Andy Rooney’s mixed political legacy

By Muckety

August 7, 2014 at 2:08pm

We have long suspected there is a politics gene, but it doesn’t necessarily carry a marker for party affiliation.

Here’s a media-political family tree for the late Andy Rooney, best remembered for his crotchety commentary on “60 Minutes.”

As Rooney once remarked, “It’s hard to conceal the fact I am more of a Democrat than I am a Republican.”

His offspring obviously caught the media bug from their father. Daughter Emily was executive producer for Peter Jennings. Son Brian is a correspondent for CBS News.

Grandsons Justin and Ben Fishel have chosen different, often conflicting roles. Ben Fishel is communications director for Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California. Brother Justin is a reporter for Fox News.

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