CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1986 |
Rep. Bobbi Fiedler, who gave up her west San Fernando Valley-southern Ventura County congressional seat to run for the U. S. Senate, is negotiating with KABC-TV Channel 7 to become a political commentator for the Los Angeles station after her term expires Jan. 3. The three-term Chatsworth Republican said in a recent interview that she has no plans to run for political office again but would not rule out the possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 |
Reporting from Washington -- Tony Blankley, who gained notoriety as press secretary for Newt Gingrich during the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1990s and later as a conservative commentator on radio and television, has died. He was 63. The British-born Blankley, who was a child actor while growing up in Los Angeles, died Saturday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, said his wife, Lynda Davis. He had stomach cancer. With his British accent, eclectic tastes and sharp tongue, Blankley turned his stint with Gingrich from 1990 to 1997 into a career as a commentator.
January 8, 1985 |
Quarterback Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins has been hired by ABC to work as a commentator on the Super Bowl telecast Jan. 20, the network announced Monday. Theismann will work with Frank Gifford, the play-by-play announcer, and Don Meredith, the other commentator. It had been reported earlier that both Meredith and O.J. Simpson, the regular "Monday Night Football" commentators, would not be in the booth during the telecast, but ABC apparently changed its thinking about Meredith's role.
February 15, 1996 |
The budding broadcasting careers of Joe Montana and Warren Moon ended, at least for now, on Wednesday. Montana, through his management company, IMG, announced he has decided to give up his job as a studio commentator for NBC after one season so he can spend more time with his family. Turner Sports, meanwhile, announced that Moon, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, was told in January his services would no longer be needed.
December 4, 2013 |
Martin Bashir has learned something Alec Baldwin already knows: Even a cable news host can say too much. MSNBC announced Wednesday that Bashir, a commentator and host of the 4 p.m. hour, is leaving after an uproar over his remarks last month about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Disputing Palin's position that compared the national debt to slavery, Bashir during an on-air segment called Palin "America's resident dunce" and then suggested a slave-like scatalogical punishment for her. (Entire video is below; warning: strong language.)
April 7, 1987
Arraignment of former U.S. Sen. John V. Tunney on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge was postponed until April 28 after his attorney said he needed more time to confer with the 52-year-old California Democrat. The California Highway Patrol said Tunney was arrested on March 6, when he was allegedly speeding and weaving in his 1985 Mercedes-Benz on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. Officers said it was a first offense.