little bit too Neocon for my liking, but certainly intelligent and articulate. He could put together a proper explanation of what he was talking about, and avoided name calling and smears… bit of a dying art.

    Better to write for Fox than hit with bike locks.

  22. OldOzzie

    WSJ -Editprial – Charles Krauthammer
    His journalism was rooted in facts and principle.

    By The Editorial Board
    June 22, 2018 6:45 p.m. ET

    Many people in recent weeks have praised the character and contributions to American public life of Charles Krauthammer, who died Thursday at age 68. But allow us to add a few words about the way he thought and argued as a journalist because our republic could use more like him.

    Krauthammer arrived at journalism after stops in psychiatric medicine and political speech writing. Once he arrived at journalism, writing for the Washington Post, he was home. We emphasize his journalistic roots because his writing and later his commentary for Fox News embody the best traditions of a free press. He understood that his journalistic platforms were both an opportunity and an obligation.

    They gave him the opportunity to witness and influence the great events of his day, such as the Reagan challenge to Soviet Communism, the Iraq war during the Bush Presidency, the election of the first black U.S. President, and the tumultuous emergence of Donald Trump’s brand of populism.

    Today, everyone who has an opinion about anything can share it with the world on social media. Charles Krauthammer never forgot that he owed his readers and audience something more than on-the-fly opinion. When his admirers say he was learned, they mean that Krauthammer had deep respect for the importance of knowledge and facts. Any Krauthammer commentary was grounded in facts—whether the lessons of history, as in the Middle East, or the dynamic facts of a legislative struggle on Capitol Hill.

    A typical Krauthammer column or TV appearance was a reflection or judgment on fact-based reality. Which is to say, Charles Krauthammer was old school.

    What does that mean? It means that Krauthammer didn’t do snark and he didn’t sneer at opponents. He often looked impatient when others did. His humor was sly and never mean-spirited. He didn’t build his opinions out of emotional resentments. He wasn’t tribal. He refused to be any politician’s cheerleader. He was his own man.

    His readers and viewers liked that. No, they loved it. They loved him for being a trustworthy voice. He had credibility, and once he had it, he made sure he never lost it.

    Krauthammer did not shrink from promoting his convictions with clarity and firmness, especially in foreign affairs. He spoke often about the notion of American exceptionalism, which he called “a venerable idea.” His belief that America could be a force for good in the world was idealistic and practical. In a 2010 speech for the Fund for American Studies, he argued that World War II had left a vacuum, “which we had to fill to maintain liberty for ourselves and for the world.”

    Good and honorable journalism has lost one of its great practitioners.

    Appeared in the June 23, 2018, print edition.

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