Robert Stacy McCain

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Robert Stacy McCain
Robert Stacy McCain (edit).jpg
Born (1959-10-06) October 6, 1959 (age 59)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
EducationJacksonville State University
OccupationJournalist, columnist, editor, blogger, author, political activist
Notable credit(s)The Washington Times, Donkey Cons,

Robert Stacy McCain (born October 6, 1959) is an American conservative journalist, writer, and blogger. McCain is a former assistant national editor and reporter for The Washington Times and co-author (with Lynn Vincent) of the 2006 book Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party. He is proprietor of the blog, The Other McCain.

Early life[edit]

Robert Stacy McCain was born on October 6, 1959.[1]


The Washington Times[edit]

McCain joined the staff of The Washington Times in November 1997. In addition to his regular duties as an editor, McCain also contributed numerous by-lined news and feature articles to The Washington Times. He frequently reported on controversial issues in the "culture war," including stories related to sexuality, education, and history. His writing about communism included feature stories about Joseph McCarthy, The Black Book of Communism, and the obituary of former U.S. Communist Party leader Gus Hall. McCain's reporting on controversies surrounding sexuality included features about Alfred Kinsey, the Jesse Dirkhising murder case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Judith Levine's controversial 2002 book, Harmful to Minors.[2]

In 2003, McCain was named editor of the "Culture, Etc." page of The Washington Times, which appears on Page A2 of the newspaper Monday through Friday. Over the years, McCain interviewed many prominent authors and personalities.

In 2006, McCain co-wrote Donkey Cons with Lynn Vincent (ISBN 978-1-59555-024-8), and created a blog to promote the book.[3]

McCain also contributed freelance articles, reviews and commentary pieces to a number of publications including The American Spectator,[4] Reason,[5] The American Conservative,[6] Ripon Forum,[7] and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture,[8] as well as such online forums as The Conservative Voice[9] and The American Thinker.[10]

2008 - present[edit]

In January 2008, McCain announced he would resign from The Washington Times in order to concentrate on a book project[11] and began blogging about the 2008 presidential race as "The Other McCain." In March 2010, McCain returned to the Times as a freelance writer, covering a New York congressional race with a candidate with connections to the Tea Party.

On March 13, 2013, McCain was named the editor-in-chief at[12]


The Southern Poverty Law Center reported in 2000 that McCain was once a member of the League of the South.[13][14] Writer Barrett Brown accuses McCain of failing to disclose conflicts of interest, writing in his book Hot, Fat and Clouded, that McCain is "a member of the sons of Confederate Veterans, for instance, an organization which the reader may recall from a few seconds ago, when McCain was covering it in the context of an objective news article regarding a controversial dispute between the organization of which he's a member and a fellow whom he and the organization both strongly opposed -- and who belonged to a certain race with whom McCain has elsewhere expressed great interest."[15]

Brown also accuses McCain of writing under the pseudonym "Burke C. Dabney" for the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance.[16]

Views and opinions[edit]

McCain was once a Democrat, but now supports conservative Republicans; he has said that "anything that is good for the Democratic Party is bad for America, and vice versa." He pointed to reading back issues of The Freeman, a libertarian magazine, through the mid-1990s, to explain his political conversion. McCain now identifies himself as a supporter of Austrian economic theory in the vein of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. He has come to believe that government imposition of broader social goals such as "social justice" cannot work out as a practical matter. He also calls himself "profoundly skeptical of radical notions of moral and political progress" in social issues, citing Edmund Burke as an influence.[17]

McCain said in March 2010 that he disagreed with the invasion of Iraq and wanted to express his criticism publicly at the time, but he could not do so since his supervisors and colleagues at The Washington Times did not approve. He remarked that "Any way you look at it, war is a very bad thing," while adding "but losing a war is worse" [italics in the original].[17]

Mediaite's Tommy Christopher once took McCain to task for appearing to excuse date rape when, in a blog post, McCain wrote about promiscuity among women: "Listen up, sweetheart: You buy the ticket, you take the ride." After indignation broke out among both liberal and conservative defenders of women, Christopher confronted McCain on-camera at the CPAC conference in March 2011, seeking clarity. McCain conceded the point, explained why he had been skeptical of a widely publicized date-rape accusation (against Julian Assange) and repeated after Christopher: "No means no; stop means stop." Writing about this encounter, Christopher remarked that "McCain still holds many opinions that I find objectionable, but I also think that [the video] places the 'character' that is RS McCain into a context that simply reading him does not."

Personal life[edit]

McCain lives on the Atlantic Seaboard with his wife. They have six children, whom they homeschooled. He is a Baptist, and has remarked, "I am a poor excuse for a Christian, but I really do have a deep faith in God".[17]

McCain frequently derides Senator John McCain as "Crazy Cousin John". The distant kinship is based on a common ancestor in South Carolina listed in the 1790 Census.[18]


  1. ^ Fincher: 300 Years in the USA. A.W. Fincher. 2003. p. 537.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  3. ^ "Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2007.
  5. ^ "Robert Stacy McCain".
  6. ^ The American Conservative
  7. ^ Final GMA for Ripon Archived May 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "MONKEYS IN THE CLASSROOM: September 2006". Chronicles Magazine.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved December 16, 2007.
  10. ^ "Articles: Magazine Madness".
  11. ^ McCain Says Farewell – FishbowlDC Archived October 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ ViralRead Signs Robert Stacy McCain as Editor in Chief Archived March 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "League of the South Considers 'Black Spring Break' in Biloxi a Call to Arms". Southern Poverty Law Center. September 15, 2000. Archived from the original on February 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Heidi Beirich (January 17, 2008). "The house cleaning continues at the Washington Times". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  15. ^ Brown, Barrett (May 1, 2010). Hot, Fat, and Clouded: The Amazing and Amusing Failures Of America's Chattering Class. Sterling & Ross, Cambridge House Press. p. 196. ISBN 0982139144.
  16. ^ Brown, Barrett (May 1, 2010). Hot, Fat, and Clouded: The Amazing and Amusing Failures Of America's Chattering Class. Sterling & Ross, Cambridge House Press. p. 206. ISBN 0982139144.
  17. ^ a b c "Interview with RS McCain of The Other McCain". Jumping in Pools (a group blog). March 30, 2010.
  18. ^ McCain, Robert Stacy (August 9, 2010). "VIDEO: John McCain Admits What Everybody Always Knew: He's a Liar". The Other McCain. Retrieved September 26, 2010.

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