How Will Madeleine Albright Be Remembered?

Headline Roundup March 24th, 2022

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, died Wednesday at 84. 

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, Albright was appointed as U.N. ambassador by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. In 1997, Clinton chose her to be secretary of state. Following Albright’s death, Clinton told CNN (Left bias) that “she just wanted to support whatever we could do to back Ukraine,” during a conversation two weeks earlier. On Feb. 23, Albright also wrote an opinion article in The New York Times (Opinion rated Left) arguing that invading Ukraine would be a "historic mistake" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former President George W. Bush said Albright “lived out the American dream and helped others realize it,” adding that she “understood firsthand the importance of free societies for peace in our world.”

Coverage was generally positive across the spectrum. Many left and center-rated outlets published opinion articles praising Albright’s career. While right-rated outlets tended not to publish such articles, multiple Fox News (Online News rated Right) Channel contributors spoke favorably of Albright on Wednesday. 

From the Center
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OPINION

Madeleine K. Albright, who passed away on Wednesday, shaped a generation of foreign policy leaders — gently and usually with a smile. She knew every senior official, mentored many of them, and managed to say a cheery word even to people who took “dour” as a compliment.

Even into her 80s, Albright had the style of a college undergraduate, gossiping late into the night with her countless friends in the United States and abroad. At the opening dinner of each summer’s gathering of the Aspen Strategy Group, she would don a...

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From the Right
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ANALYSIS

After serving as a foreign policy advisor for many politicians, Madeleine Albright's first major role was as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations. President Bill Clinton nominated her for the role in 1993.

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From the Left
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OPINION

To the world, Madeleine Albright will always be remembered as America’s first woman secretary of state. She thrived in that role as a consequence of her intelligence, strength, and her mastery of a profoundly challenging role at a time when the United States was, briefly, the world’s sole superpower.

In a moment during her tenure as secretary of state that resonates greatly with the current one, a brutal authoritarian leader, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, threatened the peace of Europe.

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