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Michelle Malkin (/ˈmɔːlkɪn/; née Maglalang; born October 20, 1970) is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, author and businesswoman. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites.[2] She was a Fox News contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by Regnery Publishing. She founded the conservative websites Twitchy and Hot Air.[3]

Michelle Malkin
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Born
Michelle Maglalang

(1970-10-20) October 20, 1970 (age 49)[1]
EducationOberlin College (BA)
OccupationAuthor, syndicated columnist, television personality, and blogger, Fox News
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Jesse Malkin (m. 1993)
Children2
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Michelle Malkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Philippine citizens Rafaela (née Perez) – a homemaker and teacher – and Apolo DeCastro Maglalang, who was then a physician-in-training.[1] Several months prior to Malkin's birth, her parents had immigrated to the United States on an employer-sponsored visa.[4] After her father finished his medical training, the family moved[5] to Absecon, New Jersey. Malkin has a younger brother.[6] She has described her parents as Ronald Reagan Republicans who were "not incredibly politically active".[1]

Malkin, a Roman Catholic,[1][7] attended Holy Spirit Roman Catholic High School, where she edited the school newspaper and aspired to become a concert pianist.[1] Following her graduation in 1988, she enrolled at Oberlin College.[1] Malkin had planned to pursue a bachelor's degree in music, but changed her major to English.[1] During her college years, she worked as a press inserter, tax preparation aide, and network news librarian.[8] Her first article for the paper heavily criticized Oberlin's affirmative action program and received a "hugely negative response" from other students on campus.[1] She graduated in 1992[9] and later described her alma mater as "radically left-wing".[10]

Career

 
Malkin speaking in South Carolina in 2016

Malkin began her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News, working as a columnist from 1992 to 1994. In 1995, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a journalism fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute,[11] a free-market, anti-government regulation, libertarian think tank.[12] In 1996, she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she wrote columns for The Seattle Times. Malkin became a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate in 1999.[13][14]

On April 24, 2006, Hot Air, a "conservative Internet broadcast network", went into operation, with Malkin as founder/CEO.[15] The site's staff at launch included Allahpundit and Bryan Preston. Preston was replaced by Ed Morrissey on February 25, 2008.[16] In February 2010, Hotair.com was bought by Salem Communications and is no longer administered by Malkin.[17]

For years, Malkin was a frequent commentator for Fox News and a regular guest host of The O'Reilly Factor. In 2007, she announced that she would not return to The O'Reilly Factor, claiming that Fox News had mishandled a dispute over derogatory statements made about her by Geraldo Rivera in a Boston Globe interview.[18] Since 2007, she has concentrated on her writing, blogging, and public speaking, although she still appears on television occasionally, especially with Sean Hannity and formerly with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News and Fox & Friends once a week.

Malkin had been a contributor to CRTV, but left the network following its merger with TheBlaze in December 2018.[19]

Malkin also founded the website Twitchy, a Twitter content curation site.[20]

A day after the death of journalist Cokie Roberts, Malkin claimed that Cokie was "One of the first Guilty Culprits of Fake News" [21]. Brian Stelter quickly said, during the panel discussion, "You're attacking her today. I just want to be clear: the body isn't even cold yet." [21].

Books

Malkin has written six books.

Blogging

In June 2004, Malkin launched a political blog, MichelleMalkin.com.[39] A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers",[40] and as of 2012 Technorati had ranked MichelleMalkin.com in its "Top 100 blogs of all types".[41] In 2011, the people search company PeekYou claimed that Malkin had the largest digital footprint of any political blogger.[42]

Malkin accused hip hop artist Akon of degrading women in a HotAir YouTube video in May 2007. Following this, Akon's record label, Universal Music Group (UMG), issued a DMCA takedown notice removing the video.[43] UMG retracted the notice after the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law.[44][45]

MichelleMalkin.com was revamped and moved to a larger server on WordPress in June 2007.[46]

Malkin has also been a contributor to anti-immigration website VDARE.[47]

Jamil Hussein

Malkin was among the first of several bloggers who questioned the credibility and even the existence of Iraqi police Captain "Jamil Hussein" who had been used as a source by the Associated Press in over 60 stories about the Iraq war. The controversy started in November 2006 when the AP reported that six Iraqis had been burned alive as they left a mosque and that four mosques had been destroyed, citing Hussein as one of its sources. In January 2007, Malkin visited Baghdad, and stated, "the Iraqi Ministry of Interior says disputed Associated Press source Jamil Hussein does exist. At least one story he told the AP just doesn't check out: The Sunni mosques that as Hussein claimed and AP reported as 'destroyed,' 'torched' and 'burned and blown up' are all still standing. So the credibility of every AP story relying on Jamil Hussein remains dubious."[48] Malkin has since issued a correction for her denial of Hussein's existence, "I relayed information from multiple sources—CPATT, Centcom, and two other military sources on the ground in Iraq—that the Associated Press's disputed source, Jamil Hussein, could not be found." [...] "I regret the error," but still contested AP claims of destroyed mosques and civilians burned alive.[48][49]

