Tomi Lahren

American television and online video host
Tomi Lahren
Tomi Lahren by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lahren in 2016
Born (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 24)
Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Occupation Television host, political commentator
Employer Unemployed
Political party Republican

Tomi Lahren (/ˈtɒmi ˈlærən/; born August 11, 1992) is an American television and online video host, and a conservative[1] political commentator. She hosted an hour long talk show, Tomi, for TheBlaze from 2016 until March 2017. In March 2017, she was permanently banned from TheBlaze, due to allegedly berating co-workers, and for changing her stances on conservative issues, such as the pro-life issue. [2][3] She was previously the host of On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network (OAN).[4][5]

Her commentary has garnered widespread attention: in late 2016, The New York Times described Lahren as a "rising media star"[1] and BBC News called her "the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook".[5] Her commentary is considered widely polarizing.[5]

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Early life

Lahren grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family, and attended Central High School.[6][7] She is of German and Norwegian descent.[8] Lahren graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014 and moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. She also hosted and was an associate producer for the political roundtable show, The Scramble, for her university's television program.[9] Lahren interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem, serving as the first intern for Noem's Rapid City office.[10]

Career

Hoping to find an internship in political commentary, Lahren applied to One America News Network (OAN), obtained an interview, and was instead offered the opportunity to host her own show. She moved to San Diego, California and began working for OAN. On Point with Tomi Lahren debuted in August 2014.[4][6][11]

In July 2015, a video of her commentary concerning the 2015 Chattanooga shootings garnered widespread attention.[12] Before this, Lahren caused a smaller wave of press attention in March 2015 when she appeared at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Referring to the image of Republicans as "old, rich, white males", she commented on prominent Democrats, saying: "Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits ... male too?"[13]

On August 19, 2015, Lahren announced that she had completed her last show with OAN. She moved to Texas, and began a new show with TheBlaze in November 2015.[14] She has become known for ending her program with three-minute segments called "final thoughts" in which she speaks extremely quickly. These segments have become widely popular on social media, but have been variously referred to as "screeds" and "rants".[5]

On November 30, 2016, Lahren appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a 26-minute interview segment. Many critics compared her appearance with former host Jon Stewart's friendly rivalry with Bill O'Reilly.[15][16][17]

On March 17, 2017, Lahren made a guest appearance on The View, where she claimed that women should have unlimited access to abortion. The statement prompted her to be suspended from TheBlaze for a week. Later in the week, a story by RedState revealed from a former TheBlaze employee that Lahren was "a nightmare to work with", and would frequently yell at and berate fellow employees at TheBlaze studios in Irving, Texas. [18] A week later, the New York Post reported that Lahren has been permanently banned from TheBlaze.

Political views

Lahren describes herself as a "constitutional conservative".[19] She has said that she is a commentator, not a journalist,[20] and has said that her shows are not about presenting news neutrally, but about commentary and "mak[ing] the news".[5]

Lahren's commentaries have been described by critics as often racist, a label she disputes.[1] She acknowledges that commentators have lampooned her as "White Power Barbie".[20] She has been described as an "anti-feminist who admires strong women", whose positions on immigration are similar to those of Donald Trump.[5] She has criticized African American people for various social issues, including drug abuse and unemployment.[5] She has stated that she believes in women's empowerment, and looks up to women from the political left and the political right.[5]

In July 2016, Lahren wrote a tweet comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.[5] Tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition in response asking for her to be fired from TheBlaze.[21] The petition was unsuccessful. In November 2016, Lahren released a video on the protests against Donald Trump.[22] In August 2016, she released a video criticizing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had been protesting racism by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before football games.[1]

In March 2017, Lahren stated that she was pro-choice, sparking criticism from a number of anti-abortion writers.[23][24]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Bromwich, Jonah Engel (December 4, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: Young, Vocal and the Right's Rising Media Star". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ http://thehill.com/homenews/media/325851-tomi-lahren-banned-permanently-from-the-blaze-report
  3. ^ "The Latest Big-Time Addition to TheBlaze TV Lineup Makes Her Debut — and She's Got a Message for Hillary". TheBlaze. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Tomi Lahren on Twitter". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wendling, Mike (November 30, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". Retrieved December 7, 2016 – via www.bbc.com. 
  6. ^ a b Hammond, Christy (September 21, 2014). Rapid City woman anchors political talk show at 22, Rapid City Journal
  7. ^ Soderlin, Barbara (May 7, 2010). Teens gear up for first job hunt, Rapid City Journal
  8. ^ "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". BBC. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ The Scramble - Episode 315, UNLV Journalism and Media Studies, youtube channel
  10. ^ "Who Is Tomi Lahren? 10 Things You Need to Know About the 24-Year-Old Conservative Commentator.". March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Beattie, James (July 20, 2015). Watch: News Anchor Gets Fed Up With Obama, Says What Everyone's Thinking In EPIC Rant, Western Journalism Center
  12. ^ Conley, Cole (July 21, 2015). TV host Tomi Lahren slams Obama's Middle East policy, USA Today
  13. ^ Roller, Emma (March 17, 2015). How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News, National Journal
  14. ^ "Tomi Lahren". The Blaze. November 8, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (December 1, 2016). "After that 'Daily Show' interview, is Tomi Lahren Trevor Noah's Bill O'Reilly?". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ Bradley, Laura (December 1, 2016). "The Daily Show Just Got One Step Closer to Reviving the Spirit of Jon Stewart". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ O'Neal, Sean (December 1, 2016). "Trevor Noah has his best interview yet with living Facebook screed Tomi Lahren". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ Estepa, Jessica (March 20, 2017). "Commentator Tomi Lahren suspended from The Blaze". USA Today. 
  19. ^ McGough, Cameron (March 18, 2017). "Conservative host Tomi Lahren came out as pro-choice". Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b Wilson, Jason (September 23, 2016). "The rise of Tomi Lahren, the media star lampooned as 'white power Barbie'" – via The Guardian. 
  21. ^ Tulp, Sophia (July 13, 2016). "Over 56,000 people want Tomi Lahren fired from The Blaze after KKK tweet". USA Today. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ Bryant, Nick. "CLINTON VS TRUMP HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?." Australian Women's Weekly 86, no. 3 (March 2016): 86. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2016).
  23. ^ Schmidt, Samantha (18 March 2017). "'I'm pro-choice,' says Tomi Lahren: 'Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Tomi Lahren Suspended From The Blaze". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 

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