Who is Michelle Goldberg?

Michelle Goldberg became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in 2017 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues.

She is well-versed in politics, She knows how to throw an articulate punch — a well as how to receive one.

In 2012, Goldberg criticized a column written by Ann Romney, wife of politician and businessman Mitt Romney, in USA Today; Romney wrote that there was “no crown more glorious” than the “crown of motherhood.” Goldberg responded that such phrases reminded her of “pronatalist propaganda of World War II-era totalitarian regimes”. Conservative media outlets criticized Goldberg for the remark; she subsequently said, “I should have realized that right-wingers were going to pretend that I was saying that Romney is akin to two of the century’s most murderous tyrants… I’m truly sorry to have given the right a pretext for another tedious spasm of feigned outrage.”

In 2013, Goldberg criticized the public and media reactions to a racist tweet by Justine Sacco, who was fired for tweeting “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

In 2014, Goldberg was criticized by Jos Truitt in the Columbia Journalism Review[14] for what she saw as Goldberg wrongly siding with trans-exclusionary radical feminists (Terfs) in their stance toward transgender women in a piece Goldberg wrote for The New Yorker.

Goldberg endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up for the 2016 U.S. presidential election

She is the author of three books: “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,” “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World,” and “The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.” Her first book was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and her second won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award.

Previously she was a columnist at Slate. A frequent commentator on radio and television, Ms. Goldberg’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian and many other publications. She has reported from countries including India, Iraq, Egypt, Uganda, Nicaragua and Argentina. Born in 975, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

You may not agree with her, but she will get you thinking.

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