Adam Clymer

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Adam Clymer
Born(1937-04-27)April 27, 1937
DiedSeptember 10, 2018(2018-09-10) (aged 81)
EducationHarvard College
University of Cape Town
Years active1950s–2003
Spouse(s)Ann Wood (Fessenden) (m.1961–2013)[1]
RelativesEleanor Clymer (mother)

Adam Clymer (April 27, 1937 – September 10, 2018) was an American journalist. He was a political correspondent for The New York Times. He was born in New York City. He was a national political correspondent for the 1980 presidential election, polling editor from 1983 to 1990, political editor for George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign in 1988, and chief Washington correspondent from 1999 through 2003.[2]

Clymer when in September 2000 George W. Bush and running mate Dick Cheney appeared at a campaign event at Naperville, Illinois. While on stage before the event, Bush said to Cheney, "There's Adam Clymer, major-league asshole from the New York Times." Cheney responded, "Oh yeah, he is, big time." The remarks were picked up by a live microphone, causing a minor campaign controversy. Bush later publicly stated "I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate made it through the public airways. I regret everybody heard what I said."[3]

In 1981, Clymer co-authored Reagan: The Man, the President with fellow New York Times journalists Hedrick Smith, Leonard Silk, Robert Lindsey, and Richard Burt. In 1999, he wrote Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography.

Clymer died from pancreatic cancer on September 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 81.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, Sam (September 10, 2018). "Adam Clymer, Political Reporter, Editor and Pollster, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. "Ask a Reporter: Adam Clymer". The New York Times. December 3, 2000.
  3. "Bush's disparaging remark about reporter picked up by microphone". The Independent. London. 2000-09-05. Retrieved 2010-04-23.