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Tony Blankley (1948-2012)
NewsBusters ^ | January 8, 2012 | NB Staff

Posted on 01/08/2012 2:33:47 PM PST by Brandonmark

It is with great sadness that we must report the loss of our dear friend Tony Blankley. Tony passed away Saturday after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Tony was a longtime friend of our parent organization the Media Research Center, serving as one of MRC's DisHonors Awards judges in the past few years. Tony's syndicated column was also published on NewsBusters.

Tony was a veteran warrior for the conservative movement having served as a speechwriter for the Reagan administration, as press secretary to Speaker Newt Gingrich, as editorial page editor for the Washington Times from 2002-2007, and as a visiting senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

He will be greatly missed by us and by countless others in the conservative movement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family and friends.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2012/01/08/tony-blankley-1948-2012#ixzz1iuKzC0TR


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blankley; conservatives; mclaughlingroup; tonyblankley; tribute; washingtontimes; wt
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I know the death notice was already posted, but I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Blankley several years ago (we sat at same table at a political event) and always found him very interesting. Hadn't seen him around lately, but did catch him on one of the talk shows just a couple of weeks ago & wondered why he had been off the air. RIP Mr. Tony Blankley
1 posted on 01/08/2012 2:33:58 PM PST by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

RIP...


2 posted on 01/08/2012 2:38:15 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Brandonmark

I am shocked by this news. I just saw him a while back on a news program discussion panel. I had no idea he was sick. What a terrible loss. This guy had some great insights. RIP.


3 posted on 01/08/2012 2:39:29 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Brandonmark

I missed the previous post, so thanks for this. I always enjoyed hearing his opinions and analysis.

Prayers for the comfort of his family.


4 posted on 01/08/2012 2:39:48 PM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: Brandonmark
Oh no...I had not seen this...so sad. Aside from being a really bright guy, he always struck me as just a nice, nice guy. I have missed him lately and will continue to do so.

RIP Mr. Blankley.

5 posted on 01/08/2012 2:40:46 PM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt! 2012)
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To: Brandonmark

Darn, he is a loss.


6 posted on 01/08/2012 2:41:46 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Me too. I remember seeing him recently, I dont remember where but it seems pretty recent. I had no idea he was sick. This is indeed terrible news. He will be missed. RIP


7 posted on 01/08/2012 2:42:24 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Brandonmark

Tony was a class act. My first recollection of him seems to be about the time of the ‘94 Contract with America. He may have been on the American scene before that, but I was not aware of him. If memory serves, I recall him being very fair and even-handed in his contacts with Newt and the Conservatives who were giving the ‘rats a fit back then.


8 posted on 01/08/2012 2:44:18 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Brandonmark

RIP. Tony was one of the good guys.


9 posted on 01/08/2012 2:44:39 PM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: Brandonmark

Another Anthony to be missed. So sad. May Mr. Blankley Rest In Peace and our prayers are with his loved ones. Prayers for Tony Snow’s loved ones too.


10 posted on 01/08/2012 2:47:02 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: JPG

Indeed, he was one of the good guys. I’ll miss him. RIP Tony and love and comfort to his family and friends!


11 posted on 01/08/2012 2:51:55 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Brandonmark
did catch him on one of the talk shows just a couple of weeks ago & wondered why he had been off the air.

That must have been the same show I saw. Wondered then where he had been but he looked a lot different. Now I know why.

RIP Mr. Tony Blankley

12 posted on 01/08/2012 2:53:07 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Brandonmark

R.I.P. Tony Blankley (1948-2012)
13 posted on 01/08/2012 2:57:43 PM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: NonValueAdded

My sentiments exactly.


14 posted on 01/08/2012 2:57:48 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Brandonmark

Wow. This is very sad news. RIP.


15 posted on 01/08/2012 2:59:25 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I’m thinking I saw him on Larry Kudlows program. I regularly watch that during diner.


16 posted on 01/08/2012 3:02:45 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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He was one of the good guys.

RIP....


17 posted on 01/08/2012 3:09:26 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Kirkwood

I am so sorry he is no longer with us. Tony’s passing is a loss to this world. However, he is in a place of peace and praise.


18 posted on 01/08/2012 3:10:06 PM PST by abclily
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To: Brandonmark

Wow! I didn’t even know he was sick. RIP Tony. Yours was a voice of reason in the chaotic world of politics.


19 posted on 01/08/2012 3:11:05 PM PST by Wolfstar (“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Brandonmark

This is a terrible shock!! I`m only learning of this now. Just damn... RIP Tony..


20 posted on 01/08/2012 3:11:52 PM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: Brandonmark

Tony Blankley was a keen analyst and a wonderful writer. On top of this, he promoted Conservatism from deep wellsprings. He will indeed be missed.


21 posted on 01/08/2012 3:12:20 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Brandonmark

A good man. May he rest in peace.


