Nightly News   |  January 09, 2012

Newt Gingrich aide and columnist has died

Tony Blankley died of stomach cancer. He was 63 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> tony blankley died. tony was at the forefront of an era that saw the proliferation of cable channels and cable pundits. of the latter, he was among the most ubiquitous. he became a child actor for film and tv and acted alongside humphrey bogart . then came a law degree , career in politics, worked for ronald reagan , press secretary for newt gingrich and was a solid conservative voice as a journalist. tony blankley died of stomach cancer . he was 63 years old.