Jonah Goldberg Biography
Jonah Goldberg is an American conservative syndicated columnist, author, political analyst, and commentator. Goldberg has written about politics and culture for the Los Angeles Times, where he is a weekly opinion columnist and is a senior editor at National Review. He slated to depart the National Review during the 2019 summer, while continuing his fellowship at the National Review Institute, in order to become a founding editor at a competing online opinion and news entity.
He is the author of Liberal Fascism, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller shortly after its release in January 2008, The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, released in 2012, and Suicide of the West, which was published in April 2018 and also became a New York Times bestseller, reaching #5 on the list the following month.
Jonah Goldberg Age
Jonah Goldberg was born on March 21, 1969, in New York City, New York, United States. He is 50 years old as of 2019.
Jonah Goldberg Net worth
Jonah Goldberg earns his income from his as a conservative syndicated columnist, author, political analyst, and commentator. He also earns his income from his businesses and other related organizations. He also earns his from Awards industry. He has an estimated net worth of $ 2 million dollars.
Jonah Goldberg Education
In 1987, Jonah Goldberg graduated from high school in the United States. He left Bew York city to attend Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, from which he earned his bachelor’s in 1991. He was active in student politics and served as the co-editor of the school newspaper, The Quindecim, for two years.
Jonah Goldberg Family
Jonah Goldberg was born in New York City, New York, United States to Lucianne Goldberg (mother) and Sidney Goldberg (father). His grandparents were Raymond Leonard Steinberger (grandfather) and Lucy Jane Steinberger (grandmother). His brother Joshua Goldberg Lucianne Goldberg died in 2011 from a fall. His father died in 2005 and was left with his mother, Lucianne.
Jonah Goldberg Wife
Jonah Goldberg is married to Jessica Gavora, chief speechwriter and senior policy adviser to former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The couples were blessed with one daughter He lives in the Palisades, Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
Jonah Goldberg Conservative syndicated columnist
While at Goucher, Goldberg was active in student politics and served as the co-editor of the school newspaper, The Quindecim, for two years. Goldberg and Andreas Benno Kollegger were the first men to run the paper. He later interned for Scripps Howard News Service, United Press International, and other news organizations. He also worked for Delilah Communications, a publishing house in New York.
After his graduation, he taught English in Prague for less than a year before moving to Washington D.C. in 1992 to take a job at the American Enterprise Institute. While at AEI he worked for Ben J. Wattenberg. He was the researcher for Wattenberg’s nationally syndicated column and for Wattenberg’s book, Values Matter Most.
He also worked on several PBS public affairs documentaries, including a two-hour special hosted by David Gergen and Wattenberg. He was also invited to serve on Goucher College’s Board of Trustees immediately after graduating in 1991, a position he held for three years. In 1994, he became a founding producer for Wattenberg’s Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.
That same year he moved to New River Media, an independent television production company, which produced “Think Tank” as well as numerous other television programs and projects. He worked on a large number of television projects across the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan.
He wrote, produced, and edited two documentaries for New River Media, Gargoyles: Guardians of the Gate and Notre Dame: Witness to History. He then joined the National Review as a contributing editor in 1998. By the end of that year, he was asked to launch National Review Online (NRO) as a sister publication to National Review.
He served as editor of NRO for several years and later became editor-at-large. He is also a regular contributor on news networks such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, appearing on various television programs including Good Morning America, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Life, Your World with Neil Cavuto, the Glenn Beck Program, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He is an occasional guest on a number of Fox News shows such as The Five, The Greg Gutfeld Show, and Outnumbered. He is also a frequent panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier. From 2006 to 2010, Goldberg was a frequent participant on bloggingheads.tv. Goldberg also makes an appearance in Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016 film Hillary’s America.
Jonah Goldberg Clinton–Lewinsky scandal
Jonah Goldberg career as a pundit was launched following his mother Lucianne Goldberg’s role in the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal when he wrote about the “media siege” on his mother’s apartment in The New Yorker. He has spoken of his mother and the Lewinsky scandal:
My mother was the one who advised Linda Tripp to record her conversations with Monica Lewinsky and to save the dress. I was privy to some of that stuff, and when the administration set about to destroy Lewinsky, Tripp, and my mom, I defended my mom and by extension Tripp … I have zero desire to have those arguments again. I did my bit in the trenches of Clinton’s trousers.
These tapes became the focal point of the Lewinsky scandal. He was privy to the tapes and the conversations that his mother had with Tripp because he served as a vice president of his mother’s now-defunct literary agency.
Jonah Goldberg political analyst, and commentator.
