Who is Meghan McCain: Biography, Career and Personal Life
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Who is Meghan McCain? What does she do? Keep reading the article below to learn more about her.
Meghan Marguerite McCain (born October 23, 1984) is an American conservative columnist, author, and television personality. She has worked for ABC News, Fox News, and MSNBC.
The daughter of politician John McCain and businesswoman Cindy McCain, she has been a public figure for much of her life, first appearing at the 1996 Republican National Convention. McCain received media attention of her own accord in 2007 for her blog, McCain Blogette, on which she documented life on the campaign trail during her father's 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009, she became a contributing writer for The Daily Beast. From 2016 to 2017, she co-hosted the daytime talk show Outnumbered, after which she joined the daytime talk show The View, also as co-host.
Meghan McCain: Biography
McCain is the eldest of the four children of Senator John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain. She was born on October 23, 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Phoenix Country Day School and Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl private Catholic high school. She appeared at the 1996 Republican National Convention when she was 11 years of age. On April 5, 2003, McCain was presented to society at the Board of Visitors Debutante Ball at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
She attended Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in art history in 2007. McCain originally planned to become a music journalist and interned at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live.
Meghan McCain: Career
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In March 2009, an article written by Meghan invited a lot of criticism from radio talk-show host, Laura Ingraham. The article named ‘My Beef with Ann Coulter’ questioned the ‘Republican’ support for conservative author Ann Coulter.
Although there was no response from Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham compared Meghan to a “valley girl.” Meghan responded to her comment through another article titled ‘Quit Talking About My Weight, Laura Ingraham.’ Meghan challenged Laura by questioning her ways of discussing irrelevant topics such as Meghan’s weight and clothes rather than the main issue of her article, which was related to ‘Republican’ views.
In an interview with Larry King, Meghan finally accepted that she had had enough of the Laura Ingraham controversy and had moved on. From 2009 to 2013, Meghan was exclusively busy with books, blogs, and politics.
She was always a staunch supporter of gay rights and sex education. She is also an environmentalist, much like her father.
She registered herself as an independent voter at the age of 18 and voted for John Kerry. However, during the 2008 presidential elections, she turned into a ‘Republican’ supporter to side with her father.
She also signed a book deal with ‘Hyperion’ in 2009. She had already published a book titled ‘My Dad, John McCain’ in 2008.
She was involved in a number of political controversies in 2009. She has often used ‘Twitter’ as a means to share her views and opinions with the world. For instance, she stated that people like ‘Republican’ strategist Karl Rove following her on ‘Twitter’ was creepy. She stated, "I can't shake the fact that Karl Rove is following me – it can be creepy" and "We need to take Twitter back from the creepy people."
Her regular statements on social media proved that she had the same “maverick” genes as her father. She responded to commentator Rush Limbaugh through ‘Twitter’ when he suggested that she and her father, John, would leave the ‘Republican Party.’
She “tweeted,” “RED TIL I'M DEAD BABY!!!” in response to Rush, claiming that she would never leave the ‘Republican Party.’ She also made guest appearances as a co-host on ‘The View,’ in 2009 and 2010.
She won a prize for a listener on the quiz show ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me’ in 2010. The same year, her next book, ‘Dirty Sexy Politics,’ was released. The book was her campaign memoir and received mixed reviews. While ‘The New York Times’ described it as a coming-of-age narration about herself, reviewer Leon H Wolf had terrible things to write about it. Leon wrote, “It is impossible to read Dirty, Sexy Politics and come away with the impression that you have read anything other than the completely unedited ramblings of an idiot.”
This was not the first time she was criticized for her political views. Meghan has been mocked at and made fun of by a lot of political figures for her views. However, Meghan never let others’ opinions get to her and continued doing what she felt was right.
In 2011, she started working as an analyst for ‘MSNBC’ and immediately got into a heated talk with the 2012 ‘Republican’ presidential candidate, Newt Gingich, inviting criticism from blogs. ‘Gawker’ referred to her as a “noted idiot.”