22 posted on 01/08/2012 3:14:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Brandonmark

I am saddened to hear this. I always liked him. He was one of my favorites. Gene Bartow, who was a basketball coach at Memphis State, UCLA and Birmingham, also died this week of stomach cancer. He was another one that I thought of so highly. RIP


23 posted on 01/08/2012 3:18:46 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: Brandonmark

24 posted on 01/08/2012 3:24:31 PM PST by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Brandonmark

Very stunning and sad news! RIP...


25 posted on 01/08/2012 3:25:28 PM PST by Bushbacker1
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To: Brandonmark

Very sad! I know I saw him not long ago on tv. (probably Fox) Prayers sent up for him and his loved ones.


26 posted on 01/08/2012 3:30:22 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: Brandonmark

RIP


27 posted on 01/08/2012 3:31:22 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: lonestar

I started worrying about Tony last year when it was apparent that he’d lost a lot of weight in a brief period of time. That’s never a good sign.

He was indeed one of the good guys, always a civilized voice in the debate and a very insightful analyst of the political scene. He leaves a void. RIP.


28 posted on 01/08/2012 3:31:50 PM PST by Argus
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To: Brandonmark

Rest in Peace, Tony.

Newt will win this for you, my friend.


29 posted on 01/08/2012 3:33:14 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Brandonmark

Did not see the earlier notice. An insightful guy. I always listened when he spoke.


30 posted on 01/08/2012 3:37:55 PM PST by LS
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To: Brandonmark

Tony was definitely one of the good guys.
RIP


31 posted on 01/08/2012 3:42:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Brandonmark

I, too, am shocked and saddened by this news.

Tony Blankley was one of the best spokesmen for conservatism.

He will be sorely missed.


32 posted on 01/08/2012 3:44:37 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Lancey Howard

RIP Tony!!


33 posted on 01/08/2012 3:45:09 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: Brandonmark

Oh NO! I loved to watch Tony...wherever he appeared, I’d be glued to the TV. So sad, and so sorry to hear the news. Prayers to his family, and may he rest with angels.


35 posted on 01/08/2012 3:48:03 PM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Brandonmark

Thanks for posting. WHOA! Condolences to Tony Blankley’s family and friends. R.I.P., sir.


36 posted on 01/08/2012 4:02:51 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Brandonmark

Tony. RIP. :(


37 posted on 01/08/2012 4:03:16 PM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: Brandonmark

RIP Mr. Blankley.


38 posted on 01/08/2012 4:13:24 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ScottinVA

Tony was always awesome, and in the glory years with his friend and mentor, Newt, he was great fun and incisive on issues.

It was a head’s up moment for us conservatives when Tony spoke. Shocked by the news. My prayers for Tony.


39 posted on 01/08/2012 4:15:23 PM PST by RitaOK (HIS FEAR FILLED ENEMIES PROVE HIS COMPETENCE and THEY ARE LEGION / Newt 2012)
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To: Brandonmark
Too young. I had no idea he was sick.

The Washington Times article is here:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/8/former-times-editorial-page-editor-tony-blankley-d/

R.I.P.

40 posted on 01/08/2012 4:17:42 PM PST by TChad
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To: Brandonmark

God Bless and may his soul rest in peace.


41 posted on 01/08/2012 4:30:12 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Brandonmark

One of my absolute favorites. I had noticed him around less and less but had no idea he was sick. RIP


42 posted on 01/08/2012 4:33:44 PM PST by riri
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To: Brandonmark

One of my absolute favorites. I had noticed him around less and less but had no idea he was sick. RIP


43 posted on 01/08/2012 4:33:44 PM PST by riri
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To: Brandonmark

RIP

I always enjoyed watching Tony on the McLaughlin Group.


44 posted on 01/08/2012 4:39:23 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: Brandonmark
Stunned by this news. May God comfort his family!

And knowing he is a devout Christian...welcome home Godly man! Welcome to eternal Goodness!

45 posted on 01/08/2012 4:40:10 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: Brandonmark

Great sadness...reminds of when lost Michael Kelly in early 2003. Kelly was the first American journalist killed in the Iraq war in a Humvee accident. Working for the Atlantic Monthly, Kelly had also served as editor of the New Republic and National Journal.

Two members of the Conservative Hall of Distinction.


46 posted on 01/08/2012 4:41:59 PM PST by CreviceTool ( Obama is standing above the country above above the world, he is sort of a God = Evan Thomas)
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To: Tucker39

You’re right - ‘class act’ is the term. Prayers for his family and loved ones... he’ll be missed.


47 posted on 01/08/2012 4:43:22 PM PST by GOPJ (Democrats are using immigration deliberately to change the electorate.. Freeper Williams)
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To: Brandonmark

Sorry to hear this. Tony was a very interesting guy, and he really had a way with words.

RIP, Tony.


48 posted on 01/08/2012 5:41:12 PM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum: He is a REAL Catholic.)
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To: Brandonmark

This man will be sorely missed. He was a voice for good, may he RIP.


49 posted on 01/08/2012 6:14:35 PM PST by kenmcg (How)
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To: Brandonmark

Very sad news. May God rest his soul, and comfort his loved ones.


50 posted on 01/08/2012 8:05:16 PM PST by Bridesheadfan
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