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Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
At the 2008 RightOnline Summit
in Dallas, Texas (2008)
Born Michelle Maglalang
(1970-10-20) October 20, 1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ethnicity Filipino
Citizenship American
Alma mater Oberlin College - (B.A., 1992)
Occupation Author, syndicated columnist, television personality, and blogger
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Spouse(s) Jesse D. Malkin (1993–present)
Children 2
Website Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang; born October 20, 1970) is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, and author.[2][3] Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites.[2] She is a Fox News Channel 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.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Books 3
  • Blogging 4
    • 4.1
      • Jamil Hussein 4.1.1
      • Students Against War controversy 4.1.2
    • Hot Air 4.2
    • VDARE 4.3
  • Viewpoints 5
    • Citizenship 5.1
    • Immigration enforcement 5.2
    • Unemployment benefits 5.3
    • Women's issues 5.4
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

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 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 originally 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."[1][10]


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]

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.[15] 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 and Fox & Friends once a week.

Malkin founded the websites Hot Air, an internet broadcast network, and, a Twitter content curation site.[16]


Malkin has written five books.

  • In 2004, she wrote peer review and argued that its central thesis is false.[20][21] As a result of the controversy, the Hawaii-based newspaper MidWeek dropped her column in August 2004;[22] The Virginian-Pilot called her "an Asian Ann Coulter" and dropped her column in November 2004.[23] Malkin responded: "I'm not Asian, I'm American," and described the comparison to Coulter as "a compliment."[24]
  • Malkin's third book, Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, was released in October 2005.[25]
  • Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Malkin's fourth book, was released in July 2009[26] and was a The New York Times Non-Fiction, Hardcover Best Seller for six weeks.[27][28][29] Malkin said she hoped the book would "shatter completely the myths of hope and change in the new politics in Washington," described the Obama administration as run by "influence peddlers, power brokers and very wealthy people," and called it "one of the most corrupt administrations in recent memory."[30] She later discussed chapter two of the book, "Bitter Half: First Crony Michelle Obama," on NBC's Today show. She described Michelle Obama as "steeped in the politics of the Daley machine," and as having based her professional career on nepotism and "old white boy" network connections.[31]
  • Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs, released May 2015,[32] presents stories of American inventors and business people, directly challenging the "you didn't build that" statement made by President Barack Obama on July 13, 2012.[33]


In June 2004 Malkin successfully launched a political blog,[34] A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers",[35] and Technorati ranks consistently in its "Top 100 blogs of all types".[36] In 2011, the people search company PeekYou claimed that Malkin had the largest digital footprint of any political blogger.[37]

After she 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,[38] but decided to retract this notice[39] after the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin and Hot Air in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law.[40]

In an interview with BusinessWeek 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."[41]

She continued to contribute frequently to, and in June 2007, she revamped it, moving it to a larger server on WordPress.[42] With the new redesign, she re-enabled comments on her blog, which she said she had disallowed after February 2005 due to a high level of obscene and racist comments.[43] 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."[44]

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."[45] Malkin has since issued a correction for her denial of Hussein's existence.[46] Malkin contests the extent of damage to the mosques as reported by the AP. Malkin visited Iraq and stated, "several mosques did, in fact, come under attack by Mahdi Army forces." She further speculated that a corroborating witness to the Hussein account who had, according to the AP, recanted due to Iraqi government pressure, instead recanted because his story wasn't true. Malkin said the summary reports she obtained from US and Iraqi army officials didn't corroborate the claim about people being burned alive while Iraqi soldiers failed to intervene.[45]

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".[47] 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".[48] The students asked Malkin to remove the contact details from her blog, but Malkin reposted them several times[49] 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."[47]

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."[50] A blog war ensued. Malkin claimed that she received hostile e-mails[51] 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.[52]

Another controversy involving private addresses began on July 1, 2006, when Malkin and other bloggers commented on a [54]

Hot Air

On April 24, 2006, Hot Air, a "conservative Internet broadcast network," went into operation, with Malkin as founder/CEO.[55] 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".[56] Her staffers included 'Allahpundit' and Bryan Preston, though the latter was replaced by Ed Morrissey on February 25, 2008.[57] In February 2010, was bought by Salem Communications and is no longer administered by Malkin.[58]


Malkin has been a contributor to VDARE, a website which flowed out of the best-selling book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster,[59] since 2002. The book and the website criticize US immigration policy after 1965 from a conservative perspective.[60] Huffington Post and Daily Kos have referred to VDARE as controversial because of its alleged ties to white supremacist rhetoric and because of what they see as its support of scientific racism and white nationalism.[61]



Malkin believes that the custom of granting automatic citizenship at birth to U.S.–born children of foreign tourists, temporary foreign workers, and illegal aliens undermines the integrity of citizenship and national security. She 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".[62]

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). Following the August 2007 execution-style murder of three college students in Newark, New Jersey, she repeated her criticisms of politicians' posture toward sanctuary cities. In particular, she criticized former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's proposal for a tamper-proof identification card with this comment:

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.[64][65] Malkin supports the detention and deportation of some immigrants, regardless of legal status, on national security grounds.[19]

Unemployment benefits

During an appearance as a news analyst on the roundtable segment of ABC's 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."[66]

Women's issues

In a February 2012 column, Malkin called the "War on Women" a false narrative, arguing rather that "It's the progressive political left in this country that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs."[67]

Personal life

At Oberlin, she began dating Jesse Malkin[68] who was granted a Rhodes Scholarship to begin study at Oxford University in 1991.[69] 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.[70] 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.[68][71]

In 2006, Malkin gave a lecture at her alma mater, Oberlin College, discussing racism, among other topics.[72] 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."[72] 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.[72]

