Philip Klein (editor)

Philip Klein is an American author and journalist who is the editor of National Review Online. Klein previously worked as the executive editor of the Washington Examiner, as a Washington correspondent for The American Spectator,[2] and as a financial reporter for Reuters. He become editor of conservative publication National Review Online in 2021.[3][4]

Philip Klein
NationalityUnited States
EducationGeorge Washington University, history and economics
Columbia University, journalism
OccupationJournalist, author
EmployerNational Review
Political partyRepublican (before 2016)
Independent (2016–present)[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Klein grew up in New York City.[5] He graduated from George Washington University with degrees in history and economics and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.



Klein is a former Reuters reporter.[6] He worked for the American Spectator before joining the Washington Examiner in 2011.[7] In 2014, he became the commentary editor of the same paper.[7] In 2015, Klein was promoted to managing editor of the paper,[8] and in 2018, he was named executive editor.[9]

In September 2012, while Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was chair of the Democratic National Committee, Schultz accused Klein of "deliberately misquoting" her.[10] The Washington Post fact-checked Wasserman Schultz, finding "Klein's quote was exactly accurate, meaning Wasserman Schultz falsely accused the Examiner of misquoting her. The DNC chair earns Four Pinocchios." She later refused to apologize, telling the Washington Free Beacon that: "No, I definitely will not."[11]

In 2018, Klein reported on a tweet by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about Department of Defense budgets which he called a "$21 trillion mistake" revealing a lack of understanding of government budgeting.[12][13][14]


Klein's 2019 book, Fear Your Future: How the Deck Is Stacked Against Millennials and Why Socialism Would Make It Worse, released by Templeton Press in October 2019,[15] was discussed on C-SPAN in November 2019.[16] The book includes essays by other writers including David Harsanyi and Ramesh Ponnuru.[17]

Klein's 2015 book, Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care, laid out the policy approaches available to the bill's opponents.[18][19]


In 2016, Klein left the Republican Party in protest over the nomination of Donald Trump, tweeting out his announcement and the completed voter registration form on 3 May 2016.[20]


  • Philip Klein (October 2019). Fear Your Future: How the Deck is Stacked Against Millennials and Why Socialism Would Make it Worse. Templeton Press. ISBN 978-1599475738.[17][21]
  • Philip Klein (January 2015). Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care. Washington Examiner. ISBN 978-0692361702.[22][23][24]
  • Philip Klein (May 2012). Conservative Survival in the Romney Era (e-book). ASIN B0084PTQUS.[25]


  1. ^ "Philip Klein May 3, 2016 tweet". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  2. ^ Salam, Reihan (11 March 2011). "Philip Klein on HSR in California". National Review. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ Richard Lowry (22 February 2021), "Welcome Philip Klein to NRO," National Review Online. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  4. ^ National Review Online. Philip Klein. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ Rosenfeld, Megan (26 April 1997). "Community Service? Students Volunteer Their Dissent". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  6. ^ Byers, Dylan (26 January 2012). "Correction(s) of the Day, Reuters on Rubio". Politico. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b Massella, Nick (26 August 2014). "Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner". AdWeek. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ Marx, Damon (23 March 2015). "Washington Examiner Promotes Philip Klein to Managing Editor The move is Klein's second promotion at the publication in 2019". AdWeek. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  9. ^ Gauglione, Sara (21 December 2018). "'The Washington Examiner Magazine' Hires New Editors". PublishersDaily via Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  10. ^ Hicks, Josh (September 5, 2012). "Debbie Wasserman Schultz's false accusation of a misquote". Washington Post.
  11. ^ "DWS: 'I Will Definitely Not' Apologize to Reporter Klein". Washington Free Beacon. September 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Rizzo, Salvadore (4 December 2018). "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's $21 trillion mistake". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  13. ^ Shaw, Adam (4 December 2018). "Ocasio-Cortez called out for claiming Pentagon $$ error could fund Medicare for all". Fox News. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  14. ^ Klein, Philip (3 December 2018). "No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 'Medicare for all' cannot be mostly financed by eliminating Pentagon fraud". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  15. ^ Philip Klein (October 2019). Fear Your Future: How the Deck is Stacked Against Millennials and Why Socialism Would Make it Worse. Templeton Press. ISBN 978-1599475738.
  16. ^ "Philip Klein on Millennials and the National Debt Burden". C-SPAN.
  17. ^ a b "Philip Klein's Fear Your Future". National Review. November 4, 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  18. ^ Suderman, Peter (June 2017). "Republicans Don't Lack a Plan to Replace Obamacare. They Lack a Unified Theory". Reason. Vol. 49 no. 2. p. 14.
  19. ^ Douthat, Ross (23 February 2015). "The G.O.P. policy test". New York Times.
  20. ^ Mathis-Lilley, Ben (May 4, 2016). "A List of the Conservatives Who Are Holding the Line and Still Refusing to Support Trump". Slate.
  21. ^ Butler, Jack (January 2020). "Are Millennials (Avocado) Toast?". Commentary. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  22. ^ Turner, Grace Marie (4 February 2015). "Not Just For Policy Wonks: Phil Klein's 'Overcoming ObamaCare". Forbes. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  23. ^ Sargent, Greg (12 January 2015). "Morning Plum: Some welcome GOP candor on Obamacare". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  24. ^ Suderman, Peter (May 2015). "Unpacking Obamacare". Reason. Vol. 47 no. 1. p. 54.
  25. ^ "Conservative Survival in the Romney Era at". Retrieved 2019-12-31.

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