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Archives: May 2007

Olivier Knox: The FishbowlDC Interview

olivier 001.jpgSay hello to Olivier Knox, a White House correspondent for Agence France-Presse.

What word do you routinely misspell? When I’m typing breaking news, “presidnet.”

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Bzzzzzzzzzzz, bzzzzzzzzzzz.

What time did you get up this morning? 6:17 am to get my Niblet out of his crib.

When did you last cry and why? 6:17 am. I stopped when I had my second cup of coffee.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? In the high 200s. Apparently, I really need to make my mortgage three inches longer.

What’s your favorite letter? “à”

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? There are two really key people. Stephane Marchand, former DC correspondent of Le Figaro, gave me my first job in journalism as his assistant, back in 1995. And Peter Mackler, AFP’s chief news editor in the US, who hired me in 1996.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I’m volunteering information right now.

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)

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Yes, That Was…

Chris Matthews singing, “Lets Face the Music and Dance” at David Shuster’s wedding.

There just has to be a video of that somewhere…don’t make us beg (although we totally will).

“What does Michael Kinsley really believe?”

Jonah Goldberg and Peter Beinart get to the heart of the matter here.


A Dinner With Andrew Ferguson

The latest issue of Capitol File features an interview with The Weekly Standard’s Andrew Ferguson (author of the new book, “The Land of Lincoln“), conducted by Qorvis’ David Bass. In ther interview, we learn that Ferguson’s next book will be about the Beatles in America.

See the .pdfhere.

This Week In Pool Reports

You get a double dose of pool reports this week due to the holiday weekend. In this episode, VP gets a bear hug (awwww), James Gerstenzang hates detail and POTUS gets to play a game of Lets Pretend To Cross The Border.

  • “The VP delivers a speech full of menacing descriptions of America’s terrorist foes and a pledge from the president to provide the new cadets with all they need to fight the war on terror. ‘You soldier for him and he will soldier for you.’ (see transcript) The 22-minute speech, delivered in deep Cheney monotone, is punctuated by occasional applause. Cheney then hands diplomas to select graduates, who file up to the stage and crisply salute the VP before shaking his hand and receiving their scrolls. (One large young man gives the VP a bear hug, after apparently asking Cheney permission).” — Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times

  • “AF1 did a vertical takeoff (or it felt like one) from Andrews, where the Air Force was practicing for their show this weekend. The combat vibe was shortly undone by the appearance of very jaunty fruit smoothies garnished with pineapple in the press cabin (apologies to Gerstenzang, who loathes this kind of detail).” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “After a short motorcade, POTUS arrived at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, situated on 1,500 acres in southeast Georgia with modern facilities to simulate various scenarios for future officers. POTUS took a look at an outdoor land crossing, with three lanes for vehicles and three booths emblazoned, ‘Welcome to the United States.’ POTUS was accompanied to the faux crossing by the two Cabinet secretaries, the two senators and Connie Patrick, director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. (Chertoff and Martinez evidently got the uniform memo, because each appeared to wear identical dark blue suits, pale blue shirts and yellow ties; POTUS was the only one in red tie.)” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “After a uniformed officer showed POTUS around the fake border crossing, outside your pool’s ear range, he was taken inside the building to a fake airport passport control station, complete with six lanes, computers and uniformed officers. POTUS was given fake documents to hand to the man in uniform, who greeted him with a jaunty, ‘Welcome to the United States, sir.’ The officer then appeared to question the president about who he was, why he was coming into the country, where he had visited before landing here and why he has such a funny name. Your pool couldn’t hear the questions or answers, but hopes POTUS didn’t let on that he lives on the public dole and occupies public housing. The agent dutifully took POTUS’s fingerprint and his photograph. POTUS evidently passed any instant check because the officer then stamped his fake documents and allowed him in. POTUS, more grateful than most, then shook the officer’s hand and posed for pictures with him and a partner. He then posed for pictures with others as the pool was led back to the vans to wait for him to complete the tour. The motorcade took just a couple minutes to reach the speech site.” — Baker

  • “Two other programming notes: If you see Pete Seat today, wish him a happy birthday. But don’t ask his age. It’ll only depress you.” — Baker

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    Cartoon Of The Day

    Today’s cartoon comes to us from RJ Matson via Cagle Cartoons.


    O’Donnell / Tracy Baby Pics!

    FishbowlDC brings you the first picture of twins Henry and Grace Tracy at one week old. They’re the children of proud parents Norah O’Donnell (MSNBC) and Geoff Tracy (chef).


    Any Excuse To Mention Borat Is A-Okay readers may have noticed this yesterday:


    Of course, the actual article had nothing to do with Borat, but whatever…

    Things That Make You Go Hmm…

    We apparently scratched our head for the same reason Public Eye did yesterday…

    So the Post writes a piece about Allison Stokke, an attractive 18 year old track & field star who’s endured much scrutiny thanks to some pictures of her making their way around the Internet. She really just wants to be left alone (included in the article’s sub-head: “…Becomes a Victim Of Unwanted Attention…”).

    Yes, yes, so let’s help her out by writing an article about her for the front page?!?

    What do you think?