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Byron York
Byron York by Gage Skidmore.jpg
York in 2017
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 65)
EducationUniversity of Alabama (BA)
University of Chicago (MA)
OccupationCommentator, pundit, columnist, author
Parent(s)Tom York
Helen Hamilton York

Byron York (born December 5, 1955) is an American conservative.[1]


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


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


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

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.[2]

In 2010, York wrote an op-ed titled "Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem," which argued that President Obama was himself 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?"[3][4][5][6]

According to the Toronto Star, York has "[led] the inquiries into the alleged deep-state conspiracy against Trump."[7] According to Slate, York has "[spread] conspiracy theories about the FBI."[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11] In July 2018, when Mariia Butina, an accused Russian spy who had sought to involve herself in the NRA and the Republican Party, was arrested, York downplayed the charges.[12]

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."[13]

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."[14]


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 lives in Washington, D.C.[citation needed]


  • The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President—and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time (NY, Crown Forum, 2005) ISBN 1-4000-8238-2[15]


  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 February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Here Is Someone Trying to Blame the 'Obama Is a Muslim' Myth on Obama". Intelligencer. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Obama: The Muslim misconception". August 20, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ York, Byron. "Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem". Archived from the original on 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "The pro-Trump campaign to win hearts and minds over Russia probe | The Star". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Stern, Mark Joseph (December 14, 2018). "The Weekly Standard's Dismantling Is Terrible News for Conservatism and Journalism". Slate Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Swanson, Ian (June 12, 2017). "The Memo: Trump allies turn fire on Mueller". TheHill. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (June 12, 2017). "Trump's media allies are making the case for firing Robert Mueller". Vox. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Mayer, Jane (March 5, 2018). "Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Scher, Bill (July 22, 2018). "Republicans have a problem named Mariia". POLITICO. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Chait, Jonathan (February 13, 2019). "Republicans Trying, Failing to Come Up With Good Reasons to Conceal Trump Taxes". Intelligencer. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Alberta, Tim. "Is This the Last Stand of the 'Law and Order' Republicans?". POLITICO. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy by Byron York | Books". Retrieved May 4, 2019.

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