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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas
Born John Calvin Thomas
(1942-12-02) December 2, 1942 [1]
Washington, D.C., United States
Alma mater American University
Occupation Radio commentator, political commentator, author, columnist

John Calvin "Cal" Thomas[2] (born December 2, 1942) is an American syndicated columnist, pundit, author and radio commentator. He is a columnist for USA Today where he writes articles with friend and political opposite Bob Beckel in the style of "point–counterpoint".


  • Life and career 1
    • Views 1.1
      • 9/11 Truthers 1.1.1
      • Barack Obama 1.1.2
      • Islam 1.1.3
      • LGBT rights 1.1.4
  • Bibliography 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Thomas was born in 1942 in Washington, D.C. He attended the American University for his undergraduate education. During the 1960s and early 1970s he worked as a reporter at NBC News. His program on CNBC was nominated for a CableACE Award in 1995.[3] His column, which began in 1984, is syndicated by Tribune Media Services.[4] Thomas joined Fox News as a political contributor in 1997. He was a panelist on Fox News Watch, a Fox News Channel program criticizing the media, and until September 2005 hosted After Hours with Cal Thomas on the same network. He also gives a daily radio commentary, which is heard on more than 300 stations.

Thomas has written extensively about political issues and he supports, among other things, many American positions related to Israel.

He has written 10 books, including Blinded By Might, that discussed, among other things, the role of the Moral Majority in American politics of the 1980s. Thomas was vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985. Thomas is an evangelical Christian.


9/11 Truthers

In a 2014 Washington Post article, Thomas claims, "Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers and anti-Semites from across the globe."[5]

Barack Obama

In 2014, Thomas criticized the U.S. President Barack Obama for, "treating Israel as an enemy."[5]


In his article "Mumbai Explained", published in the Chicago Tribune, Thomas writes that "no new [Mosques] should be built" in Western countries following the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He further claimed that Muslim immigration posed a danger to the UK and United States.[6]

LGBT rights

After Human Rights Campaign,[7] Thomas published a column[8] in November 1997 opposing homosexuality, in which he said:

Thomas published a similar column[9] on October 16, 2009, after Barack Obama became the second sitting United States president to address the Human Rights Campaign.[7] Thomas said:


  • Thomas, Cal (2014). What works : commonsense solutions to the nation's problems. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.  
  • 2008, "Mumbai Explained" Cal Thomas Chicago Tribune/Daily Yomiuri
  • 2007, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America with Bob Beckel (ISBN 978-0-06-123634-1)
  • 2001, The Wit & Wisdom of Cal Thomas (ISBN 1-58660-299-3)
  • 1999, Blinded by Might with Ed Dobson (ISBN 0-310-22650-3)
  • 1994, The Things That Matter Most (ISBN 0-06-017083-2)
  • 1988, The Death of Ethics in America (ISBN 0-8499-0638-5)

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Television News. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Last Word" (in Video format).  
  3. ^ "Cal Thomas". Fox News. 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ " >> Cal Thomas - Cal Thomas". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "CAL THOMAS: Iran nuclear talks like bargaining with the devil". The Washingtion Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "THOMAS: Mumbai explained". The Washingtion Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Roxanne, Roberts (6 October 2009), "Obama to Keynote Gay-Rights Dinner With Lady Gaga", The Washington Post 
  8. ^ Thomas, Cal (22 November 1997), "Repealing Morality?", World Magazine (Asheville, North Carolina) 
  9. ^ Thomas, Cal (16 October 2009), "Don't Ask, Tell or Legitimize", The Washington Times 

External links

  • Cal Thomas Website
  • Cal Thomas at
  • Weekly USA Today Column Common Ground
  • Cal Thomas at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved on 2008-01-17
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , 10 July 1994.The Things That Matter Most interview with Thomas on Booknotes
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