(born March 29, 1927) is an
American television personality and political commentator. He
created, produces and hosts the long-running political commentary
series The McLaughlin
as well as John McLaughlin's One On
Education and early career
earned two master's degrees
(philosophy and English literature) from Boston College, and a Ph.D.
(philosophy) from Columbia University
. Upon entering the
Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church and being
ordained a priest, McLaughlin spent years as
a high school teacher at Fairfield
College Preparatory School, a Jesuit prep school in Connecticut. A Republican, he originally
opposed the Vietnam War and, in 1970,
sought permission from his order to run for a seat in the United States Senate, representing
His superiors denied him this, even though
they did grant permission to fellow Jesuit Father Robert Drinan
to run for a seat in the
Representatives for Massachusetts.
McLaughlin defied his superiors and ran
anyway, losing to the incumbent four-term Senator John O. Pastore
Through a friendship with Pat Buchanan
McLaughlin became a war supporter and a speech writer and advisor
to U.S. President Richard Nixon
. Because priests are not allowed to take on
political jobs, he was ordered by his Jesuit superiors to return to
Boston and, rather than obey, he left the Society of Jesus.
Prior to entering broadcasting, he was associate editor of
, a weekly
opinion journal published by American Jesuits
. From 1981 to 1989, McLaughlin was
Washington editor and author of the monthly political column, "From
Washington Straight," for the National Review
The McLaughlin Group
premiered in 1982. The show features four political commentators,
usually two conservatives and two liberals, with McLaughlin seated
in the middle. The McLaughlin Group is most widely
seen on PBS affiliates, and is taped at the
studios of WUSA-TV in
McLaughlin Group is seen in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe and worldwide on American Forces Network and on
the WORLDNET satellite service.
The McLaughlin Group
is available in low-resolution video
podcast form on the show's web site and on iTunes
. Although the show is broadcast on PBS with no
commercials, the podcast edition has commercial messages from the
broadcast Sunday mornings on WUSA-TV.
McLaughlin is fond of making witty predictions based on current
events, and of asking questions in interesting ways. One phrase he
often uses is: His loud and forceful style of presentation has been
parodied by comedians
commentators, most notably Dana Carvey
of Saturday Night Live
McLaughlin himself appeared as the Grim
in an SNL
sketch that parodied his show.
also hosts John
McLaughlin's One On One, first telecast in 1984, and from
1989 through 1994, produced and hosted McLaughlin, a
one-hour nightly talk show on CNBC.
McLaughlin has also appeared in films, including Dave
, Mission Impossible
and War, Inc.
Personal life and views
On 23 August 1975, McLaughlin married Ann Dore
, his former campaign manager
. She served as Secretary of Labor
from 1987 until 1989.
The couple divorced in 1992.
On 22 June 1997, McLaughlin married his current wife, Cristina
Clara Vidal McLaughlin. She is also cited as a vice president of
operations on the McLaughlin Group
McLaughlin is a lifetime Republican. However, leading up to the
States presidential election
, McLaughlin announced that he
would be voting for Democratic Party
. His political views in
general are diversified and often differ from Republican Party
positions depending on the issue in question.
- The New York Times (1997-06-22). Cristina Vidal and John
McLaughlin. The New York Times, 22 June 1997. Retrieved from