Flashback: Humorous Snippet of Tony Blankley from 2003

Sad news came Sunday (January 8) that Tony Blankley, the long-time leading conservative thinker, author and columnist, who served House Speaker Newt Gingrich and later ran the editorial pages for the Washington Times, passed away at age 63.

Back on Thursday, March 27, 2003 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, Blankley pitched in at the last-minute to help us when a planned speaker (Rush Limbaugh) was unable to attend. At the MRC's 'DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2002,' Blankley enthusiastically bound on stage to accept in jest the 'I Hate You Conservatives Award' on behalf of Bill Moyers.

This short clip, under two minutes, shows Blankley's enthusiasm for life and quick wit as he delivered wry observations and quipped about his size on the big screens beside the stage. (The video is rendered from a fairly low-quality clip as posted in 2003)

Blankley faithfully served as a DisHonors Awards judge in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. At our 2006 awards, he presented the 'Send Bush to Abu Ghraib Award' and the 'Aaron Brown Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis.' Scroll to the bottom of those two pages to watch Blankley.

- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow Brent Baker on Twitter.