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NY Democrat Omeed Malik joins Daily Caller as minority investor, contributing editor

NY Democrat Omeed Malik joins Daily Caller as minority investor, contributing editor
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New York Democrat Omeed Malik has joined the Daily Caller as a minority investor and contributing editor, The Hill has confirmed.

The former Merrill Lynch hedge fund managing director cited an "imperative" need for "people with diverse backgrounds across the ideological spectrum" to "discuss ideas freely" and "avoid echo chambers" that result in "confirmation bias" in explaining his decision. 

Malik, 41, currently co-hosts a weekly digital program with Daily Caller Senior White House Correspondent Christian Datoc called "Wall Street Meets Washington."

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He also had an appearance on the Showtime hit "Billions," a fictional show that focuses on the hedge fund world.

"Given the high level of polarization in our country today, it is imperative that people with diverse backgrounds across the ideological spectrum come together to discuss ideas freely and avoid echo chambers that only lead to confirmation bias," Malik said in the Monday afternoon statement provided to The Hill. "In that vein, I'm excited to join the Daily Caller to do just that and to assist in delivering passionate, authentic, and respectful news and commentary."

Daily Caller Publisher and Editor Neil Patel said Malik being "a lifelong Democrat" and "a Muslim American son of immigrants" on the Daily Caller team will help provide "multi-dimensional perspectives."

"This is not about conservative versus liberal. It's about providing a free speech, independent media alternative to the dominant corporate media with its increasingly bland corporate news products," he said. "Omeed Malik shares this vision. As a lifelong Democrat, a hugely successful Wall Street veteran with both legal and political experience and a Muslim American son of immigrants, Omeed is committed to bringing new voices to Daily Caller."

Malik donated to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE in 2019 but has also donated to several Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org, including Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGorsuch rejects Minnesota Republican's request to delay House race Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Nevada: poll The Memo: Women could cost Trump reelection MORE in 2015, Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDozens of legal experts throw weight behind Supreme Court term limit bill Presidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death MORE III (D-Mass.) and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHarris faces biggest moment in spotlight yet Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (D-Hawaii). Malik also hosted a fundraiser for Gabbard in 2019.

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The Daily Caller, which attracts primarily a conservative audience, was co-founded by Patel and current Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonCable news October ratings explode as Fox News hits historic highs Trump aide accuses CNN's Chris Cuomo of breaking quarantine while COVID-19 positive in heated interview Tucker Carlson to interview Hunter Biden business partner and discuss 'new allegations' MORE in 2010.

--This report was updated on Aug. 18 at 7:14 a.m.