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FishbowlDC Interview With NPR’s Mara Liasson

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mliasson.jpg Say hello to NPR’s Mara Liasson. She’s also a FNC contributor and appears regularly on “Fox News Sunday”, where she sits on the weekly roundtable and spars with FNC’s Brit Hume and The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol. She often sides with NPR’s Juan Williams.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Seltzer.

How often do you Google yourself? Once. That was enough!

Who is your favorite working journalist? Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You can’t fire me-I quit! (just kidding)

Do you have a favorite word? auschkaflipped

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Michelle Obama.

What word do you routinely misspell? Recommend.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Old fashioned phone.

What swear word do you use most often? No comment.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Heave the health care bill over the finish line” … but hopefully I will never have to say that again.

What TV show do you have to watch? None.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Online.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? I clearly am a cultural ignoramus. I’ve never watched a whole show of any of them.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? Letterman.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? President Obama. He’d get us rescued fast.

Who has been your mentor? Cokie Roberts.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? From Cokie-keep your eye on the horizon-think long term.

What and where was your first job in journalism? Reporter for the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Read more on Liasson after the jump to find out about her embarrassing bout of seasickness…


What’s your most embarrassing career moment? When I got seasick on a reporting trip with a group of fisherman on a boat while I was covering the Bass and Bluefish Derby for the Gazette.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? Bill Clinton on the day the Monica Lewinsky story broke.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy least? Bill Clinton on the day the Monica Lewinsky story broke.

WhatÂ’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? Mint Chocolate Chip.

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