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Matt Labash: The FishbowlDC Interview

bio_labash.jpgSay hello to the Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash.

What word do you routinely misspell? Patric Gaven

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s just a telephone ring, but I call it “Straight Outta Compton,” because it makes me feel like a dangerous gangster.

What time did you get up this morning? The news never sleeps, so how can I?

When did you last cry and why? When I read Jack Shafer‘s Fishbowl interview. He moves me.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Hundreds of thousands, fan letters mostly.

What’s your favorite letter? L — because it stands for “love,” of which I have so much to give.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Andrew Ferguson. A gentleman. A great writer. A great gentleman writer.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? With NAMBLA. I enjoy working with kids.

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)

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Who is your favorite active journalist? Star Jones

What did you have for breakfast? Furry kittens. They’re delicious with a little honey.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toiletries are a modern contrivance for the weak. I bathe in sunbeams, and powder myself with moonlight.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The power to make every person who defends high oil prices by saying we pay more for a gallon of milk than a gallon of gas, to actually drink a gallon of gas.

Red or white wine? Always, always red. Even with fish.

PG-13 or R? If I’m by myself, R. If I’m with my young sons, R, because the sooner they learn that life is full of mature themes and adult language, the better off they’ll be.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson — because he was the father of our country and he freed the slaves.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) On chicken, breasts. On women, legs are the most important feature. Unless they’re amputees, then I don’t judge. In that case, I’d pay more attention to what’s on the inside, or to their torsos.

Friday night or Saturday night? The greatest song ever written about a day of the week is Tom Waits’s “Heart of Saturday Night,” so I’ll stick with that, and give you this.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” “Diner” — which puts all other male bonding movies to shame.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? The Palm — before the makeover. I hate change.

Yankees or Red Sox? Both of them losing makes me warm inside.

Jenna or Barbara? Barbara. But not George W.’s daughter, his mom. I like a woman with experience.

McSteamy or McDreamy? If it’s just a quick lay? McSteamy. But if I want a relationship, McDreamy.

Leno or Letterman? If it’s just a quick lay? Leno. But Letterman would probably hold me and tell me it’s going to be alright.

Stewart or Colbert? Quick lay? Stewart. Relationship? Colbert. But why all the sexual questions?

Boxers or briefs? I wish boxers or briefs provided enough fabric to contain the manhood that the good Lord has so generously endowed me with. It’d be a lot easier to shop. But since they don’t, I’ll just come clean: codpiece.

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