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FishbowlDC Interview: A Gentleman and a White House Pooler

Say hello to Boston Globe Congressional Reporter Bobby Caina Calvan, who has also stepped in as a White House pooler. We worried when Bobby wrote us the following email this morning: “Wow, lots of questions! Won’t have time to answer all of them. How many minimum do you need?” We hoped for the best and expected the worst. But Bobby is a real quick study. He came through with flying colors in no time at all. Enjoy!

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  A diet Coke – sweet but empty.

How often do you Google yourself?  Who Googles themselves these days? Let alerts do it for you. (And what Google misses, my former interns and mentees inevitably find.)
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? All my interactions with my bosses are civil. I’ve even been called a gentleman – which is a good thing, right?
Who is your favorite working journalist and why?  This question is like rubbing salt into the wound of non-working journalists out there. Have you no compassion for our out-of-work peers?
Do you have a favorite word? I love the word “frenetic,” mainly because I love its synonyms: frenzied, wild, frantic, mad, rabid … all great words, too.
Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Martha Raddatz or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. I’m sure they’re all lovely women with whom to break bread. Candy and Martha I’m sure would be a great conversationalists, and I’m sure Megyn might let me get a word in during dinner. But if I’m networking for the sole purpose of meeting other intelligent women in broadcast, Megyn might have to be the choice. Have you all seen this? http://www.foxnewsgirls.com
The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, any of the women from FNC’s “The Five” or MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) That’s a huge burden to put on a guy. However, Kerry Washington and I will do everything we can to save human civilization.
What swear word do you use most often?  F***er!
You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I’d invite Eleanor Clift and give her the time to actually say something. I’ve always felt sorry for her on the McLaughlin Group, where she’s always interrupted before she can make a point. Boys, let the woman speak!
If you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?
Wow, you’re making me choose between my parents. Seems like life all over again.
Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) Sigh. I had to Google all those names.
When you pig out what do you eat? The whole pig, from snout to tail. When there’s no pig roasting, a high pile of nachos smothered in beef chili, cheese and jalapeno peppers.
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Morning Reading List, 10.29.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • B&C reports, “Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Fox News Channel are at loggerheads over a campaign ad that uses a 19-second clip from McCain’s widely cited ‘tied up’ comment during a Fox News-sponsored debate telecast.”

  • Bloomberg reports, Ted Leonsis, vice chairman emeritus of Time Warner Inc.’s America Online unit and owner of the Washington Capitals, talked with Bloomberg’s Peter Cook in Washington on Oct. 24 about owning a National Hockey League franchise, AOL’s growth and business in the nation’s capital. Leonsis is also chairman of Revolution Money.”

  • Forbes reports, “That enterprising film directors, musicians and other content creators can reach online audiences without corporate intermediaries is a game-changing development for traditional media companies. Amid the upheaval, a few themes emerged during the Forbes MEET conference that should both reassure and further worry those companies.”

  • Media Guardian reports, “‘Everyone should be worried when Murdoch goes head-to-head,’ Murdoch’s biographer Michael Wolff tells Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade.”

  • The AP reports, “The board of The Associated Press on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the way the AP prices and packages news for its member U.S. newspapers.”

  • DCRTV reports, “The DC chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association has named former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews winner of its highest honor, the 2007 Peter Hackes Memorial Award.”

  • Don Surber writes, “McClatchy should recall its new Baghdad reporter”

  • DCist reports, “Last night a few of us made our way to Nellie’s Sports Bar, where the Washington Blade was giving out its Best of Gay D.C. awards. We were honored to pick up the prize for Best Local Blog”

  • USA Today reports, “We’re going to go out on a limb and say that reporter Bobby Caina Calvan is having a bad day. Calvan, a Baghdad correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, is under fire in the blogosphere because he wrote on his personal blog about efforts to ‘bully’ a U.S. soldier who stopped him at a checkpoint outside the Green Zone.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “It stands to reason that Howard Kurtz, the reporter who popularized the phrase “the Clinton propaganda machine” by including it in the subtitle of his 1998 book, Spin Cycle, would still be tracking the couple’s devious ways with the press. … In his new book, Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War, Kurtz captures Hillary Clinton—or at least her campaign—at her wily best as she negotiates the terms of engagement with the network news anchors after announcing her candidacy.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Suzanne Scott Promoted to VP of Programming at FNC”

  • The PEJ News Index shows, “Three of the top-10 topics on the cable and radio talk shows last week directly involved the hosts themselves. They included an argument over the SCHIP health care program, the debate over U.S. policy in Iraq, and the strange case of Randi Rhodes.”

  • A reader writes in, “Something to keep in mind. You can’t have a proper alarm system hooked up to alarm employees, security, police, and fire/rescue (for co2 emergencies) without a landline.”

  • Forbes reports, “Google, for online businesses, has the impact that Alan Greenspan once had on the financial markets. Online companies pounce on every whisper or cryptic comment from Google about how it ranks pages as an indicator–up or down–of how online traffic will flow for millions of Web sites.”

  • TV Week reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is abruptly scheduling one of the final hearings necessary to complete its media ownership review for next week. The move is a strong indication that Chairman Kevin J. Martin will move ahead with his aggressive timetable to complete the review by year end despite objections from Congress and Democratic commissioners.”

  • Can you answer CQ Political Trivia for October 26?

  • Inside Cable News reports, “FNC announced this afternoon that Laura Ingraham has joined the network as a contributor and also as the O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes’ Primary substitute host.”

  • People Magazine reports, “CNN’s American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry and her husband, CW weather forecaster Chris Knowles, are expecting their second child together, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel is the #1 channel on XM TALK. CNN came in #5. The first-of-its-kind Arbitron list is a weekly average of listeners from April-June 2007.”

    Jobs

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking an Editorial Assistant.

  • United States Coast Guard is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Reporter/Correspondent, Business.

  • The Daily Record is looking for a Reporter and a Legal Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Writer.

  • Newsday is looking for a Washington Correspondent.

  • UCG is looking for a Content Developer, Home Health Coding Pro is looking for a Medicare Reporter.

  • The Council of State Governments Justice Center is looking for a Communications Associates.

  • BizBash is looking for a Assistant Editor.

  • BizBash is looking for an Senior Editor/Washington Bureau Chief.

  • Smithsonian Digital Media is looking for a Air & Space Web Production Intern.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for an Art Director.

  • The Campaign/Institute for America’s Future is looking for an Assistant Online Producer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Public Relations Assistant.

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