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Spencer Ackerman: The FishbowlDC Interview

spencermug.jpgSay hello to Spencer Ackerman who recently said goodbye to The New Republic.

How many suits do you own? Two suits, one of which was my friend’s bar mitzvah suit. But like 15 sportsjackets & blazers.

What word do you routinely misspell? Exercise! Got it wrong during a 5th grade spelling bee, and developed a mental block ever since

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No, was it good?

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Guns Of Brixton,” by the Clash.

What time did you get up this morning? 8:45 am. The virtues of unemployment!

When did you last cry and why? It’s been forever. It involved an ex-girlfriend.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Sneezy.

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)


Beach, city or country? City.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I’d say beautiful.

What color is your bathroom? I’ll say an off-white.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 50.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Great place to grow up, miss it very badly, but wish we could pass an edict whereby Brooklynites have to pass a history exam before moving south of Prospect Park.

What’s your favorite letter? The Scarlet one.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? John Judis, the most brilliant, integrity-filled man in political/foreign-policy journalism. He’s the reporter I want to be some day, although he doesn’t know much about punk rock.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Yes! The Mixtape Network with Dex Digital for his show about Hurricane Katrina. That Mos Def track is HOT.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? I’ll say Ted Leo, for his brilliant composition, “Since U Been Gone.”

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Three weeks ago I helped out with the Really Free Market anarchist swapmeet in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Who is your favorite active journalist?Just one? John Judis.

What did you have for breakfast? Cigarettes.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? My Palestine High School nylon jacket

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothbrush. Everything else is easily replicable in a pinch.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Every journo probably says this, but the ability to read minds.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GI Joe. Come on! He’ll protect us from Islamofascism.

Each FishbowlDC Interview subject is asked to contribute a word to this ongoing thread. Thus far we have…”Leprechaun suits shimmer Sensenbrennerly. Never regurgitate, orginate! Ideally, chutzpah feathers one’s soul melodically. Rhythmically, supergalifragilistic sounds baroque indeed nefarious but Springsteen defenestrates only stumblebums vote. Dirk Kempthorne squats legitimately…” above…

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