Writing for National Review and other publications
Jonah Goldberg is a senior editor and has a twice-weekly column at National Review, which syndicated numerous papers across the United States, and at Townhall.com. National Review consists of fellow contributors such as Ramesh Ponnuaru, Richard Brookhiser, and Dinesh D’Souza.
He also writes the “Goldberg File” at National Review, a column that is generally lighter and more focused on humor and cultural commentary. In the column, Goldberg also makes frequent pop-culture references including to Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, of which he has said he is a fan.
He is also a frequent contributor at the National Review blog The Corner, often authoring posts with light-hearted, comedic and pop-culture references. Aside from being a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, he has written for The New Yorker,
The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, The New York Post, and Slate. The Los Angeles Times added Goldberg to its editorial lineup in 2005.
In addition to appearances on Bloggingheads.tv, Goldberg is a frequent participant in programs produced by the center-right Web site Ricochet.com, including the weekly Ricochet Podcast and The Ricochet Roundtable, which features Goldberg, columnist Mark Steyn, and Ricochet co-founder Rob Long. He has created several short videos for the conservative education website at Prager University. His videos focus on topics in political science. He is also the host of The Remnant, an interview podcast focused on different political topics.
Jonah Goldberg Books
His book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (ISBN 0385511841) was published in January 2008. It reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list of hardcover nonfiction in its seventh week on the list. While in preparation, the book had a number of different subtitles, including “The Totalitarian Temptation from Hegel to Whole Foods” and “The Totalitarian Temptation From Mussolini to Hillary Clinton.”
After being published in paperback, the subtitle was changed to The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Change. Some historians have denounced the book as being “poor scholarship,” “propaganda,” and not scholarly. Other reviewers described the book as “provocative” and “a wealth of challenging insights, backed up by thorough research”.
The audiobook version of Liberal Fascism was narrated by Johnny Heller. Goldberg followed the book with The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas in 2012. The paperback edition of Tyranny of Cliches came out on April 30, 2013. Goldberg himself narrated the audiobook version. His most recent work, Suicide of the West, was released in 2018.
Jonah Goldberg Chicago
Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent conservative journalists today. His column, syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, offers shrewd analysis on a wide range of subjects, from political philosophy and economic trends to popular culture, with an entertaining writing style that speaks to a whole new generation.
With a keen wit and hard-hitting insight, Goldberg brings a fresh perspective to the typical right-left debate, by rejecting party lines, talking points, and stale clichés. He is the 2001 winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Goldberg’s columns and articles have rapidly generated a large readership.
A member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, Goldberg is a contributing editor for National Review and founding editor of “National Review Online.” He is a former columnist and contributing editor for Brill’s Content and former media critic for The American Enterprise. He also served as Washington columnist for the Times of London.
He has written about politics and culture for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Worth, Commentary, the Public Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, the Wilson Quarterly, the Weekly Standard, Slate, TheStreet.com, New York Post, Women’s Quarterly and Food and Wine.
He has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Today,” “Nightline,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “Politically Incorrect,” “Special Report with Brit Hume,” “Geraldo,” “NBC Nightly News” and numerous other television and radio programs. He was senior producer of the award-winning series “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg” on PBS. He has written and produced several PBS documentaries and specials.
Jonah Goldberg Pulitzer claim controversy
In May 2012, he touted a “two-time Pulitzer prize nominee” in the book jacket of his second book, The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas. This was a misleading claim, as pointed out by NBC News reporter Bill Dedman because Goldberg had in fact only been an entrant in the Pulitzer contest and had never been nominated as a finalist, as the moniker “Pulitzer nominee” would seem to suggest.
He became an entrant in the Pulitzer contest requires only that either the author of a written work submit an entry form along with a small fee or that someone else does so on their behalf. Following Dedman’s reporting, Goldberg and his publishing company acknowledged the error and subsequently removed the line from the book jacket
Jonah Goldberg Media appearances and commentary
Some frequent topics of his articles include censorship, meritocracy, liberty, federalism and interpretation of the Constitution, his attacks on the ethics and morals of liberals and Democrats, and his disagreements with libertarians also appear often in his writings.
He was a supporter of the Iraq War and has advocated American military intervention elsewhere in the world. He has defended historical colonialism in places such as Africa as more beneficial than it is generally given credit for; in one column, he suggested that U.S. imperialism on the continent could help solve its persistent problems.
On October 2006, he wrote that invading Iraq was a mistake, that he called a “noble” mistake and still maintained that liberal opponents of the war policy wanted America to fail: “In other words, their objection isn’t to war per se; it’s to wars that advance U.S. interests. … I must confess, one of the things that made me reluctant to conclude that the Iraq war was a mistake was my distaste for the shabbiness of the arguments on the antiwar side.”
