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Matt Sanchez
Born December 1, 1970 (1970-12-01) (age 39)
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Education Columbia University
Occupation Journalist

Matt Sanchez (born December 1, 1970) served as a Marine reservist with the rank of corporal and has worked as a journalist on assignment as an embed on tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sanchez was awarded the first Jeane Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award in March 2007 at the Conservative Political Action Conference for displaying "academic courage" while attending Columbia University.[1] Shortly afterward, as a result of media coverage at the conference, it was revealed that Sanchez had performed in gay pornographic films in the early 1990s.[2][3][3] Later in 2007, Sanchez also became a source for reports on the Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy, providing key information to author/blogger Michelle Malkin.[4]


Marines Corps service and inquiries

Sanchez in Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform in 2003

In 2003, Sanchez joined the United States Marine Corps and was trained as a refrigeration mechanic with the rank of corporal.[2] On March 16, 2007, John Hoellwarth, a staff writer for Military Times Media Group, reported that Sanchez was the subject of a Marine Corps inquiry about his appearances in gay pornographic videos and related allegations.[2] Of concern was whether "Sanchez had enlisted prior to the end of his film career," "if Reserve Marines were prohibited from doing porn when not in a drilling status," and "how the current 'don't ask, don't tell' policy might apply."[3]

In an article published April 1, 2007 by the Marine Corps Times, Hoellwarth wrote that the Marine Corps was also investigating reports that Sanchez had "wrongfully solicited funds to support [his] purported deployment to Iraq." According to the article, a Marine investigator accused Sanchez of "coordinating a $300 payment from the New York City United War Veterans Council and $12,000 from U-Haul."[5] Sanchez told the newspaper that the charges were "demonstrably false," and that he never collected any funds from the listed organizations.[5]

Political activism at Columbia University

In 2005, while a junior at the Columbia University School of General Studies,[6] Sanchez said he was harassed by students during the Fall 2005 "Activities Day" while manning the table for the Columbia Military Society. According to Sanchez, he was approached by members of the International Socialist Organization, an anti-war campus group who told him he was stupid for serving in the military. According to Mark Xue, president of the military society who was at the table with Sanchez, "They were telling him that he was stupid and ignorant, that he was being brainwashed and used for being a minority in the military."[6] Sanchez made a series of formal complaints to the university, which upon investigation found no grounds for punishing the three accused students.[6] The accused dispute Sanchez's account of the events. In a Columbia Daily Spectator editorial, "The Conservative Witch Hunt," Zach Zill wrote that while he did make clear that he found on-campus military recruitment offensive, he had done so without the use of epithets and derogatory language.[7] Monique Dols, another of the accused Socialists, stated the complaint was false and "a discrediting campaign against us."[6]

Sanchez and others in the student group MilVets, an organization for on-campus veterans, had also voiced their frustration at what they perceived to be a lack of regard for veterans on the campus. In February 2006, the university amended its non-discrimination policy to include "military status" for protection from harassment. According to the University, this was not a policy change, but merely a "semantic clarification," as the words "military status" replaced "disabled or Vietnam era veteran."[8]

Media coverage and CPAC

On December 4, 2006, Sanchez wrote an opinion piece for the New York Post, titled, "Diversity Double-Talk: Ivy's 'Inclusion' excludes Military,"[9] which led to his being invited onto various conservative talk shows in January 2007 to discuss the incident.

On March 2, 2007, Sanchez was awarded the Jeane Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).[10] A featured speaker at the conference, Ann Coulter, made controversial remarks at the event, indirectly referring to presidential candidate John Edwards as a "faggot".[11] In an article for, Sanchez discussed how a photograph of him taken at the conference with Coulter brought him to the attention of bloggers, one of whom recognized him as a former pornographic gay film star.[12] In the same article, Sanchez stated that bloggers had compared him to Rich Merritt, author of Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star, and Jeff Gannon, a conservative journalist who was outed as a gay escort.[13]

Journalism and commentary

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Matt Sanchez reported on the Iraq War as an embedded journalist.[14] He provided commentary and reports for WorldNetDaily[15] and, including as an embedded reporter in Afghanistan.[16] His work has appeared in the National Review Online,[17] The Weekly Standard,[18] and Human Events.[19] Sanchez is multilingual and has written articles and conducted interviews in English, Spanish and French.[20][21]

Sanchez was a source associated with criticism of Scott Beauchamp's "Baghdad Diarist" writings which appeared in The New Republic.[22] The story became nationally known when military bloggers (milbloggers) and Weekly Standard editor Michael Goldfarb raised doubt about the validity of the reports of the "Baghdad Diarist".[23]

