Allahpundit (born September 5, c. 1972) is an anonymous blogger, and the lead reporter for the blog Hot Air, once owned by conservative commentator and author Michelle Malkin. His co-blogger on Hot Air is Ed Morrissey, former proprietor of the Captain's Quarters blog.
Allahpundit guest-blogged for Michelle Malkin in March and April 2006, before becoming the most active contributor to Malkin's Hot Air news website (which is widely referenced by bloggers and blog-sympathetic reporters).
The Hot Air website has also served as a foundation for Ed Morrissey's podcasting endeavors. Since 2008, it has also used a more open-blog style format, with the inception of the "Green Room," where selected free-lance bloggers can post, and sometimes have their entries "promoted" to the main page, in a fashion similar to that of the Daily Kos or RedState.
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Allahpundit's prominence on Hot Air has been a contentious issue for some of the site's most religious readers,[who?] as Allahpundit is often criticized[by whom?] for his atheism and for his frequent criticisms of (and sarcasm toward) then-Governor Sarah Palin. Allahpundit is also known for his frequent posts on pop-culture and his self-deprecating humor (he often refers to himself, for example, as a "beta male").
When Michelle Malkin owned Hot Air, she received some pushback[by whom?] for keeping "Allahpundit" on her payroll, particularly from the more socially conservative readers. (Malkin had not posted on Hot Air very frequently, but was occasionally referred to as "the Boss" now "Boss Emeritus.") Both Allahpundit and Morrissey frequently disagreed with her take on the affairs of the day, and both have political positions[which?] that are significantly different from her own.
Allahpundit's old site contained a disclaimer to the effect that his moniker was not, in fact, "anti-Muslim," as some casual visitors[who?] were wont to assume.
Allah Is In The House Blog
Allah Is in the House began on August 27, 2003. The author wrote using the name of Allah, using similar language to that of terrorist organizations but assuming the viewpoint of God. (The author distinguished between the violent and hateful viewpoint being satirized and the viewpoint of mainstream Muslims.) The blog specialized in written and Photoshop-based political satire. After a hiatus in May 2004, the blog reemerged, continuing its satiric nature while largely abandoning the "Allah voice". However, after October 2004 the blog stopped being regularly updated and abandoned the web address allahpundit.com. After occasional entries at allahakbar.blogspot.com, the blog shut down altogether.
In September 2004, Allahpundit was a key player in the debunking of the Killian documents controversy. Mary Mapes, producer of 60 Minutes, blamed Allahpundit, among others, for "working anonymously in what appeared to be huge numbers, in unison, to destroy the Bush-Guard story." Largely due to this controversy, the website was among the Top Blogs Cited in Political Postings for the United States presidential election, 2004.
The blog's unique approach and timely humor caused it to become popular days after its inception, and its informative nature and wry wit led it to be cited by many of the top conservative bloggers and many blog-sympathetic writers  of the time including Roger L. Simon, who wrote, "These days I learn more from Allahpundit, where I found this link, than I ever do from Meet the Press." Posts from AllahP's oldAllah Is in the House blog are archived at the Internet Archive, although the image files, which include the Photoshopped pictures[who?] for which the site was quite well known, are not. AllahPundit has stated that he is unlikely to do PhotoShops in the future, due to his grueling writing/posting schedule.
In 2007, Michelle Malkin credited AllahPundit (often referred to as "AP," or "AllahP") with "turn[ing] the site into a must-read" and thus causing it to rise in popularity "from nowhere to a top-30 site on Technorati's Top 100 list."
- Michelle Malkin, "Hot Air embraces change", hotair.com (February 24, 2008)
- michellemalkin.com (March 2006 archives)
- michellemalkin.com (April 2006 archives)
- James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today", Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal (October 17, 2006).
- Mary Mapes, Truth and Duty, p. 201.
- Blogpulse Campaign Radar 2004.
- instapundit.com (September 17, 2004).
- "Called To Ministry?", hughhewitt.com (April 21, 2008).
- "New York Times vs. News York Sun", michellemalkin.com (September 13, 2004).
- "Allah Has Got the Pictures", captainsquartersblog.com (December 11, 2003).
- James Taranto "Best of the Web Today", Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal (March 22, 2004).
- Jim Geraghty, "Interesting Suspects of who gave CBS the memos", National Review Online (September 14. 2004).
- Archives of Allah Is in the House.
- Michelle Malkin, "Drudge disses Hot Air", hotair.com (March 19, 2007).