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'''James Kirchick''' (born 1983) is an [[United States|American]] [[journalist]] and [[political commentator]].<ref name=autogenerated3>www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2007/08/05/left_out/</ref>
'''James Kirchick''' (born 1983) is an [[United States|American]] [[journalist]], [[political commentator]] and Jewish homosexual.<ref name=autogenerated3>www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2007/08/05/left_out/</ref> <ref>www.indegayforum.org/news/show/31319.html</ref>
Kirchick grew up in the [[Boston]] suburbs and is a 2006 graduate of [[Yale University]]. <ref name=autogenerated3 /> <ref>[http://www.examiner.com/a-527696~James_Kirchick__Columbia_University_must_maintain_its_good_name.html James Kirchick: Columbia University must maintain its good name - Examiner.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
Kirchick grew up in the [[Boston]] suburbs and is a 2006 graduate of [[Yale University]]. <ref name=autogenerated3 /> <ref>[http://www.examiner.com/a-527696~James_Kirchick__Columbia_University_must_maintain_its_good_name.html James Kirchick: Columbia University must maintain its good name - Examiner.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>

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James Kirchick (born 1983) is an American journalist, political commentator and Jewish homosexual.[1] [2] Kirchick grew up in the Boston suburbs and is a 2006 graduate of Yale University. [1] [3]


Kirchick began to attract national attention in January 2008, when, in an article published in The New Republic, he reported on decades-worth of newsletters published by Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, characterized by "obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays."

Kirchick's political views and commentary have not fit neatly into any particular box. Although he once canvassed for Ralph Nader and (in a 2006 Wall Street Journal article) identified himself as a "liberal Democrat"[4], he has also called himself a "conservative," "libertarian," and "recovering leftist."[1] Kirchick sided with the Yale-New Haven Hospital in its battle with Yale's unions and SEIU.[5][6] He has criticized "self-professed feminists",[7] and the protests of "diversity" activists who were "blaming Yale for the very existence of social inequality".[8] In addition, he is not a fan of anti-war professors,[9] "queer" activists (though Kirchick is openly gay),[10] and opponents of the Iraq War.[11][12] His articles frequently defended Yale University and the State of Israel. [13] [14] Kirchick criticized campus feminists and gays who called American society intolerant but would not criticize the “misogynistic and homophobic regimes” of the Taliban,” mocking them for prioritizing " other concerns such as single-sex bathrooms and fraternities," [15] [7] advocated for a return of ROTC and military recruitment on campus, [16] [17] asserted “the right of Israel to defend itself against annihilation,” [14] criticized what he considered the "far-left atmosphere" of the campus for “applauding falsehoods” following a speech by poet Amiri Baraka hosted by the Yale African American Cultural Center, [18] and failing to defend liberal values of individual rights. He has also criticized what he claims are attempts by the far left to stifle public debate on campus and in the country generally. [19] [20]. He was among the first to refer to former member of the Weather Underground and professor Bill Ayers as an "unrepentant terrorist" - in a piece attacking Ayer's adopted son (and classmate)[21] - two years before the phrase became a catchphrase in a 2008 presidential election controversy. [1]

His subsequent writing places him more firmly in the neoconservative camp, contributing to venues such as Commentary and The Weekly Standard. Here his writing has largely consisted of outspoken criticism of liberal or left-wing public figures and groups along with advocacy of an interventionist U.S. foreign policy, including support for the Iraq War.[22] He has also criticized American paleoconservatives such as Patrick Buchanan and libertarian Ron Paul.

News organizations contributions

Kirchick is an assistant editor of The New Republic and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. He has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News, The New York Sun and The Hill and has written for magazines including The Advocate, The Weekly Standard, The Boston Globe Magazine and Doublethink as well as The Wall Street Journal Europe, International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post, USA Today, The Boston Herald, National Post of Canada and other publications. He is a member of the Independent Gay Forum. [23]

Kirchick sometimes publishes under his nickname Jamie.



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