My close friend and defining mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully this morning. He is now in heaven with his beloved pet dog, Oliver. It is hard for me to express how much John meant to me, but in the days ahead I will try to do so. Professionally, by employing me as a panelist and producer on his show for two years, he gave me huge exposure and development as a journalist. At a personal level, he was a wonderful advisor and one of my closest friends. Our conversations were frequently humorous, often serious, and occasionally profanity-laden (when he didn't like one of my scripts!!). I will miss him greatly. Below are some of my time-linked exchanges with Dr. McLaughlin - in chronological order - that I most enjoyed.
August 1st 2014 - 6m0s - ''Do you enjoy all this happy talk?''. JM's first question on my first appearance on the show.
November 14th 2014 - 13m02s - ''Rogan is Right, Bye! Bye!''. A simple sentence, but it meant a lot to me.
June 12th 2015 - 5m18s - John tests me on Jeb Bush's visit to Estonia. I love his insistence in trying to catch me out, but also being proud of me for getting the answer right!
June 12th 2015 show - 11m46s - In another Jesuit teaching endeavor in the same show, John tests me on my knowledge of Russian geography. He jokes that I get my atlas out every night!
July 4th 2015 show - 6m51s - I tease John about listening in to his conversations. His laugh is great.
October 23rd 2015 show - 18m21s - During a discussion on U.S.-Canadian relations, John teases me about my visits to Canada. I was visiting an ex-girlfriend! I love this clip because it shows JM's teasing sense of humor. Eleanor tries to talk about the issue and he presses home on his teasing!
November 13th 2015 show - 7m10s - John teases me about my green socks. My dress sense - or lack thereof - was a frequent off camera point of conversation between us.
November 13th 2015 show - 26m11s - John offers an exceptionally kind tribute to my grandfather. This showed how much John cared for me and my family.
March 4th 2016 show - 19m39s - Teasing John about his test questions and efforts to throw panelists off balance. His smirk and rebuttal are priceless.
April 15th 2016 - 26m23s - I tease John on his reluctance to make a forced prediction. We then joke about Jesuit teaching. The back and forth here is quite funny.
April 22nd 2016 show - 3m02s - John tests me on my knowledge of Afghanistan. Quite a lot of viewers felt he was being rude to me here, but I loved it. It epitomized the nature of our relationship.
August 12th 2016 show - 11m54s - This clip doesn't involve Dr. M. But in allowing me to introduce Pat Buchanan to an issue on his show, and then to debate aggressively on equal footing with Pat, it illustrates just how important John will always be to my career.
August 12th 2016 show - 27m07s - Sending our best to John at the end of the most recent show. I was told John was touched by this. That comforts me. Bye Bye, John.