Matt Welch

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Matt Welch
Born Matthew Lee Welch
(1968-07-31) July 31, 1968 (age 46)
Occupation Journalist, political commentator
Spouse(s) Emmanuelle Richard
Website
http://mattwelch.com/

Matthew Lee "Matt" Welch (born July 31, 1968) is an American blogger, journalist, and libertarian political pundit.[1][2] Since 2008, he has been the editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason.[3] From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.[4] In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne, now a writer for Gawker.[5]

In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,[6] Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda.[7][8][9][10] Through a FOIA request, Welch obtained a copy of McCain's War College thesis which, based on his experience as a POW, argued for the teaching of US foreign policy to military recruits."[11]

He has also researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others.[12][13][14] Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work."[15] Welch earned the award for "Best Entertainment Review/Criticism/Column" in the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club, for his work, "Bailing Out Big Brother: Media criticism goes from rebelling against media oligarchs to handing them a lifeline."[16]

A lifelong Los Angeles Angels fan, Welch is a frequent commenter on Halos Heaven.[17] He is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have one daughter.

In 2011, Matt Welch co-wrote The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason.tv Editor Nick Gillespie.[18] He has become a frequent commentator on cable news shows, and is currently the co-host of the Fox Business Network current events and political discussion show, The Independents.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Welch, Matt. "Reason magazine articles". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ Matt Welch - A Libertarian Critique of John McCain (2008-02-01). "Matt Welch - A Libertarian Critique of John McCain Video". Mefeedia.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ ""The Myth of a Maverick": Matt Welch on GOP Frontrunner John McCain". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Reason Magazine - Staff > Matt Welch > Hit & Run Posts". Reason.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ Welch, Matt. "Tablod.net". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ McCain (0230603963) WELCH - Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave-usa.com. 2006-11-06. Archived from the original on ?. Retrieved 2009-06-11.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  7. ^ "The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch". Ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. ^ "BuzzFlash Review: McCain: The Myth of a Maverick (Hardcover)". Buzzflash.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ "W. James Antle III on McCain: The Myth of a Maverick on National Review Online". Article.nationalreview.com. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal . Mickey Edwards and Matt Welch on McCain | PBS". PBS<!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  11. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2008-06-15). "In ’74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain’s War Views". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  12. ^ "Reason Magazine - The Politics of Dead Children". Reason.com. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  13. ^ Welch, Matt (2002). "Iraqi death toll doesn't add up". National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  14. ^ "The Iraqi babies scam is still alive". Archived from the original on 2003-09-04. 
  15. ^ Rosen, Mike (2002-03-15). "U.S., U.N. not to blame for deaths of Iraqis". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2002-04-14. 
  16. ^ "Radley Balko Named "Journalist of the Year," Reason Wins Three Other First Place Prizes at the Southern California Journalism Awards". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Halos Heaven. Your Angels Blog.". 
  18. ^ "Books - Matt Welch". Amazon.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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