With Weeks to Live, Charles Krauthammer Posts Farewell Column
Our journalist, Frank Kineavy, helps us understand Krauthammer's legacy — and what a powerful role model he is to everyone excelling in their career (who has a disability).
For nearly 30 years Charles Krauthammer has been one of the most stoic and prolific political commentators of his time. First a columnist at the New Republic and the Washington Post, later a talking head for Fox News, this conservative pundit has gained national admiration for his ability to express his opinion in an unapologetic yet dignified manner.
Unfortunately, his life is on its concluding paragraph ... Krauthammer, who was thought to have beaten his bought with cancer, is on his last breath with only weeks to live.
I was a freshman in high school when I first started paying attention to cable news. I soon became aware of what most Americans have known for a while ... cable news is not created equal. What I was hearing on MSNBC I was not hearing on Fox. What Larry King chose to report on was not what Sean Hannity chose to report on. Then I listened to Charles Krauthammer. Even though anyone who watched or read him could easily tell which side of the aisle he was sitting on, he had an ethical and professional manner to his work that many of his cohorts lacked. It was not until after college did I learn not from him but from my father that I shared something with Krauthammer ... we both have a disability.
As a young professional with a disability I often wonder if I will be able to have the career I desire because of my disability. Krauthammer is a man who has reached the top of his profession doing what he was meant to do despite an accident while in Harvard medical school that left him paralyzed.
When I was asked to write this article I did what any writer would do ... Google him. I was specifically trying to find his thoughts on his disability and it took me a while to find something. This reminded me I have never seen Krauthammer in a wheelchair. He is always at the desk or the camera would have a close up of him that cut off his lower half. Even though this is not uncommon in the world of television I wondered why. Is it Fox confirming what most of their critics believed ... that they are old white conservative bigots who are resistant to change, or was it the subject's wish?
We may never know, but there are two works that each support a side. One is a quote by Krauthammer on his disability. "That was the one thing that bothered me very early on," Krauthammer told The Washington Post. "The first week, I 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. It seemed to me the only way to live."
The other is an opinion piece Krauthammer penned for The Washington Post 22 years ago on the new monument for the lone president who was confined to a wheelchair and the only president to serve three terms, Franklin Roosevelt. The piece is centered around Krauthammer's observation that the monument failed to depict him in his wheelchair. He went into great detail about FDR going out of his way, maybe even to the edge of denial, to not be photographed in a wheelchair.
"When a man has more than 35,000 pictures taken of him, of which exactly two — two! — show him in a wheelchair, you don't need to be a psychiatrist to figure that something more than political calculation is at work here ... whenever FDR himself would spot someone taking such a picture, he would direct the Secret Service to the offender, and they would expose the film."
Krauthammer was critical of, or at least disappointed in, FDR's attitude when it came to confronting his disability and just as disappointed in the decision not to depict him in a wheelchair for the monument. Call this ironic. Call this hypocritical. But did Krauthammer choose to not be shown in a wheelchair for the same reason as FDR? Obviously putting a pundit in a wheelchair in front of the camera would have done wonders for the acceptance of people with disabilities, but as Krauthammer posed to his readers two decades ago on whether FDR should be immortalized in his wheelchair: "Does it justify violating the self-image, the pride, the intentions of the man whom we are ostensibly honoring?"
Thousands protested for the 11 lives lost, the two victims in Louisville, and the many more stifled by President Trump's racism and bigotry.
Trump visited the synagogue on Tuesday and left.
On Wednesday he tweeted, "The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day. Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away. The Fake News stories were just the opposite-Disgraceful!"
Nearly 70,000 people as of Tuesday signed the petition from the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc to demand Trump stay away from Pittsburgh.
Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, had asked Trump to reschedule his visit to respect the grieving families and funerals.
Steven Halle, a nephew of one of the victims, Daniel Stein, rejected a meeting with Trump because of his comments blaming the synagogue for not having an armed guard to stop the gunman "immediately."
"Everybody feels that they were inappropriate," Halle said of Trump's comments. "A church, a synagogue, should not be a fortress. It should be an open, welcoming place to feel safe," he continued.
But Trump didn't care and came for his photo ops, and to promote Republican candidate Keith Rothfus via Twitter:
Yesterday in Pittsburgh I was really impressed with Congressman Keith Rothfus (far more so than any other local political figure). His sincere level of compassion, grief and sorrow for the events that took place was, in its own way, very inspiring. Vote for Keith!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
Trump told Fox News on Monday night:
"I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt," Trump said. "I really look forward to going. I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they already had disruption."
But his visit was drowned out by thousands who took to the streets of the city to protest, marching toward the synagogue, singing songs, and holding signs that said, ""Refugees Are Not Invaders," "Pittsburgh Builds Bridges Not Walls" and "Pittsburgh Welcomes All Who Don't Hate."
