David Pakman

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David Pakman
Pakman in 2012
Born David Pakman
(1984-02-02) February 2, 1984 (age 31)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Residence New York, New York
Citizenship United States, Argentina
Education MBA - Bentley University
BA - University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alma mater University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA)
Bentley University (MBA)
Occupation Syndicated television, radio, & internet talk show host, political pundit, political analyst
Movement Progressive

David Pakman (born February 2, 1984) is an Argentinian-born American television and radio host, political commentator, Internet personality, and political activist. He is best known as the host of the internationally syndicated political television and talk radio program The David Pakman Show (TDPS) and Managing Director of Vivid Edge Media Group, the production company for TDPS. A naturalized US citizen, Pakman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised from age five in the United States. Typically a progressive, Pakman has been critical of both Democratic and Republican elected officials and administrations.

In addition to hosting TDPS, Pakman has appeared on numerous national, regional, local, and international media outlets providing political commentary.[1][2][3][4] Pakman also works as a new media consultant, often working with independent programs and broadcast platforms. Pakman's first appearance on cable news came on April 4, 2014 with an appearance on Fox News discussing the controversial resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.[1] Pakman subsequently appeared on CNN,[5] HLN's Nancy Grace program,[6] and HLN's Dr Drew on Call,[7] and was featured in Mother Jones[8] and the Boston Herald.[4][9]

Early life and education[edit]

Pakman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina[10] and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1989, when he was five years old. He grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and graduated from Northampton High School, later attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts where he double-majored in Economics and Communication. He subsequently earned an MBA degree from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Pakman worked several jobs as a high-school and university student,[11] and has spoken extensively about being employed by now-defunct electronics retailer Circuit City.[12][13]

With the move of The David Pakman Show to New York City, Pakman also moved there in August 2013.

Political views[edit]

Pakman, through his hosting of TDPS, has been outspoken in his belief that money in politics and the campaign finance system, in connection with the dominance of corporate media over the national dialogue about political issues, are the preeminent issue with the American political system.

On social issues, Pakman supports LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, and is pro-choice. Pakman has long advocated the liberalization of drug laws, specifically with regard to marijuana, particularly in connection to the failure of the War on Drugs and the use of drug criminalization to disproportionately imprison minorities and poor people in the United States. Pakman is opposed to capital punishment due to the combination of lack of deterrent value, multiple exonerations of death row inmates, disproportionate application to poor people and minorities, and for additional reasons.[14]

While a regular Democratic voter, Pakman is registered as an independent. Pakman has long held the view that while there are significant differences between Democrats and Republicans, elected officials in both parties are typically part of the plutocratic system of government that he identifies on TDPS. Pakman does not advocate abstention from voting, stating that as bad as the status quo is, the Republican Party wants to keep voter turnout low, because higher voter turnout traditionally leads to more progressive victories in elections.

The David Pakman Show[edit]

Main article: The David Pakman Show

The David Pakman Show is a television, radio, and internet political program hosted by David Pakman, currently airing on over 160 television and radio stations,[15] on DirecTV and DISH Network through Free Speech TV, on YouTube as part of The Young Turks Network, and via internet podcast. The program first aired in August 2005 on WXOJ-LP ("Valley Free Radio"), located in Northampton, Massachusetts, as Midweek Politics with David Pakman, and has since been nationally syndicated.


On January 24, 2013, Pakman came to realize that he had been identified in the documentary film Minnesota Nice as a gay teenager who had committed suicide.[16] Pakman clarified this in a YouTube video,[16] indicating that he was not gay, not a teenager, and not dead.

On the April 15, 2014 edition of HLN's Dr. Drew On Call, Pakman was identified as former Neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan member Frank Meeink.[17] Pakman was scheduled to be interviewed later on during that program.[18]

Personal life[edit]

While the topic of the TDPS audience believing Pakman is gay regularly comes up on broadcasts,[19] Pakman is heterosexual and considers himself a straight ally of the LGBT rights movement.[20] Pakman says that he received "a relatively secular Jewish upbringing, but I’ve always been highly involved with my Jewish background, socially and culturally; I’m part of a local Jewish group and I attend their events. It’s just generally how I identify."[10]


  1. ^ a b "YouTube - David Pakman on Fox News: Mozilla CEO Resigns After Anti-Gay Donation". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Group Launches #Openzilla Campaign to Combat Intolerance of 'Faith Driven Views' | VICE News". news.vice.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "OK, Cupid, Where's the Line? Mozilla CEO's Exit Over Gay Rights Shows Split in Valley - Bloomberg". bloomberg.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Press & News | The David Pakman Show". davidpakman.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "White supremacist suspect in Jewish Center shooting faces hate crime charges – Erin Burnett OutFront - - CNN.com Blogs". outfront.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "YouTube - David Pakman on Nancy Grace's HLN Show: KS Shooting Suspect Glenn Miller Interview". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "David Pakman on HLN Dr. Drew on Call: KS Shooting Suspect Glenn Miller - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "LISTEN: Alleged Kansas Gunman Frazier Glenn Miller Discusses the Tea Party, Obama, and Ron Paul | Mother Jones". motherjones.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "KC rampage suspect told UMass grad: ‘I hate all Jews’ | Boston Herald". bostonherald.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Judy Polan (April 8, 2010). "Q & A with David Pakman: Radio host becomes host of midweek politics". Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Question: What Were Your First Jobs? - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Have You Worked in Retail? Have Funny Stories? - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hilarious Retail Stories - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Support for Death Penalty Lowest in 40 Years - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Stations | The David Pakman Show". davidpakman.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "David Pakman Suicide Death Rumor NOT TRUE - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "David Pakman Identified As Former Neo-Nazi KKK Member by HLN - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Oops! CNN’s Headline News erroneously identifies Jewish host as ‘former neo-Nazi’". rawstory.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ "YouTube - Hatriot Mail: David's Boyfriend". youtube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Gay Teen Writes to Straight Ally for Help". YouTube. David Pakman Show. May 29, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 

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