Rachel Marsden (born December 2, 1974) is a conservative political columnist, television commentator and university lecturer, originally from Canada but now based in Paris. She is also the CEO of Rachel Marsden Associates, which describes itself as "an international firm headquartered in Paris, France, and Toronto, Canada, with extensive experience in Defense, Intelligence, Politics, Media and Public Affairs issues." A fluent French speaker, she teaches at Sciences Po University in Paris. As of March 2016, she hosts a twice-weekly French-language geopolitical talk show on Sputnik News from the network's Paris studio.
In the 2000s, she was a columnist for publications such as the Toronto Sun and Human Events magazine. Her column is currently syndicated by Tribune Publishing (formerly known as Tribune Media Services). She has appeared as a co-host and contributor on Fox News and as a panelist or commentator on RT and La Chaîne parlementaire (LCP).
Early life and education
Marsden was inspired to go into journalism by listening to Canadian radio personality Jack Webster when she was growing up. In 2002, she took a political journalism training course at the National Journalism Center in Washington, DC.
Marsden graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a minor in French language. As a SFU student, Marsden came to public attention when she was at the center of the Simon Fraser University 1997 harassment controversy, in which she and a swimming coach publicly accused each other of sexual harassment. The coach was dismissed, then re-hired by the university after doubts were raised about the credibility of her accusations against him. Over ten years later, Marsden was interviewed by the university's newspaper and said of the events: "[The administration] were more interested in quelling negative PR than defending the truth. I was told by SFU to keep quiet and say nothing to the media. My only regret is that I listened to them."
Before the 2004 federal election in Canada, she was hired under an alias by Gurmant Grewal, a Conservative member of the Parliament of Canada, to assist his constituency office with press releases, but was forced out when her identity was revealed by the press while her criminal charges were pending.
In 2005, she had a column at National Post for two months. Later that year she was hired by the Toronto Sun as a weekly opinion columnist, and wrote for them until November 2007. Her syndicated column has appeared in the online edition of The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, and Townhall.com, and reprinted a few times in Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News. In 2004 Marsden appeared as a guest on Dennis Miller Live. In 2005 she appeared twice as a guest panelist on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. Marsden appeared on the Fox News Channel until 2007.
In 2007, she was hired as one of five panelists on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, a then new late-night talk show that began airing in February 2007 and worked there for five months. On May 30, 2007, Marsden was dismissed from Red Eye and escorted out of the Fox studio by security guards. She explained that her departure was due to a change in the show's format, and that being escorted out was standard procedure. She appeared once in October 2007, as a guest panelist on CNN's The Situation Room. Marsden has been compared to Ann Coulter in opinion, presentation and appearance.
In 2009 Marsden moved to France, and since then she has been a regular panelist on LCP Politique Matin, carried on the state-owned parliamentary television channel La Chaîne parlementaire in France. She has appeared as a political analyst on Crosstalk, carried on Russia Today. She currently teaches some classes at Sciences Po as enseignante, or adjunct member of the teaching staff.
In 1997 Marsden came to public attention for her role in the Simon Fraser University 1997 harassment controversy. In 2004, Marsden pleaded guilty to harassment of her boyfriend, a Vancouver radio show host, following a breakup; she was given a conditional discharge with one year of probation. In Canada, a conditional discharge is a sentence passed in criminal court in which an individual is found guilty of an offence but is deemed not to have been convicted.
In September 2007, a relationship between Marsden and an Ontario Provincial Police officer ended. She posted his photo and identified him on her blog as an anti-terrorism officer and claimed he had leaked secret anti-terrorism documents to her. The officer filed a complaint of harassment against Marsden, but this was later dropped. The OPP launched a separate internal investigation into the alleged conduct of the officer, whose lawyer described this as having cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Marsden contacted Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales in 2006, claiming that her Wikipedia biography was libelous. Wales stated his involvement with her article was handled through the normal channels, and was "routine". He also says he "recused [himself] from any further official action", after their relationship became personal.
On February 29, 2008, the technology gossip blog Valleywag claimed Wales and Marsden had entered into a relationship, and published instant messaging chats they allegedly exchanged. On the following day Wales announced on his Wikipedia user page that he was no longer involved with her. In return, Marsden, who claimed to have learned about the breakup by reading about it on Wikipedia, turned to eBay and put up for auction a T-shirt and sweater with white stains that she claimed belonged to Wales.
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- Rachel Marsden. "Silvio Berlusconi's Virtue: The Wall Street Journal". Rachelmarsden.com. http://www.rachelmarsden.com/berlusconi.pdf. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- Marsden, Rachel (2009-12-30). "Rachel Marsden: Technology and the New 'Me' Generation — WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704152804574627960532587996.html?mod=rss_opinion_main. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
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- Kristen Thompson (2009-10-09). "Natives slam Canadian's 'racist' blog on Games". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2009/10/09/natives_slam_canadians_racist_blog_on_games.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "Rachel Marsden's Articles". Human Events. http://www.humanevents.com/author/rachel-marsden/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Rachel Marsden, conservative political commentary columnist from American Voices | Tribune Media Services". Tmsfeatures.com. http://www.tmsfeatures.com/bio/rachel-marsden/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- John Goddard (2007-12-21). "Cop claims harassment by the 'Babe for Bush'". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/2007/12/21/cop_claims_harassment_by_the_babe_for_bush.html. Retrieved 2015-07-04. "[Const. Tony] Backhurst [. . .] acknowledges a brief love affair with Marsden two years ago – not one that continued until nearly three months ago, as Marsden maintains. [. . .] Marsden grew up in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and was enrolled at Simon Fraser in 1995 when she accused swimming coach Liam Donnelly of sexual harassment over a 16-month period and date rape. [. . .] Donnelly was fired. Two months later, he was exonerated, paid compensation and rehired, and the university president resigned over mishandling the case. [. . .] ."
