Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

At the RightOnline Summit
in Dallas, Texas (2008)
Born Michelle Marie Maglalang
October 20, 1970 (1970-10-20) (age 41)
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 Jesse D. Malkin (m. 1993)
Children 2
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.


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 was raised a Roman Catholic, and remains one to this day.[1][7] She 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] While attending Oberlin, Malkin began writing for an independent, right-of-center student newspaper that was started by Jesse Dylan Malkin, a fellow student.[9] 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,[10] and later described her alma mater as "radically left-wing".[1][11]


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,[12] a free-market, anti-government regulation, libertarian think tank[13][14] 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.[15][16]

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.[NB 1][18] 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. In December 2009, Malkin began writing for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

In August 2004, following claims by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that presidential candidate John Kerry had exaggerated his record during the Vietnam War, Malkin appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and stated that there were "legitimate questions" over whether Kerry's wounds were "self-inflicted". When host Chris Matthews asked her eleven times whether she meant Kerry had shot himself on purpose, she dodged the question,[19] but ultimately said that other soldiers had made this claim.[citation needed] Malkin criticized Matthews and the MSNBC staff in her blog the following day.[19] Georgia Senator Zell Miller accused Matthews of "browbeating" Malkin.[20]


Malkin has written four books, all published by Regnery Publishing.

  • Her first book, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces (2002)[21] was a New York Times bestseller.
  • Malkin's third book, Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, was released in October 2005.[30]
  • Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Malkin's fourth book, was released in July 2009[31] and was a The New York Times Non-Fiction, Hardcover Best Seller for six weeks.[32][33][34] 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."[35] 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.[36]



In June 2004 she launched a political blog, MichelleMalkin.com.[37] A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers",[38] and Technorati ranks MichelleMalkin.com consistently in its "Top 100 blogs of all types".[39] The people search company PeekYou claims Malkin has the largest digital footprint of any political blogger.[40]

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,[41] but decided to retract this notice[42] after the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin and Hot Air in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law.[43]

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."[44]

She continued to contribute frequently to MichelleMalkin.com, and in June 2007, she revamped it, moving it to a larger server on WordPress.[45] 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.[46] Subscribed readers could once again post comments, 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."[47]

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, "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."[48] Malkin has issued a correction for her denial of Capt. Hussein's existence[49]

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".[50] 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".[51] The students asked Malkin to remove the contact details from her blog, but Malkin reposted them several times[52] 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."[50]

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."[53] A blog war ensued. Malkin claimed that she received hostile e-mails[54] 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.[55]

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.[56] 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".

Hot Air

On April 24, 2006, Hot Air, a "conservative Internet broadcast network" went into operation, with Malkin as founder/CEO.[57] 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".[58] Her staffers included 'Allahpundit' and Bryan Preston, though the latter was replaced by Ed Morrissey on February 25, 2008.[59] In February 2010, Hotair.com was bought by Salem Communications and is no longer administered by Malkin.[60]



Malkin believes that the custom of granting automatic citizenship at birth to children of tourists and temporary workers, and to "anchor babies"[NB 2] delivered by illegal aliens on American soil, undermines the integrity of citizenship. She argues that the custom of blanket birthright citizenship is supported neither by the Fourteenth Amendment nor by legal precedent.[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). Following the August 2007 execution-style murder of three college students in Newark, New Jersey, she repeated her criticisms of politicians' posture towards sanctuary cities. 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] Malkin supports the detention and deportation of some immigrants, regardless of legal status, on national security grounds.[23]

Unemployment benefits

During an appearance as a news analyst on the roundtable segment of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on August 2, 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]

Personal life

At Oberlin, she began dating Jesse Malkin.[9] Jesse was granted a Rhodes Scholarship to begin study at Oxford University in 1991.[66] They married in 1993, and have two children. Jesse worked as an associate policy analyst and economist focusing on healthcare issues for the RAND Corporation.[67] In 2004, Malkin reported on her website that Jesse had left a "lucrative health-care consulting job" to be a stay-at-home dad.[68][9]

In 2006, Malkin gave a lecture at Oberlin College discussing racism, among other topics.[69] She refuted allegations that she had been insensitive to the "plight of minorities" by 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".[69] After returning home in tears because kindergarten classmates had called her a racist name, Malkin said her mother comforted her and told her "everyone has prejudice".[69]

The family lived in North Bethesda, Maryland,[70] but relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado[71] in November 2008.