He popularized and expanded on a commentary by the late Time writer William Henry III. Henry had written on the subject of multiculturalism and cultural equality, stating that “it is scarcely the same thing to put a man on the moon as to put a bone in your nose.”
He stated that “[m]ulticulturalism which is simply egalitarianism wrapped in the rainbow-colored paper has elevated the notion that all ideas are equal, all systems equivalent, all cultures of comparable worth.” He has criticized the idea of “social justice” as meaning “anything its champions want it to mean” or “‘good things’ no one needs to argue for and no one dare be against.”
Jonah Goldberg Relations with other writers and public figures
He has publicly feuded with people on the political left, like Juan Cole, over U.S. Iraq policy, and Air America Radio commentators such as Janeane Garofalo, who has accused him of being a chickenhawk on the Iraq War. On February 8, 2005, Goldberg offered Cole a wager of $1,000 “that Iraq won’t have a civil war, that it will have a viable constitution, and that a majority of Iraqis and Americans will, in two years’ time, agree that the war was worth it.”
Cole refused to accept and the wager was never made. He later conceded that if Cole had accepted the bet, Cole would have won. Goldberg and Peter Beinart of The New Republic for a time hosted a conservative vs. liberal web tv show, What’s Your Problem?, which originally could be found on National Review Online but has appeared on Bloggingheads.tv as of 2013.
Jonah Goldberg The news media
Regarding Fox News, Goldberg said, “Look, I think liberals have reasonable gripes with Fox News. It does lean to the right, primarily in its opinion programming but also in its story selection (which is fine by me) and elsewhere. But it’s worth remembering that Fox is less a bastion of ideological conservatism and more a populist, tabloidy network.”
Goldberg has criticized liberals for disliking Fox News, claiming they have no “problem with the editorializing of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews, they think it’s just plain wrong for conservatives to play that game.” Goldberg has referred to Olbermann as “MSNBC’s answer to a question no one asked.”
Jonah Goldberg New York times
To read some of the media accounts, Biden is the latest politician to run afoul of the “MeToo” era. His accusers have followed the usual script, “breaking their silence” after much introspection. They insist they want the truth to come out. What truth? Biden is handsy. And, to borrow a Bidenism, this is a big deal. But is it? The allegation that he’s too physically familiar with people and not just women, by the way, is only slightly more shocking than revelations that he talks too much, says weird things and misuses the word “literally.”
As Biden himself might say, “We’ve known all this about Joe for literally, not figuratively, a billion years.” Young’ns could be forgiven for not knowing that Biden is the most motormouthed politician of the last half-century. Everyone in Washington has a story that begins with Biden promising to offer a few brief remarks and ends with the storyteller waking up years later like Rip Van Winkle to Biden saying “in conclusion.”
As for weird remarks, it’s a myth that he shouted at an intern, “My hovercraft is full of eels!” But Biden did say at an event, “Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya,” to a man in a wheelchair. He also told Katie Couric that President Franklin D. Roosevelt went on TV to reassure the public after the 1929 stock market crash. FDR was elected in 1932. The TV wasn’t introduced to the public until 1939.
Then there’s the word “literally,” which for Biden means: “Some too-good-to-check hyperbole is about to come at you like a rabid spider monkey.” He once said hardworking Americans were “all of a sudden literally, not figuratively they were decimated.” Literally decimated would mean one out of 10 of them were killed. He told students in Africa, “You are the keystone to East Africa literally, not figuratively, you are the keystone.”
As for exaggerations, Biden has a trillion. On the raid to kill Osama bin Laden: “You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan.” Suck it, Napoleon, Churchill, and Eisenhower! Then there’s the handsy stuff. Biden is overly familiar with people. He touches and hugs them a lot. He rubs women’s shoulders uninvited. He sneaks up on them and smells their hair which, admittedly, is the sort of thing you’d expect from a sex offender at a public library.
But that’s the thing: It’s not that. As with the rest, we’ve known this about Biden for a long time. Conservatives had great fun with it under President Barack Obama. Just Google the videos and images of Biden touching women like a chef testing the produce. Hillary Clinton once told Biden she thought he and her husband Bill were so similar they must have been “separated at birth.” She meant it as a compliment. Really.
But there’s no evidence Biden ever behaved in the allegedly sexually predatory way, or in the non-allegedly adulterous way, Bill Clinton behaved. What Biden has in common with Bill is a particular kind of politician’s mix of insecurity and arrogance. It drives them to think they can win over anybody, sometimes by simply talking them to death. Biden’s touching is part charm offensive, apart from power move.