Selected Filmography

In the early 1990s, Sanchez performed in gay pornographic movies, appearing as Pierre La Branche and Rod Majors.[2][3] However, in a 2007 interview, Sanchez commented that "I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul" and that he considers his pornographic career an identity outgrown.[1][12] [24]

As "Rod Majors"

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As "Pierre LaBranche"


  1. ^ a b Barbara Wilcox (March 8, 2007). "Matt Sanchez: I'm "bad at being gay"". The Advocate. Retrieved January 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e John Hoellwarth (March 16, 2007). "Corps may investigate cpl’s gay porn past". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hoellwarth, John (March 17, 2007). "Reservist acknowledges gay porn past". Navy Times: Navy News. Army Times Publishing Company. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  4. ^ Foer, Franklin (December 10, 2007). "Fog of War: The story of our Baghdad Diarist.". The New Republic. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Hoellwarth, John (April 1, 2007). "Sanchez investigation wraps up today". Marine Times (Army Times Publishing Company). Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d Brunts, Laura (January 25, 2006). "A Firm Stance". Columbia Daily Spectator: News. Columbia Spectator. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ Zill, Zach (January 27, 2006). "The Conservative Witch Hunt". Columbia Daily Spectator: Opinion. Columbia Spectator. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ Mireles, Matt (March 24, 2006). "Discrimination Policy Amended: New Policy Wording Adds Military Status to Protected Group List". Columbia Daily Spectator: News. Columbia Spectator. Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  9. ^ Sanchez, Matt (December 4, 2006). "Diversity Double Talk Ivy's 'Inclusion' excludes Military". New York Post (Internet Archive). Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sample Agenda: Friday, March 2, 2007". American Conservative Union. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Coulter under fire for anti-gay slur". Cable News Network. March 4, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  12. ^ a b Sanchez, Matt (April 8, 2007). "Porn Free". Salon: Opinion Editorial. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  13. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (February 20, 2005). "White House's Loyal Reporter Once Worked as Gay Hooker". The Independent. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ Matt Sanchez (July 8, 2007). "Marines Mentor 'Spray and Pray' Iraqi Troops". Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  15. ^ Matt Sanchez (July 29, 2008). "U.N. didn't notice $10 million disappearing". Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
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  22. ^ "Sanchez: Army concludes Beauchamp investigation". Hot Air. Retrieved September 18, 2007. 
  23. ^ "Reporting from FOB Falcon". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved September 18, 2007. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "Rod Majors Filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Porn Star Turned Republican Poster Boy Exposed". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  26. ^ "Review of Jawbreaker". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  27. ^ "Review of Idol Country". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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From Wikiquote

Matthew Sanchez (March 2008)

Matthew Sanchez (born December 1, 1970) is an American journalist. He served as a Marine reservist and attained the rank of corporal. Sanchez was awarded the first Jeane Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award in March 2007 at the Conservative Political Action Conference.[1] As a result of media coverage at the conference, it was revealed that Sanchez had performed in gay pornographic films in the early 1990s.[2][3]


  • Most people in the university [ Columbia University ], including the administration, are very biased against the military.
    • Greenwald, Shlomo, "At Columbia, First ROTC Event Since '72", The New York Sun, May 17, 2006.
  • There's no such thing as a gay Marine, or a Latino Marine, or a black Marine. It's just Marines. I think that's really important to say. I'm a Marine, first and foremost.
Matthew Sanchez in Afghanistan (July 2007)
  • Unlike any other player on the board, the press has no oversight, no mandate, few penalties, and even fewer consequences. Because there are not enough reporters on the ground, too many bureaus have outsourced both their reporting and standards to third party stringers whose spectacular videos of explosions and inflated body counts have shown up on both jihadist recruiting sites and American television screens, simultaneously.
  • Columbia students called me a baby killer, but remained silent for Ahmadinejad. I'm not sure if that was out of fear for the Iranian president or admiration.
    • Colon, Alicia, "Free Speech For All?", The New York Sun, September 28, 2007, p. 4.
  • I joined the Corps not because I couldn't make it elsewhere or because I needed money to go to school. No signing bonus was going to turn me into a soldier. I became a Marine because I wanted to be among the best, just as I applied to Columbia because I wanted to be among the brightest. I knew both required a high price.
    • Patterson, Robert (February 26, 2008). War Crimes. Three Rivers Press. p. 39. ISBN 0307338274.  


  1. Barbara Wilcox (March 8, 2007). Matt Sanchez: I'm "bad at being gay". The Advocate. Retrieved on 2008-01-05.
  2. John Hoellwarth (March 16, 2007). Corps may investigate cpl’s gay porn past. Marine Corps Times. Retrieved on 2007-05-05.
  3. Hoellwarth, John (March 17, 2007). Reservist acknowledges gay porn past. Navy Times: Navy News. Army Times Publishing Company. Retrieved on 2007-04-04.
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