  1. ^ Rivera said, in part, "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" and "It's good she's in D.C. and I'm in New York, I'd spit on her if I saw her."[17]
  2. ^ "Anchor baby" is a term used by illegal immigration reductionists, among others, in the United States to describe a child born in the U.S. to illegal aliens.


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  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.
  4. ^ Lamb, Brian. Booknotes Transcript on "Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists", Booknotes, December 8, 2002. (archived from the original on 2007-10-13)
  5. ^ "In Depth". Book TV. January 3, 2011. http://www.booktv.org/Watch/11186/In+Depth+Michelle+Malkin.aspx. 
  6. ^ Malkin, Michelle (December 3, 2004). "Maglalangadingdong this". MichelleMalkin.com. http://michellemalkin.com/2004/12/03/maglalangadingdong-this/. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Malkin, Michelle, (April 9, 2010), "The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church", MichelleMalkin.com, April 9, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  8. ^ On Air Personalities: Michelle Malkin. Fox News. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
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  10. ^ Bookshelf: Invasion By Michelle Malkin, Reviewed by Jan Ting, Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Spring 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Article preview. "Michelle Malkin", The American Enterprise, September 1, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  12. ^ Fox News Bios. “Fox News Contributor”,”FoxNews.com”. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  13. ^ Europe Advises U.S. Officials on Climate, Washington Post, March 6, 2009
  14. ^ Competitive Enterprise Institute “Competitive Enterprise Institute”
  15. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Michelle Malkin's Latest Opinion Column HLML", Creators Syndicate
  16. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Michelle Malkin's Latest Opinion Column RSS", Creators Syndicate.
  17. ^ Shanahan, Mark. "Making waves: controversial celebrity newsman Geraldo Rivera", The Boston Globe, September 1, 2007.
  18. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Geraldo Rivera unhinged", MichelleMalkin.com, September 1, 2007.
  19. ^ a b Bauder, David (September 13, 2004). "He really gets under their skin: Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's 'Hardball,' seems to be hitting his stride as the presidential race heats up". Article Collections, Presidential Elections (2004). Associated Press (Los Angeles Times). http://articles.latimes.com/2004/sep/13/entertainment/et-bauder13. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  20. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (September 3, 2004). "Matthews and Miller: Spitballs at 10 Paces". The Washington Post: p. C.07 (page 3 online). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57900-2004Sep2.html. 
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  22. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-89526-051-4
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  25. ^ Brown, Douglas (September 2, 2004). "In disgrace or in defense?". Denver Post.: p. F.01. 
  26. ^ Malkin, Michelle (August 27, 2004). "Book Buzz". michellemalkin.com. http://michellemalkin.com/2004/08/27/book-buzz-2/. 
  27. ^ Editor & Publisher Staff."Virginia Paper Drops Columnist Malkin", Editor and Publisher, November 22, 2004. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  28. ^ Malzberg, Steve. "Malkin - Liberal Bigotry on the Rise", NewsMax.com, November 28, 2004.
  29. ^ Malkin, Michelle."A Book-Banning Dodged--Thank You!", "MichelleMalkin.com", May 7, 2005, has links to Malkin's responses to criticisms of In Defense of Internment
  30. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0-89526-030-1
  31. ^ Regnery Publishing, 2009, ISBN 1-59698-109-1
  32. ^ Best Sellers, Hardcover Nonfiction, The New York Times, September 11, 2009
  33. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Lead Story: Culture of Corruption hits #1: Thank you!", michellemalkin.com, August 5, 2009.
  34. ^ Hardcover Nonfiction - List - NYTimes.com
  35. ^ Malkin, Michelle."Interview on the Sean Hannity Show","Fox News Channel", FoxNews.com, July 27, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
