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Posts Tagged ‘Bob Woodward’

Katrina vanden Heuvel: My Interns Have No Idea Who Bob Woodward Is

It’s never really a good thing to brag about how dumb your interns are. But at the risk of offending every intern in her midst, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, announced on Twitter last night that her “smart” interns have no clue who Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is.

Ten minutes later she pulled her head out of her ass thought better of it and announced that in fact they do know who Woodward is.

Phew! We were worried there for a minute.

Julie Mason Finds Bob Woodward ‘Grumpy’

Just before the holidays, Borderstan, a Washington D.C. blog covering the neighborhoods of Dupont, Logan  and U Street chatted with Julie Mason, who hosts “The Press Pool” on SiriusXM’ Potus Channel.

The always candid Mason didn’t hold back on her most (and least) favorite interviews… Read more

Separated at Birth: Bob Woodward

Today we match one of the most famous journalists in the United States — WaPo‘s Bob Woodward and The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. Strangely, we also think Woodward has more than a tinge of “Steve” (David Eigenberg) from “Sex and the City”

in him.

Eat Breakfast on Politico’s Dime, Hear Woodward, Rubio

Politico is hosting a Playbook Breakfast on Wednesday morning featuring the new Messiah Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and author and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward. Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen will conduct the interviews. Breakfast will be served.

Time: 8 a.m.

Place: Newseum

Want to attend? RSVP here.

Want to stay home and watch in your Winnie the Pooh pajamas? Visit for the livestream.

Have burning questions you want answered? Tweet them to @POLITICOEvents.


10 Men Not to Bang in Washington

By Betsy Rothstein and Eddie Scarry

In the wake of the scandal swirling around now former CIA Director David Petraeus, we’ve decided to create a quick tip sheet for large-breasted women who are considering affairs with high-powered (some hideous) men in Washington. Here’s who not to sleep with if you’re getting that sudden urge to become a homewrecker. And for god sakes, if you must, do not ever communicate by email. (And text is probably no good either. We hear stationery may be making a comeback.)

10. Rep. Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. See his title. And repeat.

9. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). As fun as he might be with his dry humor and bright blue eyes, there’s no doubt that at some point in the affair he would burst out crying. That’s reason enough. But there’s also the high probability that his breath is smoky and his skin feels like leather.

8. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He’s a man of few words and he leaves stray hairs on Pepsi cans if you know what we mean. Also…if he looks this bored, really?

7. Gen. Stanley McChrystal because he’ll talk shit about you behind your back (and then tell it to a reporter). And his name is Stanley. Need we say more?

6. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan. For one thing, there’s his wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell. She’ll kill you with one glance. And for another, does he have all his teeth? Though we recognize some people are into that sort of thing.

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Morning Reading List 10.12.12.

1. Biden’s thousand-watt smile — Though a bit blurry, FreeBeacon brought us Joe Biden’s 7 best smiles of the debate last night in the first 30 minutes of the debate. Pretend you’ve just visited the eye doctor and have been given drops. You’ll be fine. Just don’t look for too long. Watch here. Speaking of Biden’s grin, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin has a roundup of the nation’s morning headlines that ought to make Biden smile. Read here.

2. Woodward leans toward Obama — National Journal magazine’s Brian House has an interesting Q & A with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward about his new book, The Price of Politics. In it, Woodward alludes to the bad blood between House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor. He also suggests some might prefer a Joe Biden presidency to that of Obama or Mitt Romney. Read the full interview here.

3. Woo Woo politics — Anne Ortlee, a Manhattan astrologer, says Mercury will be in retrograde come election day. What does this mean? “He rules people,  he rules how we communicate and express our will. Him stopping on election day is very, very important.” She explains this has happened only once before in the history of the United States in Gore V. Bush. When he freezes, she warns, chaos ensues. “Vote early because it’s going to be crazy on election day,” she added. How sure is she? “More sure than I want to be.” NowThis News is a BuzzFeed video partner.


Corn Gets Woodward Stamp of Approval

Say what you will about Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn, but over the weekend he got the nod from journalism’s Big Daddy. That would be WaPo Associate Editor Bob Woodward, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howie Kurtz.

Kurtz in typical nerdy Howiesque fashion, tried to open the door for Woodward to say something unseemly about Corn, suggesting, at least by his question and intonation, that there was possibly something wrong with the way Corn obtained and released the video of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney spouting off at a private fundraiser.

“Quite the opposite,” Woodward declared. …”It’s a big scoop and one of the important campaign stories of the year.”

