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Michelle Malkin
Born Michelle Maglalang
20 October 1970 (1970-10-20) (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nationality American
Education Oberlin College
Occupation Author, syndicated columnist, television personality and blogger
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Jesse Malkin
Michelle Malkin, Hot Air

Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang; born October 20, 1970) is an American conservative, blogger and author.[1][2] Her weekly, syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites nationwide.[1] She has been a guest on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by a leading conservative publisher, Regnery.


Personal life

Malkin was born in Philadelphia to Rafaela, a schoolteacher, and Apolo, an aspiring doctor--[3] both Philippine citizens who had arrived in the U.S. earlier that year. At the time, her father was a physician-in-training with an employer-sponsored visa.[3][4] She is one of two children; she has a younger brother.[5] Malkin grew up in the small southern New Jersey town of Absecon, where she was raised in the Catholic faith.[3] Malkin cited a formative event when she was in kindergarten: One day, the other children called her a racist name, and she went home crying. Her mother comforted her and told her that, "everyone has prejudice." She has said that she is "eternally grateful" for that counsel.[6]

Malkin attended Holy Spirit Roman Catholic High School, where she edited the school newspaper and planned to become a concert pianist.[3]

In 1988, Malkin enrolled at Oberlin College. She later described her alma mater as a "radically left-wing, liberal arts college".[3][7] While at Oberlin, she changed her major from music to English and began writing for an independent newspaper, the editor of which was her future husband, Jesse Malkin. In her first article for the paper, she attacked Oberlin's affirmative-action program and received a "hugely negative response" from her fellow students, considering she was a minority herself.[3]

In 1993, Malkin married Jesse Malkin, a Rhodes Scholar,[8] who later worked as associate policy analyst and economist for military think-tank, the Rand Corporation.[9] Jesse was also a stay-at-home dad raising their daughter and son.[10][11]

In November 2008, Malkin announced that she had moved to El Paso County, Colorado.[12] She eventually converted to become an Evangelical Christian.[13]


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,[14] a Libertarian think tank[15] which is dedicated to the promotion of free enterprise without government regulation.[16] 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.[17][18]

For many years, Malkin was a frequent commentator for Fox News Channel 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. Rivera, while objecting to her views on immigration, says, "Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I've ever met in my life. She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people." He added, "It's good she's in D.C., and I'm in New York. I'd spit on her if I saw her."[19][20] Since 2007, she has concentrated on her writing, blogging and public speaking, although she still appears on television occasionally, especially with Sean Hannity on Fox News. (Meanwhile, Rivera has become a weekly regular on "The O'Reilly Factor.") In December 2009, Malkin began writing for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.


Her first book, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces, was published in 2002 and was a New York Times bestseller.

In 2004, she wrote In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror, defending Japanese American internment by the United States government during World War II, minimizing the hardships of the detention camps, and arguing that the same procedures could be used on Arab- and Muslim-Americans today. The book engendered harsh criticism from several Asian American civil rights organizations.[21] As reported by Malkin, an attempt to ban the book from the Manzanar National Historic Site (a former relocation and internment camp) failed.[22] The "Historians' Committee for Fairness," a group of professors, condemned the book for not having undergone peer review and argued that its central thesis is false.[23][24] The Hawaiian-based newspaper Midweek dropped her column as a result of the controversy.[25] In November 2004, The Virginian-Pilot dropped her column, calling her, among other things, "an Asian Ann Coulter."[26] Malkin responded, "I'm not Asian, I'm American, for goodness' sake. I would take the comparison to Ann Coulter as somewhat of a compliment. I have a lot of respect for Ann Coulter".[27]

Malkin's third book, Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, was released in October 2005.

Culture of Corruption book release and tour

Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Malkin's fourth book, was released on July 27, 2009, and attained #1 best seller status by August 5, 2009. The book spent six weeks at #1 on the hardcover non-fiction section of the New York Times Best Seller list.[28][29][30] Malkin has embarked on a media tour, covering both TV and radio outlets to promote the book. Malkin described an objective of the book in a July 27, 2009 interview with Sean Hannity, saying "what I have done is to help shatter completely the myths of hope and change in the new politics in Washington by scouring every nook and cranny, every inch of this administration, and showing how in a very short span of six months they have betrayed every principle and every promise that they have made by installing these influence peddlers, power brokers and very wealthy people". Discussing her theme of corruption Malkin said: "you have to judge them by their rhetoric, and if you look at the gap between the rhetoric and the reality, this has to be one of the most corrupt administrations in recent memory."[31]

Malkin appeared on NBC's Today show on July 29, 2009 where she explained the title for chapter 2 of her book, "Bitter Half: First Crony Michelle Obama" as deriving from her view that Michelle Obama "was steeped in the politics of the Daley machine" and that she "is beholden to the type of hardball politics that Barack Obama says he is against." Stating that Michelle Obama's "entire professional career was based on nepotism", Malkin went on to say that "despite Michelle Obama's Princeton thesis where she whined and moaned about the old boy network and how she couldn't get ahead because of her skin color, in fact it was a farce because it was one of those old white boys who put her in that position in the first place."[32]


In June 2004 she launched a political blog, MichelleMalkin.com.[33] A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers",[34] and today on Technorati, her blog ranks as one of the top 100 blogs of all types.[35]

After Malkin criticized hip hop artist Akon for "degrading women" in a Vent episode, Akon's record label, Universal Music Group, forced YouTube to remove the video by issuing a DMCA takedown notice,[36] but decided to retract this notice[37] after the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin and Hot Air in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law.[38]

