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John Mercurio: The FishbowlDC Interview

mercuriojoncap.JPGSay hello to Hotline’s John Mercurio.

What word do you routinely misspell? Misspell.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Silent. I recommend it, highly.

What time did you get up this morning? 5:15am

When did you last cry and why? Writing about Russert.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Never counted. However many it takes to mean that I’m important and popular.

What’s your favorite letter? Huh?

What single person played the biggest role/had the biggest influence on your journalism career? My mom, who patiently taught me how to write.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I voluntarily admit that I need to volunteer more often.

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)

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Who is your favorite active journalist? Impossible to choose. But I try to watch everything Candy Crowley and her great team produce. I also listen to everything Chuck Todd says, because he’s usually spot on.

What did you have for breakfast? Corn muffin, banana and OJ. The Rosita special!

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Some people probably think I’d say hair gel, but I’ll go with soap.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be?
Either being invisible or being able to fly. Or being able to fly invisibly.

Red or white wine? Red.

PG-13 or R? R.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Another impossible choice, between Lincoln and Jefferson. As a student of American history, you can’t beat the Lincoln. But I personally have more memories of time spent at the Jefferson.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast (chicken, of course).

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday night, definitely.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Old School

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Neither.

Yankees or Red Sox? BU terriers.

Jenna or Barbara? Barbara who? Jenna’s got a much better agent.

McSteamy or McDreamy? McSteamy. We’re buds.

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Leno or Letterman? Letterman.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart.

Boxers or briefs? Whatever’s clean.

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