About Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR, and a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate.

He appeared as both a political expert and newsmaker on many national programs including "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Nightline," "CBS Evening News," ABC's "World News Tonight" and "The McNeil/Lehrer News Hour." Brill's Content magazine, which keeps a "Pundit Scorecard," recently rated him the most accurate of "TV's weekend soothsayers." 

Blankley was editorial page editor of the Washington Times from 2002 to 2007, leaving to pursue his positions at Edelman and the Heritage Foundation. From 1990 to 1997, Blankley was press secretary and general adviser to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Before that, he worked six years for President Reagan in a variety of positions, including speechwriter, Senior Policy Analyst and Deputy Director of Planning and Evaluation.

Before arriving in Washington in 1980, Blankley served for eight years as California Deputy Attorney General. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCLA, a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University and a Certificate in International Law from The University of London.

A naturalized American citizen born in London, Blankley followed the Reagan path by starting his career in Hollywood. He was a child actor in such television shows as "Lassie," "Highway Patrol," "Sky King" and "Make Room for Daddy," and also appeared in movies with such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Michael Wilding and Van Johnson.

Blankley passed away on January 7, 2012.

A Time for Statesmen Oct 31, 2011

Now is a particularly dangerous moment for American national security interests. Not just because threats are growing. Not just because the current administration is making a historic bungle from China to Iraq to Iran to Russia to Europe to Mexico to... Read More

Obama's Last Economic Policy Chance Aug 30, 2011

President Obama's post-Labor Day "jobs" speech will be his last chance to launch an economic policy with any chance of manifesting its effect — both economic and political — before the November 2012 elections. He has three optio... Read More

Newt's Ideas Worth Considering Jul 05, 2011

One would be hard-pressed to find a better example of sheer misguided reporting than the story in The Washington Post last weekend in which it was reported that "Newt Gingrich thinks he can revive his debilitated campaign by talking about Alzhei... Read More

Conditions of Anonymity May 10, 2011

There is a particular media conceit that, in the garb of purported impeccable disclosure, is in fact a license for news sources to market talking points. A hilarious example of the breed can be found in an article by Anne E. Kornblut in the Sunday Wa... Read More