In light of the passing of longtime Fox News Channel commentator and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, Fox News Channel aired a special report: "Charles Krauthammer: His Words."

Krauthammer reflected on his life of 68 years, and discussed his evolution from medical student, to psychiatrist, to columnist and Special Report regular.

"I never wanted to make myself the focus of my career," Krauthammer said.

He said that, by rule, he tried never to use the word "I."

"A lot of columnists write 'I'," he said, adding that he thought "every time you use it, it is a failure."

"I left medicine to put ideas in the right order," he said.


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Krauthammer also talked about his time as a Walter Mondale liberal and how he became a staunch supporter of the "Reagan Doctrine," a term he is said to have originated.

He said that he took the transcription of his ideas very seriously.

Krauthammer said he would begin his pieces by speaking them into an old cassette recorder and having an assistant do the transcription.

He said he would then "edit 15 times," an action he compared to a woodworker "cleaning, sanding and polishing."

Krauthammer died Thursday, June 21. He is survived by his mother, Thea; wife, Robyn; and son, Daniel.

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