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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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Who is your favorite active journalist? I can’t pick just one colleague that I admire above all others. But since this appears to be a kind of “here’s what insiders are reading” question, I strongly recommend ABC newsman Jon Karl’s written work on Darfur and Iraq in the Weekly Standard.

What did you have for breakfast? Four cups of nuclear-strength coffee. It’s about 9:20 right now and I’m about to make oatmeal. It’s a thrill-a-minute here.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Other people’s deodorant.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Being able to cancel anyone else’s superpowers.

Red or white wine? Red. Or an extra-dry Sapphire martini, up, no vermouth but the glass splashed with half a capful of Cointreau, and a twist. I’ve reached that point of middle-age when preposterously twee affectations have become preposterously twee embarrassing tastes.

PG-13 or R? R.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course)? Chicken? Is that a dig at the French? Zut alors!

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday night.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School”: “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me.” There’s only one movie that Mike Allen has seen three times during a 10-day stay in Waco.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? No thanks.

Yankees or Red Sox? The Las Vegas “51s” won the last baseball game I saw.

Jenna or Barbara? It’s tres americain of you to suggest that this is either-or. (Or, cough, neither. Hi Jen!)

McSteamy or McDreamy? I’m told that I would lose my wife to McDreamy.

Leno or Letterman? Eddie Izzard.

Stewart or Colbert? I. Said. Izzard.

Boxers or briefs? In the interest of sparing your readers a totally horrifying and unnecessary ‘visual,’ I’ll abstain.

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