Deroy Murdock

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Deroy Murdock
Murdock in 2010
Murdock in 2010
BornDeroy Murdock
(1963-12-10) December 10, 1963 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationColumnist, writer
Alma materGeorgetown University
New York University
GenrePolitics, journalism

Deroy Murdock (born December 10, 1963)[1] is an American political commentator and a contributing editor with National Review Online. A native of Los Angeles, California, Murdock lives in New York City. A first-generation American, his parents were born in Costa Rica.


Murdock received his bachelor's degree in Government from Georgetown University in 1986 and his MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University in 1989. His MBA program included a semester as an exchange student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Deroy Murdock's columns appear in The New York Post, The Boston Herald, The Washington Times, National Review, The Orange County Register and many other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. He is a Fox News Contributor whose political commentary also has aired on ABC's Nightline, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, other television news channels, and numerous radio outlets.

Murdock is also a Senior Fellow[2] with the Atlas Network in Washington, D.C. and an emeritus Media Fellow[3][4] with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[5]

Murdock interned for U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch between 1982 and 1985 and then-U.S. Senator Pete Wilson in summer 1984.[6] Murdock is a veteran of the 1980 and 1984 Reagan for President campaigns and was a communications consultant with Forbes 2000, the White House bid of publisher Steve Forbes. He is openly gay.[7]

In February 2013, Murdock joined the Board of Advisors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending.[8]

Confirming his extracurricular interest in the arts, Murdock is a producer of I'll Say She Is - the Lost Marx Brothers Musical, which opened on June 2, 2016 at the Connelly Theater in Manhattan's East Village. The script for this 1924 musical comedy disappeared, but a rediscovered outline of it was expanded and adapted by Marx Brothers aficionado Noah Diamond, with whom Murdock joined forces to finance and promote this farce's return to the New York stage.


Murdock opposes governmental involvement in issues relating to both gay and heterosexual marriage. He also opposes the War on Drugs.[9]

He said on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews on September 16, 2007 that he believes Saddam Hussein was involved in perpetrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America. Murdock cited Smith v. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, 262 F. Supp. 2d 217,[10] a federal case heard by U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, Jr.. In Smith v. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Judge Baer ruled that Hussein's Baathist government and the Taliban assisted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Judge Baer—whom President Clinton nominated in April 1994—ordered Hussein, Iraq's former government, and this case's other losing parties to pay $104 million in civil damages to the families of George Eric Smith and Timothy Soulas, both murdered on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. Judge Baer added: "Again, since the al-Qaeda defendants and Iraq are jointly and severally liable, they are all responsible for the payment of any judgment that may be entered."


  1. ^ "California Birth Index".
  2. ^ "The Atlas Team: Senior Fellows". Atlas Economic Research Foundation. October 3, 2006. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Hoover Institution. "The William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows Program by year 2008". Archived from the original on November 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Hoover Institution. "The William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows Program by year 2004". Archived from the original on November 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics (1999) p. 641
  8. ^ "Board of Advisors". Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Murdock, Deroy. "Fight Bombs, Not Bongs" National Review Online. March 4, 2003.
  10. ^ Smith v. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan US District Court for the Southern District of New York

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