Byron York
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 68)
EducationUniversity of Alabama (BA)
University of Chicago (MA)
Spouse1
RelativesTom York (father)

Byron York (born December 5, 1955) is an American conservative correspondent, pundit, columnist, and author.[1]

Education

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York holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

Career

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York joined The Washington Examiner as chief political correspondent in 2009. He was previously a White House correspondent for National Review. He is also a syndicated columnist. Before working for National Review, York was a news producer at CNN Headline News and an investigative reporter for The American Spectator.

He has also written for The Atlantic, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and the New York Post. He has appeared on such programs as Meet the Press, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The O'Reilly Factor, Meet the Press, Special Report, The Laura Ingraham Show, and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and has contributed occasional commentaries to National Public Radio. For a brief period in 2005 he was a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. He has taken part in discussions with other media personalities at BloggingHeads.tv.

Political positions

In 2001, York criticized President Bill Clinton's pardon of Susan McDougal, who had served three months in prison for Contempt of court related to her involvement in the Whitewater scandal.[2]

In 2005, York posited a plot by the Democratic Party to "take down" President George W. Bush in his book The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

In 2007, York called on President Bush to give a full pardon to Scooter Libby, who was sentenced to prison for obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements in the Plame affair.[3]

In 2010, York wrote an op-ed titled "Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem", which argued that President Obama was to blame for the widespread misconception that he was Muslim. York wrote that Obama had written about his Muslim grandfather and noted that members of his extended family were Muslim. York said that the Obama campaign had "shouted down even a measured discussion of the topic", and "to the outside observer, Obama sometimes doesn’t appear to practice any faith at all. Put it all together, and is it any wonder the public is confused?"[4][5][6][7]

According to the Toronto Star, York has "[led] the inquiries into the alleged deep-state conspiracy against Trump".[8] According to Slate, York has "[spread] conspiracy theories about the FBI."[9] York suggested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election could be compromised because of an alleged friendship to former FBI Director James Comey, whom President Trump fired.[10][11] York supported Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham's recommendation of criminal charges against Christopher Steele, one of the people who sought to expose Russian interference in the 2016 election. They alleged that Steele had lied to federal authorities. However, federal authorities have not filed charges against him for lying.[12] In July 2018, when Maria Butina, an accused Russian spy who had sought to involve herself in the NRA and the Republican Party, was arrested, York downplayed the charges.[13]

In February 2019, York argued that the attempt by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to compel the release of President Trump's tax returns amounted to the "ultimate fishing expedition".[14]

In 2020, during the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, York criticized a statement by former President George W. Bush which said it was "time for America to examine our tragic failures." York said it was "remarkable" that Bush "almost completely ignored riots, violence."[15]

Shortly before the 2020 presidential election, York wrote a piece in the Washington Examiner analyzing a findings simulation that claimed Joe Biden wouldn't concede the election if he lost, and claiming that Biden would pressure Democratic governors to reject Trump's victory in their states and that House Democrats would refuse to acknowledge Trump's victory. He also asserted that Trump would concede if he lost.[16] However, in reality, the opposite occurred. Trump lost the election, refused to concede, and pressured Republican governors to reject the results, all while numerous Republican officials, including in the House of Representatives, refused to acknowledge Biden's victory and voted to reject the electors.

Family and personal life

He is the son of Tom York, a longtime television personality from Birmingham, Alabama, and Helen Hamilton (born 1929). His nephew is Washington Examiner's Life and Arts editor, Park MacDougald. He is married, and plays the guitar and the mandolin.[17]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Parker, Ashley (August 11, 2011). "8 Republican Candidates Trade Attacks in Iowa Debate". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Dish, The Daily (July 10, 2007). "Byron York on the Pardons Of Scooter Libby and Susan McDougal". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Dish, The Daily (July 10, 2007). "Byron York on the Pardons Of Scooter Libby and Susan McDougal". The Atlantic. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Here Is Someone Trying to Blame the 'Obama Is a Muslim' Myth on Obama". New York Intelligencer. August 20, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Obama: The Muslim misconception". theweek.com. August 20, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Nation's foremost thinkers: It's Obama's fault that people think he's a Muslim (and also he technically is)". Salon. August 20, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  7. ^ York, Byron. "Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem". www.jewishworldreview.com. Archived from the original on February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "The pro-Trump campaign to win hearts and minds over Russia probe | The Star". thestar.com. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Stern, Mark Joseph (December 14, 2018). "The Weekly Standard's Dismantling Is Terrible News for Conservatism and Journalism". Slate Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Swanson, Ian (June 12, 2017). "The Memo: Trump allies turn fire on Mueller". The Hill. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (June 12, 2017). "Trump's media allies are making the case for firing Robert Mueller". Vox. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Mayer, Jane (March 5, 2018). "Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Scher, Bill (July 22, 2018). "Republicans have a problem named Mariia". Politico. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Chait, Jonathan (February 13, 2019). "Republicans Trying, Failing to Come Up With Good Reasons to Conceal Trump Taxes". New York Intelligencer. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Alberta, Tim (June 8, 2020). "Is This the Last Stand of the 'Law and Order' Republicans?". Politico. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Kilgore, Ed (September 8, 2020). "Trump Backers Make a Case for Stealing Election, Before Biden Gets the Chance". Intelligencer. Archived from the original on September 8, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  17. ^ Kleinhenz, Stephan (September 13, 2018). "Q&A with Washington Examiner Political Correspondent Byron York". The Collegian. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  18. ^ "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy by Byron York | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved May 4, 2019.