Heather Mac Donald

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Heather Mac Donald
Bias Rating Right
Type Author
Region National
Website manhattan-institute.org/expert/heather-mac-donald
Twitter @heathermacdona
Wikipedia Heather Mac Donald
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Mac Donald's Views and Beliefs

Mac Donald disagrees that rampant criminal justice reform is needed; she wrote the book The War on Cops and columns such as "The Myth of the Racist Cop, "The Myth of Systemic Police Racism," and "Blue Truth Matters."

Mac Donald is a secular conservative. Since 2008 she has contributed to the blog Secular Right.

“God’s mercy was supposedly manifest when children were saved” from the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, Ms. Mac Donald reportedly wrote in The American Conservative in 2007. “But why did the prayers for 5-year-old Samantha Runnion go unheeded when she was taken from her Southern California home in 2002 and later sexually assaulted and asphyxiated?""

“If you ask a believer, you will be told that the human mind cannot fathom God’s ways. It would seem as if God benefits from double standards of a kind that would make even affirmative action look just.”

Mac Donald has argued that liberalism is inferior to conservatism, and that religion is unnecessary to conservativism. She has criticized welfare for being a "dysfunction enabler" and food stamps for causing an "unhealthy dependence. Mac Donald has also criticized American immigration policy, claiming that it is just "importing another underclass" that has "the power to expand indefinitely."

During the coronavirus pandemic, she criticized March 2020 shelter-in-place policies as "unbridled panic".

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As of May 2024, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Heather Mac Donald. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Right bias.

As of June 2017, some AllSides community members rated Mac Donald as Lean Right.

As of Sept. 2020, 128 community members agreed with our rating, and 159 disagreed. Of those who disagreed, on average people believed Mac Donald is Lean Right.

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Additional Information

Mac Donald graduated from Yale in 1978 with a B.A. in English, then went to Cambridge to obtain her masters degree in English. In 1985, she graduated from Stanford University Law School. She was attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and volunteered for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Mac Donald has testified before the U.S. House and Senate Committees many times. In 1998, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Mac Donald to his task force on the City University of New York. She received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers in 2004. Mac Donald is frequently a guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio shows. She has written multiple books, such as The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, The Immigration Solution, and more.

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