  36. ^ Matt Lauer, Michelle Malkin (2009-07-29) (Flash). Today show (Television production). NBC News. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/32200089#32200089. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  37. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Extreme Makeover", "MichelleMalkin.com", June 8, 2004.
  38. ^ Budoff, Carrie. "GOP issues rules to avoid Macaca moments", The Politico, June 13, 2007
  39. ^ Technorati Top 100
  40. ^ score.peekyou.com
  41. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Akon's record company abuses DMCA to stifle criticism on YouTube", MichelleMalkin.com, May 3, 2007.
  42. ^ Malkin, Michelle."UMG & YouTube retreat over Akon report", MichelleMalkin.com, May 14, 2007
  43. ^ Press release. "Malkin Fights Back Against Copyright Law Misuse", Electronic Frontier Foundation, May 9, 2007
  44. ^ Small Business. "Michelle Malkin and Hot Air", Businessweek.com, July 14, 2007.
  45. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Welcome to the new michellemalkin.com!","MichelleMalkin.com", June 19, 2007.
  46. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Comments, Trolls, and the Left's Continued Whore Fixation", MichelleMalkin.com, February 8, 2005
  47. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Terms of Use"
  48. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Fact-checking the AP and Jamil Hussein", MichelleMalkin.com, January 21, 2007.
  49. ^ Malkin, Michelle (January 6, 2007). "Corrections". MichelleMalkin.com. http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006641.htm. "As I noted on the 4th, the AP reported that the Ministry of Interior in Iraq has now said a Captain Jamil Hussein does work in the al Khadra police station. I regret the error. But no blogger should apologize for raising legitimate questions about AP’s transparency, its reliance on local foreign stringers of dubious origins, and information that sources such as Hussein have provided the AP." 
  50. ^ a b Malkin, Michelle. "Seditious Santa Cruz vs. America", "michellemalkin.com", April 12, 2006
  51. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "More Thuggery In Santa Cruz", MichelleMalkin.com, April 17, 2006
  52. ^ Sentinel. "Malkin moves, takes child from school, as SC students retaliate", "Santa Cruz Indymedia", April 22, 2006. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  53. ^ Students Against The War. "Far-Right Threats Fail to Distract from Santa Cruz Protest Successes", April 19, 2006,
  54. ^ Malkin, Michelle."The Moonbats Strike Back", MichelleMalkin.com, April 17, 2006.
  55. ^ Sideman, Roger. "Cyber war over UCSC protest heats up", Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 22, 2006.
  56. ^ Kilborn, Peter T."Weekends with the President's Men" New York Times June 30, 2006.
  57. ^ "Conservative Internet Broadcast Network Debuts", PR Web, April 24, 2006, Accessed July 18, 2009
  58. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Hot Air turns One", HotAir.com, April 24, 2007.
  59. ^ Morrissey, Ed."The Road Goes Ever On" February 25, 2008
  60. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "A note on the acquisition of Hot Air" February 21, 2010
  61. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "What makes an American?", Jewish World Review, July 4, 2003. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  62. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Sanctuary Nation or Sovereign Nation: It’s your choice", "MichelleMalkin.com", August 15, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  63. ^ Malkin, Michelle. "Bush's Open Borders Nominees" Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  64. ^ Jenks, Edmund. "Gee! Let Us Just Enforce 287(g)" "NowPublic.com", August 16, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  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. 
  66. ^ "Rhodes Scholars Selected". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 10, 1990. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/10/us/rhodes-scholars-selected-for-1991.html?scp=1&sq=jesse%20malkin%20rhodes%20scholar&st=cse. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  67. ^ Goldman, Dana P, and Malkin, Jesse D. "The Health Savings Account Mirage", United Press International, February 20, 2006.
  68. ^ Michelle Malkin, America’s broken health insurance system, August 27, 2004, michellemalkin.com.
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  71. ^ Lloyd Grove, Michelle Malkin Has Feelings, Too, September 22, 2009, The Daily Beast.

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