In an interview with Business Week magazine in July 2007, Malkin said, "We’re doing what few other blogs can do. We serve up terabytes of bandwidth... I'm shelling out for gold-plated servers. That's expensive, and we want to be able to withstand huge traffic surges."[39]

She continued to contribute frequently to MichelleMalkin.com, and in June 2007, she revamped it, and moved it to WordPress and a larger server.[40] With the new redesign, she re-enabled comments on her blog, which she had disallowed after February 2005 due to a high level of obscene and racist comments.[41] Subscribed readers could once again post comments after that, although registration for the comments is rarely open. Malkin states her policy thus: "I may allow as much or as little opportunity for registration as I choose, in my absolute discretion, and I may close particular comment threads".[42]

Hot Air

On April 24, 2006, Hot Air, a "conservative Internet broadcast network" went into operation, with Malkin as founder/CEO.[43] She intended the blog to provide "content and analysis you can't get anywhere else on a daily basis–both on the blog and in our original video features."[44] Her staffers included Allahpundit" and Bryan Preston, though the latter was replaced by Ed Morrissey on February 25, 2008.[45] In February 2010, Hotair.com was bought by Salem Communications and is no longer administered by Michelle.[46]


John Kerry

In August 2004, following claims by Swift Vets and POWs for Truth that presidential candidate John Kerry had exaggerated his record during the Vietnam War, Malkin appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Malkin stated that there were "legitimate questions" over whether or not Kerry's wounds were "self-inflicted." When host Chris Matthews pressed her over the implication that Kerry had shot himself on purpose, she said that other soldiers had made this claim.[47][48] Malkin called Matthews a "foaming jerk" in her blog the following day.[48] Georgia Senator Zell Miller accused Matthews of "browbeating" Malkin.[49]

Jamil Hussein

Malkin was one 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 that: "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."[50] Malkin has issued a correction for her denial of Capt. Hussein's existence [51] but still contests AP claims of destroyed mosques and civilians burned alive.

Students Against War

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".[52] 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."[53] The students asked Malkin to remove the contact details from her blog, but Malkin reposted them several times [54] 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."[52]

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." [55] A blog war ensued. Malkin claimed that she received hostile e-mails[56] 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.[57]

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.[58] 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." Within two days, the Center for American Progress reported that Rumsfeld's office had given permission for the Times story and that the Secret Service said there was no security threat.[59][60]



In a July 4, 2003 column in Jewish World Review, Malkin, herself a U.S citizen born to foreign parents, took a position in opposition to the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, asserting that "the custom of granting automatic citizenship at birth to children of tourists and temporary workers such as Hamdi, tourists, and to countless 'anchor babies' delivered by illegal aliens on American soil, undermines the integrity of citizenship-not to mention national security.".[61]

Immigration enforcement

Malkin also opposes sanctuary cities, in which local authorities do not enforce all national immigration laws or coordinate with agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In light of the August 2007 execution-style murder of three college students in Newark, New Jersey, she has repeated her criticisms of politicians' posture towards sanctuary cities. (The prime suspect in the murders is an illegal immigrant with a history of violent felonies.) In particular, she criticized former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's proposal for a tamper-proof identification card with this comment:

What Rudy-come-lately fails to comprehend is that there are already multiple alien tracking databases mandated by federal law that have yet to be fully implemented, integrated and used. The reason they don’t work is because open-borders interests have sabotaged them by restricting funding for them, objecting to them on civil liberties grounds, and pushing local and state governments to forbid public employees from checking them to verify citizenship status. Ring a bell, Rudy?[62]

She supports coordination with federal authorities through the use of Section 287(g) of the IIRIRA to investigate, detain, and arrest aliens on civil and criminal grounds.[63][64]

Unemployment benefits

Malkin was a guest news analyst on the roundtable segment of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on August 2, 2009 in which she suggested that extending unemployment benefits was a cause of the high unemployment rates of 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]



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  10. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "America’s broken health insurance system, MichelleMalkin.com, August 27, 2004.
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  13. ^ Malkin Tells Face The State Radio She Moved to Colorado
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  15. ^ Europe Advises U.S. Officials on Climate, Washington Post, March 6, 2009
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  49. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (September 3, 2004). "Matthews and Miller: Spitballs at 10 Paces". The Washington Post: p. C.07. 
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  60. ^ Sargent, Greg (July 3, 2006). "SECRET SERVICE SAYS TIMES ARTICLE ON CHENEY, RUMSFELD HOMES IS NOT A SECURITY THREAT; RUMSFELD'S OFFICE CONFIRMS GIVING PERMISSION FOR PHOTO OF HIS HOUSE.". The American Prospect Online. http://web.archive.org/web/20061017121837/http://www.prospect.org/horsesmouth/2006/07/post_193.html. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
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  62. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Sanctuary Nation or Sovereign Nation: It’s your choice", "MichelleMalkin.com", August 15, 2007.
  63. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Bush's Open Borders Nominees"
  64. ^ Jenks, Edmund. "Gee! Let Us Just Enforce 287(g)" "NowPublic.com", August 16, 2007.
  65. ^ George Stephanopoulos, Al Hunt, Michelle Malkin, Gerald Seib, Cynthia Tucker. (2009-08-02) (Flash). This Week with George Stephanopoulos. [Television production]. ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=8233167. 

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Michelle Malkin (Born October 20, 1970) is a conservative blogger, political commentator and author. She runs a weekly syndicated column.

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