"It's an unbelievable image that we're looking at. These are peaceful protesters, walking along, grieving about the tragic death of 11 of their neighbors in a synagogue on Saturday, and protesting the presence of Donald Trump, the president, in their community today." pic.twitter.com/AuZbQxIq0o
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 30, 2018
Tuesday evening, Tracy Baton, director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Women's March on Washington, stood on the steps of the Sixth Presbyterian Church and spoke to thousands:
Those who "would insert themselves on a national stage, into a city in mourning, before the dead are buried, is unacceptable," she said. "Those that would limit our neighbors' vote, that would foment hate against the Jewish community, Muslim community, people of color, LGBTQ people, as well as wage a war on women's bodies, are not welcome here!"
Jewish group IfNotNow organized a protest and sat shiva. Organizer and Pittsburgh resident Diana Clarke told the crowd, "We are here to mourn the 11 Jewish people who were killed on Saturday. We are here to mourn the two black people who were
shot by a white nationalist in Louisville, Kentucky, last week."
"I think that Donald Trump represents white nationalism and white supremacy, and that has no place in the mourning lives lost to exactly those systems that his administration upholds," Clarke told HuffPost.
"We have people who can't sit shiva because you're blocking our streets!" the Rev. Susan Rothenberg, a Presbyterian minister screamed at Trump when he arrived. "These people can't grieve! You're causing them pain!"
She continued, "You only care about you! You are not welcome on my street! These are my neighbors that were killed! You are not welcome in Squirrel Hill! Do you understand that?"
Black folks must look alike to the dimwits at Fox News.
Misogyny in full force.
Kevin Jackson, a Black Fox News contributor, was fired for his Twitter comments during the hearings about the women who accused Kavanaugh of assault and misconduct.
"#ChristineBlaseyFord academic problems came from her PROMISCUITY!" he wrote on Twitter during the Senate appearance. "Dang girl stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!"
Bill Shine, fired Fox News co-president of misogyny, upstaged by his ignoramus spouse.
Darla Shine's racist beliefs filled her Twitter page, which she deleted as soon as the White House announced that her husband, Bill Shine, was officially joining the Trump administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications.
Shine's racist statements dating back to 2015 included questioning why white people would be labeled racist for using the N-word and mocking African nations and Black hair.
On Friday, Mediate published a report with screenshots obtained from her Twitter account, @darlashine, before it was deleted.
In January, in defense of President Donald Trump's sh**hole comment about African nations, she tweeted a racist meme making fun of the progress of African nations when compared to Europe:
She mocked the hairstyles of Black women:
"If white chicks can't perm their hair – Black chicks can't go blonde."
She bashed NBA players LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, who spoke out about police-related shootings during the ESPY awards in 2016.
"Comical to see these over paid Black sports stars give Black Lives Matter speech at ESPYs."
She constantly voiced her opinion against the Black Lives Matter movement:
"Imagine the protests if three white teens murdered a Black woman #AmandaBlackburn Only Black Lives Matter I guess," said a tweet about the fatal 2015 shooting of Amanda Blackburn in Indianapolis.
"The new stand-in President at #mizzou is Black. Will every white College President have to be replaced," she said a 2015 tweet.
Shine had a problem with Black people being able to say the N-word while she and other white people can't.
"Funny how critics calling to ban Gone With the Wind, Jefferson Memorial, but no talk of banning the N-word or Rap songs with N-word in it."
"Just singing to one of my jams 'Golddigger' by Kanye West when I realized If I sing along to the verse 'Broke Ni**er' I might be a racist," tweeted Shine in July 2015 (West's song does not include a hard R version of the slur).
"At FSU u can punch a girl in the face & only get kicked off football team but sing a song with the N word in it & you're expelled at Oklahoma," said a 2015 tweet.
"Rebel Flag off State Buildings in SC but cop killer rap songs, songs about rape, and songs with N word continue to play on the radio."
Shine linked Black children with an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory:
"1 out of 10 Black boys has autism," said a February 2016 tweet.
In addition to Shine consistently bashing Black people over the years, she has made some disparaging posts about Muslims. She said the following in regard to ABC firing Roseanne Barr over her racist tweet directed at Valerie Jarrett:
"Wondering what it was that set off the #ABC execs the #Ape comment or really the #MuslimBrotherhood comment," she said a tweet in May.
Prior to working at the White House, Shine's husband was a Fox News co-president who resigned from the network in May 2017 following Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes sexual harassment allegations. Apparently, at the same time Bill Shine was at a network where "institutional racism blunts efforts to attract a more multicultural audience," Darla Shine, a former television producer and author of a book called "Happy Housewives," was spreading the same type of racism on social media.
In regard to Darla Shine's social media history, the White House has not responded to requests from media for comment.
His campaign tactic of offending others rallies his base.
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