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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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE in 2019 but has also donated to several Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org, including Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Beau Biden Foundation to deny lobbyist donations, make major donors public Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE in 2015, Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions MORE III (D-Mass.) and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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 CarlsonCompany appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism Presidential pardons need to go MORE in 2010.

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