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Michael Smerconish

American journalist
Michael Smerconish signs a 500-pound JDAM "smart bomb" during an aircraft and weapons display

Michael A. Smerconish (born March 15, 1962) is a conservative talk show host. He has a radio program on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He has a television program on Cable News Network (CNN). He is a lawyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the law firm Kline and Specter.[1] Smerconish is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.[2] He has often been a guest host for other talk show hosts. This includes Joe Scarborough of MSNBC and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Network. [2]

Smerconish had worked for the campaigns of Republicans in the past. He had voted Republican. In 2008, he said he would vote for the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.[3][4] He made this announcement on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.[5] On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first talk radio host to broadcast live from the Obama White House. That show which included an interview with the President.[6] The interview was held in the Diplomatic Reception Room. That is where President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats were held.[7] The President took questions from Smerconish and his listeners on a variety of subjects. One subject was the recent debates on the pending Healthcare Reform Bill.[7] Smerconish has interviewed Obama six other times.[8] In 2010, Smerconish said in the Huffington Post that he had switched his party registration from Republican to independent.[9] When it was said that David Duke had been tied to Republican House leader Steve Scalise in the past, Smerconish interviewed Duke to discuss this.[10]

BooksEdit

Smerconish has written several books. Two of them were on The New York Times Best Seller list.[2]

They are:

  • Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11 (2004)
  • Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories that Should Be Fiction (2006)
  • Murdered By Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice (2008)
  • Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking (2009)
  • Instinct: The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker (2009)
  • Talk: a Novel of Politics and the Media (2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Michael Smerconish". Kline & Specter. http://www.klinespecter.com/lawyers_smerconish.html. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Michael Smerconish Joins CNN". CNN. 10 February 2014. http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/10/michael-smerconish-joins-cnn/. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. Simon van Zuylen-Wood (June/July/August 2014). "The Last Interesting Centrist". Washington Monthly. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/junejulyaugust_2014/features/the_last_interesting_centrist050659.php?page=all. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. Natalie Gewargis (17 October 2008). "In Philly, Conservative Talk Radio Host Backs Obama". ABC News Internet Ventures. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/10/in-philly-conse/. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. "'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Monday October 20, 2008". NBCNews.com. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/27321964/ns/msnbc-hardball_with_chris_matthews/t/hardball-chris-matthews-monday-october/#.VOXobfnF-Sp. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. "Obama is Interviewed by Michael Smerconish". The Washington Post. August 20, 2009. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/20/AR2009082002660.html. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Michael Smerconish (August 20, 2009). "Michael Smerconish: My exclusive with Barack Obama". Philly.com. http://articles.philly.com/2009-08-20/news/24986361_1_barack-obama-president-obama-first-interview. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8. Michael Smerconish. "Michael Smerconish interviews President Obama". MAS Talk. http://smerconish.com/michael-smerconish-interviews-president-obama/. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  9. Michael Smerconish (23 April 2010). "For Me, the Party Is Over". TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-smerconish/for-me-the-party-is-over_b_470793.html. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  10. David Neiwert (13 January 2015). "David Duke Again Takes Advantage of Media Airtime to Lie and Mislead". Southern Poverty Law Center. http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2015/01/13/david-duke-again-takes-advantage-of-media-airtime-to-lie-and-mislead/. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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