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Greg Mitchell: The FishbowlDC Interview

GM Photo.jpgSay hello to Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher and author of the new book, “So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq.”

What word do you routinely misspell? dilemna

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? No idea, cell phone is rarely on. Maybe it just rattles.

What time did you get up this morning? 7:00 a.m.

When did you last cry and why? Two weeks ago at a couple of points in Alban Berg Quartet’s farewell concert in New York during Beethoven’s “Cavatina.”

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 300 or more at work, plus 50 at AOL

What’s your favorite letter? Favorable. Oh, you mean letter: BB

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Clark Kent. No kidding. Growing up in the ’50s. Started it all.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Donated and attended fundraiser for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Who is your favorite active journalist? Tough one. Maybe Bill Moyers, if he counts.

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)

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.


What did you have for breakfast? Mango and muffin.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Pravachol, probably.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I thought the USA was the only superpower to choose from?

Red or white wine? Both. Muscadet with oysters though. Dry riesling.

PG-13 or R? Definitely R.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln. Never been to the Jeff. Does he look like Paul Giamatti too?

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast, but actually, split the difference — thigh.

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday night.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Neither. “The Lives of Others.”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Neither. Cochon in New Orleans, or the food at the Jazzfest.

Yankees or Red Sox? Mets, but always Red Sox over Yanks.

Jenna or Barbara? These are porn stars? Client 9 favorites?

McSteamy or McDreamy? Ditto.

Leno or Letterman? Letterman

Stewart or Colbert? Colbert, narrowly.

Boxers or briefs? Believe it or not, both (but not at the same time).

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