Matt Welch

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Matt Welch
Born Matthew Lee Welch
(1968-07-31) July 31, 1968 (age 47)
Bellflower, California[1]
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.[2][3] Welch was born in Bellflower, California and raised in Long Beach, California.[1] Since 2008, he has been the editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason.[4] From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.[5] In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne, now a writer for Gawker.[6] In the mid-1990s, he was one of the founders of the Prague-based newspaper Prognosis.[7]

In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,[8] Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda.[9][10][11][12] 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."[13]

He has also researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others.[14][15][16] Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work."[17] 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."[18]

A lifelong Los Angeles Angels fan, Welch is a frequent commenter on Halos Heaven.[19] 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.[20] 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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  1. ^ a b http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/details.asp?aID=9449&
  2. ^ Welch, Matt. "Reason magazine articles". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ ""The Myth of a Maverick": Matt Welch on GOP Frontrunner John McCain". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Reason Magazine – Staff > Matt Welch > Hit & Run Posts". Reason.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ Welch, Matt. "Tablod.net". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ https://medium.com/@PoitrasBook/prague-reverb-7ef2e588a69c.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ "The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch". Ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  10. ^ "BuzzFlash Review: McCain: The Myth of a Maverick (Hardcover)". Buzzflash.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal . Mickey Edwards and Matt Welch on McCain | PBS". PBS<!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  13. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2008-06-15). "In ’74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain’s War Views". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Reason Magazine – The Politics of Dead Children". Reason.com. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  15. ^ Welch, Matt (2002). "Iraqi death toll doesn't add up". National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  16. ^ "The Iraqi babies scam is still alive". Archived from the original on 2003-09-04. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Radley Balko Named "Journalist of the Year," Reason Wins Three Other First Place Prizes at the Southern California Journalism Awards". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Halos Heaven. Your Angels Blog.". 
  20. ^ "Books – Matt Welch". Amazon.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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