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Betsy Fischer: The FishbowlDC Interview

betsyfbdc.jpg Say hello to “Meet the Press”‘s Betsy Fischer.

What word do you routinely misspell? Millennium. I had a rough 1999.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s called “free” – not sure why.

What time did you get up this morning? 6:30am

When did you last cry and why? Last week when my five-year old daughter, Ella, lost her first tooth.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 400 but about 150 or so are press releases from various presidential campaigns. I am tempted to “unsubscribe” but then I’d live in fear of missing the one really important news release.

What’s your favorite letter? E

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Easy one. Tim Russert. He hired me 16 years ago as a college intern and has been a wonderful mentor, friend and colleague ever since.

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)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? A few weeks ago. I participated as a mentor in the Oxygen Media Mentor’s walk in DC. I was paired up with three great young women who were interested in the field of journalism. We spent the morning walking (and talking) around the mall and monuments.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Too many favorites to name – but you see them all on our Meet the Press roundtable each week.

What did you have for breakfast? Nothing. I look forward to lunch.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? I would say toothpaste with a toothbrush coming in as a close second.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I would like to be able to wiggle my nose like Samantha in Bewitched and instantaneously appear (or disappear) somewhere. No traffic, no airplanes, no commuting.

Red or white wine? Red, please.

PG-13 or R? I can’t remember the last movie I saw.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln – at night.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast. (From Popeye’s, of course).

Friday night or Saturday night? Neither. My weekend starts on Sunday night.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Wedding Crashers.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Cafe Milano in the summer. The Palm in the winter.

Yankees or Red Sox? Neither. I grew up in New Orleans without a baseball team. Geaux Saints tho!

Jenna or Barbara? I’ve never met them.

McSteamy or McDreamy? McDreamy. Regrettably, I haven’t met him either.

Leno or Letterman? Leno. I’m a loyal NBC’er.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart. Colbert once canceled an appearance on Meet the Press. Is there such a thing as Fishbowl revenge?

Boxers or briefs? Sorry, not going there.

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