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Barton Gellman: The FishbowlDC Interview

PH2007062500510.jpgSay hello to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman (his website), author of the new book, “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Condoleezza

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Hail Columbia”

What time did you get up this morning? 6:20 (with Benjamin, my one-year-old)

When did you last cry and why? When did you?

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? ~100, way more trapped in the spam filter

What’s your favorite letter? U betcha.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Three way tie: Marion Barry, Saddam Hussein, Dick Cheney.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp)

Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.


When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Running lines at West Side Soccer League. Can’t ref until I figure out the off-side rule.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Dexter Filkins.

What did you have for breakfast? Bagel, rugalach, coffee. All the basic food groups.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? One?

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Declassify.

Red or white wine? Latour, if you’re buying.

PG-13 or R? Whatever.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Naval Observatory.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course)? Beak.

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Vince over Will, Owen over Luke — plus Chris Walken! Wedding Crashers by a mile.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? I live in NYC. Get serious.

Yankees or Red Sox? Don’t care, sorry.

Jenna or Barbara? Back off, pal. I have teenage triplets.

McSteamy or McDreamy? McDreamy.

Leno or Letterman? Letterman.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart. But really both.

Boxers or briefs? Need-to-know basis for that one.

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