Andrew Malcolm's GOP blog leaving L.A. Times

Investors Business Daily announced that as of next month, the Los Angeles Times' conservative blogger Andrew Malcolm will be doing his blogging at the biz paper's Investors.com. Malcolm confirmed the shift in a terse tweet, saying "yes we a moving next month." Top of the Ticket has been a very successful blog numbers wise for the Times, but also a source of controversy. Originally the paper's sole politics news blog with a mix of staff writers posting, it gradually became a personal vehicle for Malcolm, a former editorial writer at the paper and New York Times foreign correspondent. His staunchly pro-Republican posts on the blog carved out a new life for Malcolm as a web and radio commentator and made him a frequent guest in conservative media. But critics have wondered why the Times devoted a senior (in salary) staff position to a blog that was essentially a gathering place for anti-Obama talking points, while laying off journalists and cutting news and opinion coverage. More recently the Times has built up a politics news blog, Politics Now, that uses LAT journalists to report stories.

From the IBD release:

The winner of numerous journalism prizes including the National Headliners Award, the George Polk Award, and a Pulitzer Finalist in 2004, Malcolm for the past four years has written the highly-rated Top of the Ticket political commentary column at LATimes.com. He is one of the top-ranked conservative writers on Twitter, where he has 73,000 followers, and is a regular commentator on HotAir, LibertyPundits, XM/POTUS, Fox & Friends and KABC.

Malcolm is also the author of 10 books, including two best-sellers and two that became TV movies.


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