Mark Shields, political pundit and columnist, has died at age 85.
Shield was a regular on PBS NewsHour for 33 years and retired in 2020.
“Shields passed away due to kidney failure Saturday morning at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, NPR reported. His wife was by his side,” reported Breitbart.
Shield’s former PBS colleague, Judy Woodruff, paid tribute to him:
I am heartbroken to share this..the @NewsHour’s beloved long-time Friday night analyst Mark Shields, who for decades wowed us with his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, his sense of humor and mainly his big heart, has passed away at 85, with his wife Anne at his side. pic.twitter.com/d68SZiGQJf
— Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff) June 18, 2022
“Woodruff noted her former colleague’s sense of humor, which was apparent in his criticisms of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) following his infamous 2011 crotch shot tweet scandal, which Andrew Breitbart broke the news on. Shields stated at the time that Weiner had a craving for media attention and ripped into the disgraced politician for his scandal,” reported Breitbart.
“The most dangerous place in Washington is between Anthony Weiner, a camera, and a microphone,” Shields said. “I mean, what the hell is a member of congress, who wants to be mayor of New York, having portrait galleries of his crotch available for distribution.”
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