It’s a way to make a human connection. It’s also a way to signal that he has the social authority to invade your personal space. It’s of a piece with his belief that everyone should feel fortunate to listen to him spend an hour offering a few brief comments. I never liked Biden’s act, but the effort to demonize him now is so obviously driven by his potential Democratic primary opponents. I don’t think it will work. It may cost Biden with young activists in the party who think even gendered pronouns are triggering.
But there’s a reason he leads the polls. Democrats may be unified in their opposition to President Trump, but I think the older ones (who tend to vote at a higher rate in primaries) are also nostalgic for “normal” politics. Biden’s more liberal than people claim, but he’s a known quantity, and he’s not a socialist. That may be why the left wing of the party is out to get him. It’s also why he would be a formidable nominee.
Jonah Goldberg Books
- The suicide of the West
- The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
- Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
- The Conservative 100: The Most Influential Thinkers, Writers, Statesmen and Leaders from Aristotle to Margaret Thatcher
Jonah Goldberg Gun control
The National Rifle Association has big troubles. and wildly debt. The attorney general of New York where the NRA was founded in 1871 and where it remains incorporated is investigating the tax-exempt status of what she has called a “terrorist organization.” The NRA’s longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, is in a bitter feud with its outgoing president, Oliver North.
Accusations are flying, including attempted extortion and misuse of perhaps millions of dollars. On the surface, the NRA’s problems have little to do with the typical criticisms hurled at it by its biggest detractors. To them, the villainous NRA is too rich, too powerful, and too well-run, not an outfit drowning in red ink and dysfunction. But it turns out that its real problems, in part, may stem from its outsized ambitions.
For most of its history, the NRA was a sporting club dedicated to teaching gun safety and promoting hunting and marksmanship as a pastime. It was founded by two Union Army officers who had noticed that the Confederates tended to be better shots. In the 1930s, it started to dip its toes into lobbying, but in favor of limited gun control.
The NRA, for instance, supported the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, which established federal gun licensing requirements. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s, after passage of the federal Gun Control Act, that new leadership at the NRA made lobbying for gun rights central to its mission. Still, that mission was notably bipartisan.
Working from the common-sense assumption that gun rights would be better protected if support came from both parties, the NRA once supported candidates on either side of the aisle. In the 2000 campaign cycle, it spent $372,000 on some 66 Democratic incumbents. But by 2016, it contributed to just four. What happened? The easy answer is that as the GOP increasingly embraced gun rights, the Democrats embraced gun control or the other way around.
Which side is guilty of policy extremism depends on your views on gun policy. Asking which side is guilty of rhetorical extremism is pointless because both are. The NRA is not a “terrorist organization,” but neither are its opponents a horde of anarchists, socialists, and goons, as the NRA’s media arm often portrays them. The GOP-NRA alliance came downstream from two larger social shifts.
The first is the “Big Sort” shorthand for how American society has self-organized not just into “red” and “blue” regions, but also worldviews. The end of the NRA’s bipartisan lobbying strategy simply reflected the facts on the ground. In 1989, 64 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of the NRA, and so did 49 percent of Democrats. Today, those numbers are 88 percent and 24 percent, respectively.
The second reason is that the parties are weaker than they have ever been. The common assertion that Republican politicians are pro-gun because they’ve been bought off with NRA blood money is mostly a paranoid conspiracy theory. The NRA doesn’t actually give very much money to politicians, at least compared with, say, organized labor or trial lawyers.
What the NRA does do incredibly effectively is to organize and inform voters, mobilizing them to vote reliably for philosophically aligned candidates. Historically, that was a function of political parties, but now it’s been largely outsourced to special-interest groups such as the NRA but also Planned Parenthood for the Democrats. These groups are motivated to get out the vote, but they’re also incentivized to monetize the voters.
The net effect has been for these interest groups to go all in for the culture war which is highly effective for fundraising and take our elections with them. NRA folks today inveigh against “the socialists” with the same vehemence they used to reserve for gun-grabbers. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, observes that NRA TV, the online media outlet of the NRA, has strayed far from the gun lane.
“Now it’s focused on immigration, race, health care,” he told The New Republic. Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman, has called the mainstream news media “the rat bastards of the earth” who deserve to be “curb-stomped.” We’ve come a long way since William F. Buckley came out in favor of the Brady Bill. Political parties once had the desire and resources to manage their own brands keeping activists and interests at a more healthy distance. Those days are gone. Parties and the institutions that really run them are simply uniforms for combatants in the culture war. In such a climate, it’s no surprise that things such as good corporate governance became an afterthought at the NRA.