Fox News Hosts, Washington Post Pay Tribute to Krauthammer: 'You Are a Great Man'

Pence: He 'made an indelible mark on the minds of millions of Americans'

June 8, 2018

Fox News hosts paid emotional on-air tributes to colleague and columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday upon his announcement he had only a few weeks to live. The tributes came amid an outpouring of similar reflections from the Washington Post, journalists and elected officials alike.

The syndicated Washington Post columnist and longtime ubiquitous "Special Report" panelist on Fox News wrote the cancer he had been fighting over the past year had aggressively returned, and his doctors informed him he would not survive it.

"This is the final verdict. My fight is over," he wrote. "I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent."

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace revealed he'd been privately informed of Krauthammer's condition 10 days earlier, and he called the public announcement of his diagnosis "quintessential Krauthammer."

"It is so graceful," he said. "It is so honest. It is so brave."

Wallace said Krauthammer lived a life of "great consequence" in spite of his handicaps; he was left paralyzed by a diving accident during his first year of medical school in 1972. Now known for his conservative views, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Krauthammer worked as a speechwriter in the Jimmy Carter administration.

"Charles, if you’re out there, if you’re watching this with your beloved wife Robin and your dear son Daniel, who I know have been such a support to you in so many ways, I want you to know that I love you ... and feel so honored to consider myself a colleague of yours," Wallace said. "You are a great man."

Fox News commentator Juan Williams, a frequent sparring partner of Krauthammer's on "Special Report," complimented his "astounding" intellect and talked about his passions outside of policies, like baseball and chess.

"Special Report" host Bret Baier said Krauthammer's voice throughout his illness has been missed, and he relayed Krauthammer's dry humor often had guests cracking up between segments.

"I'm just really happy that he has put this out, so that he can see how much the world loves him, and how much he changed the world," Baier said.

Host Dana Perino said Krauthammer's Friday column at the Washington Post was the first piece she read every morning before the advent of the Internet.

The Washington Post editorial board penned a tribute, calling Friday—the day his column printed in the newspaper—Charles' day.

"He sought, rather, to provoke us to think, to enlarge our understanding, at times to make us laugh. Like few others, he succeeded, week after week, Friday after Friday, year after year," the board wrote.

"His unsparing judgments were cheered by some readers while angering others. But few could disagree that he wrote a column of breathtaking range and intelligence and integrity."

Support also flowed in for Krauthammer on Twitter, including from Vice President Mike Pence.