Malkin and her family lived in North Bethesda, Maryland until 2008 when they relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado.[73][74]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nahm, H Y. "Michelle Malkin: The Radical Right's Asian Pitbull", "Goldsea Asian American". Retrieved July 16, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Right at home" Pitts, Jonathan. The Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2008, page E 1.
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard. "A Hard Right Punch: Michelle Malkin's Conservative Fight", The Washington Post, February 16, 2007,page C1.
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  7. ^ Malkin, Michelle, (April 9, 2010), "The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church",, April 9, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  8. ^ On Air Personalities: Michelle Malkin. Fox News. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  9. ^ Bookshelf: Invasion By Michelle Malkin, Reviewed by Jan Ting, Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Spring 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  10. ^ Article preview. "Michelle Malkin", The American Enterprise, September 1, 2005. Retrieved on October 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Fox News Bios. “Fox News Contributor”,””. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  12. ^ Europe Advises U.S. Officials on Climate, Washington Post, March 6, 2009
  13. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Michelle Malkin's Latest Opinion Column HLML", Creators Syndicate
  14. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Michelle Malkin's Latest Opinion Column RSS", Creators Syndicate.
  15. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Geraldo Rivera unhinged",, September 1, 2007.
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  17. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-89526-075-1
  18. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-89526-051-4
  19. ^ a b Japanese American citizens League. "JACL Responds to 'Defense of Internment, Case for Race Profiling'","", August 24, 2004. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  20. ^ Historians' Committee for Fairness. "Open Letter to Michelle Malkin" History News Network, August 31, 2004. (archived from the original on 2007-08-05).
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  23. ^ Editor & Publisher Staff."Virginia Paper Drops Columnist Malkin", Editor and Publisher, November 22, 2004. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  24. ^ Malzberg, Steve. "Malkin - Liberal Bigotry on the Rise",, November 28, 2004.
  25. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0-89526-030-1
  26. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2009, ISBN 1-59698-109-1
  27. ^ Best Sellers, Hardcover Nonfiction, The New York Times, September 11, 2009
  28. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Lead Story: Culture of Corruption hits #1: Thank you!",, August 5, 2009.
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  30. ^ Malkin, Michelle."Interview on the Sean Hannity Show","Fox News Channel",, July 27, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
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  34. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Extreme Makeover", "", June 8, 2004.
  35. ^ Budoff, Carrie. "GOP issues rules to avoid Macaca moments", The Politico, June 13, 2007
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  38. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Akon's record company abuses DMCA to stifle criticism on YouTube",, May 3, 2007.
  39. ^ Malkin, Michelle."UMG & YouTube retreat over Akon report",, May 14, 2007
  40. ^ Press release. "Malkin Fights Back Against Copyright Law Misuse", Electronic Frontier Foundation, May 9, 2007
  41. ^ Small Business. "Michelle Malkin and Hot Air",, July 14, 2007.
  42. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Welcome to the new!","", June 19, 2007.
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  45. ^ a b Malkin, Michelle. "Fact-checking the AP and Jamil Hussein",, January 21, 2007.
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  47. ^ a b Malkin, Michelle. "Seditious Santa Cruz vs. America", "", April 12, 2006
  48. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "More Thuggery In Santa Cruz",, April 17, 2006
  49. ^ Sentinel. "Malkin moves, takes child from school, as SC students retaliate", "Santa Cruz Indymedia", April 22, 2006. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  50. ^ Students Against The War. "Far-Right Threats Fail to Distract from Santa Cruz Protest Successes", April 19, 2006,
  51. ^ Malkin, Michelle."The Moonbats Strike Back",, April 17, 2006.
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  53. ^ Kilborn, Peter T."Weekends with the President's Men" The New York Times June 30, 2006.
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  55. ^ "Conservative Internet Broadcast Network Debuts", PR Web, April 24, 2006, Accessed July 18, 2009
  56. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Hot Air turns One",, April 24, 2007.
  57. ^ Morrissey, Ed."The Road Goes Ever On" February 25, 2008
  58. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "A note on the acquisition of Hot Air" February 21, 2010
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  62. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "What makes an American?", Jewish World Review, July 4, 2003. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  63. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Sanctuary Nation or Sovereign Nation: It’s your choice", "", August 15, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  64. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Bush's Open Borders Nominees" Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  65. ^ Sanctuary Nation or Sovereign Nation: It's your choice Update: Illegal alien deportation evader Elvira Arellano will leave church sanctuary to participate in amnesty march, By Michelle Malkin, August 15, 2007,
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  70. ^ Goldman, Dana P, and Malkin, Jesse D. "The Health Savings Account Mirage", United Press International, February 20, 2006.
  71. ^ Michelle Malkin, America’s broken health insurance system, August 27, 2004,
  72. ^ a b c Beckhardt, Jon. "Michelle Malkin, Alumna Pundit, Lambastes the Left", The Oberlin Review, February 17, 2006
  73. ^ Lloyd Grove, Michelle Malkin Has Feelings, Too, September 22, 2009, The Daily Beast.
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External links

  • Official website
  • Michelle Malkin Features at Creators Syndicate
  • Archive of Malkin's columns at
  • "Columnist isn't smiling over swastika in rally photo". Rocky Mountain News. February 19, 2009.
  • "Michelle Malkin: Grace, gratitude, and G-d". Jewish World Review. November 24, 2004.
  • Archive of Malkin's columns at Jewish World Review
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , December 8, 2002.Invasion interview with Malkin on Booknotes
    • interview with Malkin, January 3, 2010In Depth
  • Works by or about Michelle Malkin in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • profile
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