George Will — ‘Take it somewhere else, buster’


Longtime ABC This Week talking head and dour doyen George Will will shill for Fox News.

Fox News:  FOX News Channel has hired noted political columnist and author George Will as a contributor.

Will, who served most recently as a panelist for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” will offer analysis and commentary across Fox News’ daytime and primetime programming, including on the panels of “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “FOX News Sunday.” A Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary for his newspaper writing, Will has been referred to by “The Wall Street Journal” as “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America.”

“We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join FOX News,” said Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News. “His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list.”

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In addition to his work at ABC, Will wrote a syndicated column, which appeared in more than 475 newspapers and served as a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Prior to joining ABC News, Will was the Washington editor of National Review and on the staff of former Senator Gordon Allott (R-CO) from 1970 to 1972.

Will has authored books on political theory including, “Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does,” “The New Season: A Spectator’s Guide to the 1988 Election” and “Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy.” A life-long baseball fan, Will also wrote “Men at Work,” which was a number one bestseller on the New York Times non-fiction list.

A graduate of Trinity College, he also received a degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Will is still pissed at Washingtonian Magazine for running a photo of a sign his then-wife Madeleine planted on the front lawn of their Chevy Chase, Maryland home where she’d tossed his stuff: “Take it somewhere else, buster.”

Washington tongues were wagging big time (including mine) in January 1987 when Washingtonian wagged that Will, now 72,  had walked out on his wife and was fooling around with Lally Weymouth, now 70 and the daughter of Washington Post icon Katharine Graham, and had bought a million-dollar house around the corner from his marital abode.

NYT Dec. 1987:  One of the liveliest feuds in Washington these days does not involve public servants or politicians, but George F. Will, the columnist and television commentator, and the Washingtonian magazine. In his most recent column in Newsweek, Mr. Will interrupted a tribute to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to observe: ”I and others have reason to know that the Washingtonian magazine, published by people with the morals of the marketplace, is, in part, a National Enquirer for Yuppies. Unfounded gossip appears on glossy paper between BMW ads.”

This assessment did not surprise John A. Limpert, editor of the prosperous monthly. Six months ago Mr. Will and his lawyers asked the magazine to retract a report it had published on the columnist’s personal life. He is separated from his wife. In the course of the correspondence, Mr. Will declared: ”Unless I have your commitment that these specific falsehoods will be corrected in the next issue of the Washingtonian, I shall respond in a way available to me to establish the truth. I do not intend to let this matter drop.”

Nearly 30 years later Will has the memory of an elephant.

Will divorced Wife #1 in 1989 and married Wife #2 in 1991It’s not the first time Will has been accused of double standards.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 @ 4:25 PM

  • jimbotalk

    Unfortunately, given temptation, George F. will.

    • Marty Davis

      Will is a staple in DC’s. Political-media complex. The old line in the. Sand is long gone. Via BlackBerry