In 2012, she published another book, ‘America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.’ She collaborated with comedian Michael Ian Black to write the book after spending a month on road trips with him. The book talked about controversies related to American politics and the attack on her younger sister during her father’s electoral campaigns. In her book, she praised Hillary Clinton for being able to shatter the glass ceiling and venturing into politics. McCain stated in her book, “I love women who don’t put up with shit, and Hillary clearly doesn’t.” She also commented on major controversies that involved a number of political figures.
In September 2013, she started her own talk show, ‘Raising McCain,’ on ‘Pivot.’ The show was canceled in the beginning of 2014.
She started working as a co-host on the show ‘TakePart Live’ in May 2014. She appeared on the show with Jacob Soboroff. The show was canceled in December 2014. She was also signed by ‘Fox News’ as a contributor, in 2015.
She became a regular co-host of the show ‘Outnumbered’ on November 14, 2016. However, the show was canceled a year later.
In 2017, McCain finally seized the opportunity to become the 21st co-host of popular American talk show ‘The View.’ She officially became a co-host of the show on October 9, 2017. She got the opportunity to co-host the show after Jedediah Bila quit the show.
She is also a contributor and political analyst for ‘ABC News’ and often appears on shows such as ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The Week.’
Meghan McCain apologized for defending Trump's use of 'China virus'
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Meghan McCain, host of 'The View' has apologised after John Oliver criticised her for comments she made defending former President Trump's anti-China rhetoric regarding coronavirus.
After eight people, including six of Asian-American descent, were killed in shootings at three separate message parlors in Atlanta last week there has been a push to declare the violence as a hate crime, according to Daily Mail.
However, the accused shooter has said it was his 'sex addictions' rather than a racial motive that drove him to kill.
During 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' on Sunday, Oliver blamed then-President Donald Trump's use of terms such as 'China virus', 'Wuhan Virus' and 'kung flu' when referring to Covid-19 during his final year in office and 2020 election campaign for the rise in attacks on Asian-Americans.
'Our long, ugly history of anti-Asian racism and the fact that it often peaks during times of crisis is the exact reason why, just last year, many were loudly warning that Trump calling COVID names like the 'China virus' was likely to lead to a rise in violence against people of Asian descent,' Oliver said.
'An argument that not everyone, at the time, seemed to find convincing.'
Oliver then played a clip of McCain - almost a year to the day of his show being broadcast - dismissing Trump's critics at the time.
'I think that the left wants to focus on PC labeling of this virus. This is a great way to get Trump reelected,' McCain said in the clip.
'I don't have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It's a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan. I don't have a problem with it.'
Commenting on the clip, an exasperated Oliver said: 'Oh good! Meghan McCain doesn't have a problem with it! Listen not to the scores of Asian-Americans telling everyone that the term is dangerous and offensive.
'Instead, gather around and take the word of a wealthy white woman who's dressed like she's about to lay off 47 people over Zoom.'
Oliver noted that on March 17, McCain posted a tweet with the words 'Stop Asian Hate' captioned with three broken heart emojis, showing the tweet on-screen.
The host called it a 'fine statement,' but added 'there has to be an understanding that saying, 'I don't have a problem with calling it the China virus' is very much giving space for that hate to grow.'
Following Oliver's Sunday night show, McCain took to twitter again to apologise, but did not directly respond to his criticism.
'I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community,' she tweeted.
'There is no doubt Donald Trump's racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.'
Crimes against Asian Americans have risen in in recent months, with president Joe Biden and other politicians speaking publicly about the need to address the issue.
In the last year alone, there were nearly 3,800 incidents against Asian Americans, according the group Stop AAPI Hate, and 68 per cent of those were against women.
In remarks delivered after meeting with members of the Asian-American community in Atlanta on Friday, President Joe Biden also went after the former president - though not by name.
McCain got engaged to conservative writer and commentator Ben Domenech in July 2017. They got married on November 21, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona, at the family’s ranch. Meghan and Ben do not have any children yet.
Meghan has a net worth of $4 million.
Meghan stated on ‘The View’ once that although she went to a Catholic school, she was raised as a Baptist and wishes to remain so.
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