-By Warner Todd Huston
ABC News political correspondent Sam Donaldson was recently arrested by police in Lewes, Delaware for driving under the influence.
Lewes Police Chief Jeff Horvath reports that Donaldson, 77, was pulled over on the evening of December 1 and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged then released.
Chief Horvath notes that the ABC anchor was cooperative throughout the incident.
Donaldson is a Virginia resident and will have to return to Delaware for his impending court date.
Sam Donaldson shot to news fame with his confrontational style with President Ronald Reagan by constant hectoring from the lawn of the White House as well as in press conference after press conference. Liberals hailed him for his loud style and perhaps he presaged the day of the confrontational cable culture that fills TV today.
In 1995, Donaldson was criticized for receiving thousands in farm subsidies for his ownership in a sheep ranching business based in New Mexico despite having previously been an outspoken opponent for such subsidies.
Donaldson was once co-host of ABC’s This Week as well as Prime Time Live. While he retired from full-time work at ABC in 2009, the reporter still appears occasionally on This Week.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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