Ed Morrissey

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Ed Morrissey in October 2011

Ed Morrissey (born April 3, 1963) is an American conservative blogger, columnist, motivational speaker, and talk show host.[1] He goes by the nickname Captain Ed and he currently lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.[2] He wrote his original blog, "Captain's Quarters", from October 2003 to February 2008. He now works full-time as a blogger for Hot Air.[1][3] and writes a column for The Week. He also participates in Bloggingheads.tv[4]

His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Sun, the New York Post, and the Daily Standard.[1]


Morrissey was born April 3, 1963.[5] He is based in Minnesota's Twin Cities and is part of the "Northern Alliance Radio Network", with ties to Power Line and Hugh Hewitt. Morrissey used to live in California.[2]

Captain's Quarters[edit]

Morrissey started his blog in October 2003, basing its name on his nickname "Captain" Ed. ("Captain" is "just a nickname", not a rank.[2]) It focused largely on politics, from a conservative viewpoint. The blog grew in popularity and readership. By 2007, the National Republican Senatorial Committee was calling Captains Quarters one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers."[6]

People who have written "guest posts" on Captain's Quarters include Senator John McCain,[7] Congressman Duncan Hunter,[8] and Senator James Inhofe.[9]

Adscam coverage[edit]

In 2005, a Canadian judge issued a gag order that barred Canadian media from covering the hearings of the Gomery commission, which was investigating the "Sponsorship scandal" (better known as "Adscam"), a scandal involving allegations that the Liberal Party of Canada had been funneling government funds through Canadian advertising firms. A source in the Canadian legal media – still publicly unknown – circumvented the gag order, feeding the details of the Gomery hearings to Morrissey, who published them on the blog.[10]

As a result, Morrissey's blog became for a few weeks one of Canada's most-viewed news sources (his traffic rising at the height of the story to 400,000 visitors a day, mostly Canadians, from his usual 30-40,000). Morrissey's coverage was considered by some to have been a key factor in the victory of the Conservative in the subsequent national elections.[11]

Morrissey in other media[edit]

In April 2007, Morrissey left his job as manager of a call center to take up a "full-time position with Blog Talk Radio as Political Director."[12] Morrissey hosts a daily internet talk show, contributes to one of the company's blogs, and leads outreach and development for the company among politicians, candidates, and political bloggers. He left his full-time position at Blog Talk Radio when he joined Hot Air, in early 2008.

Morrissey is one of the few media pundits to have been named as both the "Best Person in the World" and then, later, the "Worst Person in the World" by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. He has said, in response, that he is "very amused".[13]

Hot Air[edit]

On March 1, 2008,[14] Morrissey became a full-time blogger, joining the pseudonymous Allahpundit at Hot Air (news site), a group blog founded by Michelle Malkin. He also hosts the daily Ed Morrissey Show.


  1. ^ a b c Ed Morrissey, Premiere Motivational Speakers. Published 2008. Accessed May 2, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c About Captain Ed. CaptainsQuartersBlog.com Accessed May 2, 2009.
  3. ^ I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together. Ed Morrissey, CaptainsQuartersBlog.com, February 29, 2008
  4. ^ Heads: M. Bloggingheads.tv Accessed May 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ed Morrissey – About". Facebook. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "GOP issues rules to avoid Macaca moments", Carrie Budoff, The Politico, June 13, 2007
  7. ^ "Guest Post: Senator John McCain On North Korea", John McCain, Captain's Quarters, October 10, 2006
  8. ^ "Guest Post: Rep. Duncan Hunter", Duncan Hunter, Captain's Quarters, March 19, 2007
  9. ^ "Senator James Inhofe: Secure Borders Now", James Inhofe, Captain's Quarters, June 21, 2007
  10. ^ On-line journal provokes a firestorm, Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, May 4, 2005
  11. ^ Did blogosphere influence vote?, Dave Kopel, Rocky Mountain News, January 28, 2006
  12. ^ http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/009676.php
  13. ^ http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/22/was-olbermann-a-victim-of-his-own-success/
  14. ^ "The Road Goes Ever On", Ed Morrissey, Captain's Quarters, February 25, 2008

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