October 28, 1967 |
|Occupation||Columnist, television and radio personality|
Todd Starnes (born October 28, 1967) is an American conservative occasional columnist, commentator for television and radio host. He has appeared on Fox and Friends and Hannity. In June 2017, Starnes began hosting a syndicated talk radio show on Fox News Radio.
Starnes was born in Memphis, Tennessee. During the mid-1990s he attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where he worked as a editor of the college newspaper, The Clarion. In 2007 he was assigned to cover Barack Obama's presidential campaign and traveled as an embed reporter in the final weeks of the 2008 election. During that time he also filled in on occasion as the radio network's White House correspondent. He reported from the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In 2011 Starnes was named the host of "Fox News & Commentary".
Starnes became a featured Fox News columnist in 2011. His weekly column is read online and through syndication.
He is the author of four books: They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick, (2009), "Dispatches From Bitter America" (2011), "God Less America" (2014), and "The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again" (2017).
Starnes' strongly conservative views, which he likes "to spice it up a little bit" to generate reader interest, have also generated controversy.
Firing from Baptist Press
In 2003, when Starnes was employed by the Baptist Press, he was accused of falsifying quotes made during an interview of then U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. The interview spawned national headlines and several members of Congress called on Paige to resign due to comments on religion and the public schools. Ultimately, the Baptist Press issued an apology noting "factual and contextual errors" made by Starnes, and noted that he would "no longer will be employed to write for the Baptist Press". Starnes joined Fox News Channel in 2005 as a radio news anchor.
In 2012, Starnes said that the public school system was responsible for the increase in support for same-sex marriage. Starnes said that the public schools were "indoctrination centers".
In 2015, he courted controversy for his response to the film American Sniper, stating of the main character: "Jesus would tell that God-fearing, red-blooded American sniper, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ "
Charleston church shooting
In the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, he remarked that removing symbols of the old Confederacy from public places was "cultural cleansing." He has also advocated that the Confederacy treated slaves "humanely" and African-Americans had "no reason to march for civil rights" as their life was better in the United States than "anywhere else in the world".
- Hibbard, Laura (May 16, 2012). "Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio Host, Blames Public Schools For Rise Of Same-Sex Marriage Support". The Huffington Post.
- Staff. "Starnes to join Baptist Press as SBC service's staff writer". www.bpnews.net. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- Merritt, Jonathan. "How One Fox News's Contributor Is Compromising the Network's Credibility". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- Hagelin, Rebecca. "It's Not Freedom From Religion - Part 2". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- Cavanagh, Sean (2002-04-16). "Ed. Dept. Says Paige Remarks Mischaracterized - Education Week". Education Week (Web). Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- "1st Miss America of Indian descent slammed as Arab". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
- "Fox Host Todd Starnes Outraged That Indian-American Nina Davuluri Won Miss America". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
- "War on film: Bleeding red and blue". The Economist. 31 Jan 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Krissah Thompson (30 January 2015). "Michelle Obama joins Bradley Cooper to praise 'American Sniper'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Fang, Marina (24 June 2015). "Some Republicans Compare Taking Down Confederate Symbols To ISIS Destroying Cultural Monuments". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2015.