- "Governor General's Academic Medal". http://www.gg.ca/honour.aspx?id=7747&t=1&ln=Marsden. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Rebecca Traister (2007-03-29). "Fox's Ann Coulter 2.0". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/29/marsden/index_np.html. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
- Rachel Marsen, "Screwing the Vote" is Not the Answer, RachelMarsden.com, undate, accessed March 14, 2014/
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- Siri Agrell (2008-03-04). "Ms. Marsden's cyberspace breakup: tit-for-tat-for-T-shirt". Toronto: Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080304.wlbreakup04/BNStory/lifeMain/home. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
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- "Meet Rachel Marsden". The Peak. http://www.the-peak.ca/article/3843. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Woman pleads guilty to harassment of former radio personality in Canada". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. 2004-10-13. http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/world/20041013-0819-harassmentcase.html. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- Stewart Bell (2007-12-19). "Ont. anti-terror officer investigated on leak allegations". National Post. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=184518. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Rachel Marsden Gone". Toronto Sun Family. 2007-11-08. http://torontosunfamily.blogspot.com/2007/11/rachel-marsden-gone.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Rachel Marsden (2009-10-09). "I make fun of the Vancouver Winter Olympics logo, and suddenly I'm a 'racist'". The Telegraph. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/rachelmarsden/100013147/i-make-fun-of-the-vancouver-winter-olympics-logo-and-suddenly-im-a-racist/. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "Rachel Marsden". The Spectator. http://www.spectator.co.uk/author/rachel-marsden/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Rachel Marsden Articles — Political Columnist & Commentator". Townhall.com. http://townhall.com/columnists/rachelmarsden/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- Rachel Marsden (2011-07-08). "DSK drama has Paris burning: French society shows its divisions over rape case". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/dsk-drama-paris-burning-french-society-shows-divisions-rape-case-article-1.158123. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
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- "The O'Reilly Factor [search results for 'Rachel Marsden'"]. Billoreilly.com. http://www.billoreilly.com/search/searchresultsframe.jsp?searchstring=rachel+marsden&x=0&y=0&sortby=0&sortdir=1&searchcategory=0. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "About Rachel Marsden". Rachel Marsden. Archived from the original on 2008-03-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20080322234536/http://www.rachelmarsden.com/bio2.asp. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
- "Toronto columnist Marsden ousted from Fox News". Thestar.com. 2007-05-31. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2007/05/31/toronto_columnist_marsden_ousted_from_fox_news.html. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- Anne Kingston (2008-06-25). "Agent Provocateur". Macleans. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. http://web.archive.org/web/20140301110540/http://www.macleans.ca/culture/media/article.jsp?content=20080625_40707_40707&page=3. Retrieved 2014-03-10. "She moved to New York in early 2007. . . . An internal investigation cleared Backhurst of wrongdoing, says [Backhurst's lawyer Andrew McKay]. . . ."
- Rebecca Traister (2009-03-31). "May contain a past". The Ontario Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/2007/03/31/may_contain_a_past.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "CNN Transcripts — The Situation Room, October 31, 2007". CNN. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0710/31/sitroom.03.html. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- Kate Kennedy (2008-07-02). "Tale of the Tape". Macleans. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. http://web.archive.org/web/20140301121439/http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20080702_171257_7324. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
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- "LCP Assemblée nationale | Politique Matin : La matinale du jeudi 6 novembre 2014". Lcp.fr. http://www.lcp.fr/emissions/politique-matin/vod/164172-gerard-bapt-depute-socialiste-de-haute-garonne-lionel-tardy-depute-ump-de-haute-savoie. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
- An example from 2013: "Crisis Capitalism — RT CrossTalk". Rt.com. 2013-03-31. http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/financial-crisis-capitalism-globalization-125/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Ateliers radio | Portail Scolarite Sciences Po". Formation.sciences-po.fr. http://formation.sciences-po.fr/enseignement/2013/KJOU/2250. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Perry Debate Gaffe Highlights Hyperfocus on Image — Rachel Marsden — Page full". Townhall.com. 2011-11-15. http://townhall.com/columnists/rachelmarsden/2011/11/15/perry_debate_gaffe_highlights_hyperfocus_on_image/page/full/. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Regina v. Rachel Marsden, Reasons for Sentence of the Honourable Judge W. J. Kitchen". British Columbia Provincial Court (Criminal Division). 2004-10-12. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. http://web.archive.org/web/20071009080524/http://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/judgments/pc/2004/03/p04_0369.htm. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- "Wikipedia founder accused of agreeing to alter page: report". CBC News. 2008-03-12. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/03/12/wales-wikipedia.html.
- "Canadian pundit, Wikipedia founder in messy breakup". The Canadian Press. 2008-03-02. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. http://web.archive.org/web/20101121045758/http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/02/marsden-breakup.html. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
- Wales, Jimmy (2003-03-01). "Statement of Jimmy Wales". Personal Blog. jimmywales.com. Archived from the original on 2015-08-08. https://web.archive.org/web/20090630100443/http://blog.jimmywales.com/statement. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- Asher Moses (2008-03-04). "Ex takes her revenge on Mr Wikipedia". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/ex-takes-her-revenge-on-mr-wiki/2008/03/04/1204402405901.html. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Rachel Marsden And Jimmy Wales' Sex Chats And Break-Up E-Mail". Huffingtonpost.com. 2008-03-03. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/03/rachel-marsden-and-jimmy-_n_89566.html. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- Siri Agrell (2008-03-02). "Canadian pundit, Wikipedia founder in messy breakup". The Canadian Press. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/02/marsden-breakup.html. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
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