Students Against War controversy

In April 2006, Students Against War (SAW), a campus group at University of California, Santa Cruz, staged a protest against the presence of military recruiters on campus, and sent out a press release containing contact details (names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three student leaders for use by reporters. Malkin included these contact details in a blog column entitled "Seditious Santa Cruz vs. America".[50] Malkin claimed the contact information was originally taken from SAW's own website, but that later SAW had removed it and had "wiped" the "cached version".[51] The students asked Malkin to remove the contact details from her blog, but Malkin reposted them several times[52] writing in her blog: "I am leaving it up. If you are contacting them, I do not condone death threats or foul language. As for SAW, my message is this: You are responsible for your individual actions. Other individuals are responsible for theirs. Grow up and take responsibility."[50]

SAW remarked: "Due to the continued irresponsible actions of some bloggers, members of the group have received numerous death threats and anti-Semitic comments through phone calls and emails."[53] A blog war ensued. Malkin claimed that she received hostile e-mails,[54] then her private home address, phone number, photos of her neighborhood and maps to her house were published on several websites. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported receiving an email from Malkin saying that this forced her to remove one of her children from school and move her family.[55]

Another controversy involving private addresses began on July 1, 2006, when Malkin and other bloggers commented on a New York Times Travel section article that had featured the town where Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld owned summer homes. The article included a picture of Rumsfeld's long tree-lined driveway that showed a birdhouse and small portion of the housefront.[56] Malkin declared that this story was part of "a concerted, organized effort to dig up and publicize the private home information of prominent conservatives in the media and blogosphere to intimidate them." The photos of Rumsfeld's house were taken with Rumsfeld's permission.[57]

Views

Immigration

Malkin opposes birthright citizenship to U.S.-born children of foreign tourists, temporary foreign workers, and undocumented immigrants. She claims this undermines the integrity of citizenship and national security, and argues that the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, "originally intended to ensure the citizenship rights of newly freed slaves and their families after the Civil War, has evolved into a magnet for alien lawbreakers and a shield for terrorist infiltrators and enemy combatants".[58]

Malkin also opposes sanctuary cities, in which local authorities limit cooperation with national immigration agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).[59]

She supports coordination with federal authorities through the use of Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to investigate, detain, and arrest aliens on civil and criminal grounds.[60][61] Malkin supports the detention and deportation of some immigrants, regardless of legal status, on national security grounds.[24]

In 2019, Malkin gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) condemning politicians, including the "ghost" of recently deceased Senator John McCain, for failing to enact stricter immigration regulation.[62][63][64]

Unemployment benefits

During an appearance as a news analyst on the roundtable segment of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on August 2, 2009, she explained why she opposed another 13-week extension of unemployment benefits: "If you put enough government cheese in front of people they are going to just keep eating it and kicking the can down the road... people will just delay getting a job until the three weeks before the benefits run out."[65]

Women's issues

In a February 2012 column, Malkin called the "War on Women" a false narrative, arguing rather that "It's the progressive left in this country that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs."[66]

Daniel Holtzclaw

Malkin took a special interest in the conviction of Daniel Holtzclaw, whom she advocates as innocent.[67] She has dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to his case, authoring multiple videos and articles on the various issues in his case.[68]

Legalization of cannabis

Malkin is a proponent of legalizing the medical use of cannabis, dating back to 1998 when she argued in favor of the passage of Washington State's Initiative 692.[69] She also criticized the war on drugs as a "dismal, costly, inefficient failure" in a 1997 column titled "Liberty Is Biggest Loser In Nation's War On Drugs".[70] In a 2014 interview Malkin said she was "grateful" for the passage of Colorado's Amendment 64 (legalizing recreational use), as it allowed her ailing mother-in-law to easily obtain cannabis.[71]

Personal life

At Oberlin, she began dating Jesse Malkin. They married in 1993, and have two children. Jesse Malkin worked as an associate policy analyst and economist focusing on healthcare issues for the RAND Corporation.[72] In 2004, Malkin reported on her website that her husband had left a "lucrative health-care consulting job" to be a stay-at-home dad.[73][74]

In 2006, Malkin gave a lecture at her alma mater, Oberlin College, discussing racism, among other topics.[75] She denied allegations that she had been insensitive to the "plight of minorities", listing several racial epithets that had been used against her, and by relating a lesson she learned from her mother for which she is "eternally grateful".[75] When in kindergarten, Malkin went home in tears one day because her classmates had called her a racist name. But her mother comforted Michelle by telling her that everyone has prejudices.[75]

Malkin and her family lived in North Bethesda, Maryland, until 2008 when they relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado.[76][77]

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