Chris Matthews is a 10-Year-Old

Happy Anniversary Chris Matthews!

This week the syndicated weekend program, The Chris Matthews Show, marks its 10th anniversary. In celebration, they will run a Top 10 Political In-Your-Face Moments of the Past 10 years. Guests will include some regulars: Bob Woodward of WaPo, Joe Klein of TIME, Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News, and Katty Kay of BBC World News America.

See the Top 10 List…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Politico’s Irascible Morning Money Man Ben White

Say hello to Politico‘s Ben White, who writes the “Morning Money” column covering the nexus of finance and public policy. Before Politico, he covered Wall Street for the NYT. Other publications he has worked for include WaPo and the Financial Times. He lives in New York City. As some of you may have noticed, Ben has something of a temper problem. Of course not remotely to the degree of Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve, who was recently voted FishbowlDC’s “Worst Temper in Washington” in our Summer Superlatives. But Ben has his moments, like a recent rash of irritation he felt during a trip to Washington at the Madison Hotel where he had made a reservation. When he arrived, they wouldn’t honor his reservation. Suffice it to say, Ben wasn’t pleased and felt Twitter shaming might do the trick. One other important thing about him? He appears to have a man crush on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as you’ll see below. In all sincerity, the finance reporter has a self-deprecating wit we’ve grown to appreciate in recent weeks, so we wanted to find out a little more about what makes him tick, or rather, what ticks him off.

Have a look.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  Soda Stream version of diet coke. I drink so much of it I have to make my own.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Worst thing I’ve said: “Do you have any idea at all how financial markets actually work?” The answer: “No, I really don’t.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I don’t have one favorite. I love tons of reporters. Right now I’m in special awe of Maggie Haberman for her tenacity and productivity. It’s astounding and frankly I think she must be on steroids.

Do you have a favorite word? I have three. Jacob and Rafi, my two boys, and Jenna, my love.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, FNC’s Juan Williams or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Tell us why. Blitzer. Because everywhere he goes is the Situation Room and that’s where I want to be. And his silvery beard mesmerizes me and has all the answers.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had while on the campaign trail and who was it with? My favorite was Karen from Arkansas with the huge hair and sequined blue dress who was most looking forward to her delegation’s party for Bill Clinton.

The population is dying out and you are required to save civilization as we know it. You have a romantic evening ahead of you (to save the planet) and you have three possible dates. Pick one. 1. Wolf Blitzer, Juan Williams or Candy Crowley. Just joking. Your real three options: 1. Lindsay Lohan 2. A much younger Madeleine Albright or 3. Chelsea Clinton. If I can’t have Blitzer, I’d go with Madeleine Albright because her story is so incredible and she is so breathtakingly smart.

Tell us a funny story from the road. Can be long or short. In 2000, my man job seemed to be carrying legendary Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory‘s bags around New Hampshire. I think its my best memory from the trail and probably the most useful thing I’ve done in journalism.

What’s the most revolting thing you’ve eaten in your campaign travels? And the best? I ate most of my dinners in Tampa from a vending machine. But best meal was also there, original Cuban sandwich at Colombia Restaurant in Ybor City with former Sen. Mel Martinez.

What annoys you most about campaign coverage? And what gratifies you about it? … 

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WaPo Reporters Meet in Secret

Against a backdrop of buyouts and plummeting circulation and a disappointing Pulitzers outcome, a group of prominent WaPo journos met secretly at the Bethesda mansion of Bradley Graham, a former WaPo reporter, to talk to Steve Hills, president and general manager of the newspaper. Adweek has the story this morning. The meeting transpired on April 17.

Although the 10 or so journalists who attended agreed not to talk about the meeting, Adweek‘s Lucia Moses got someone yapping. Hills is one of three WaPo employees quoted in the story. He downplayed the importance of the meeting. The others: Executive Editor Steamed Marcus Brauchli and WaPo Ombudsman Patrick Pexton, neither of whom attended the apparently not so hush-hush meeting.

As the magazine states, if the goal was to get assurances that there would be no more cuts and to convince Hills that the newsroom needs more to produce the high-quality journalism and investigations it’s known for, they left disappointed. Question swirled around the fate of the investigations unit, a permanent group started by Bob Woodward in 1982 and a crown jewel of the paper.

Brauchli insists he is committed to investigative journalism and will not dismantle the unit. Pexton spoke of newsroom pressure to pick up the pace of reporting.