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FishbowlDC Interview With MetroWeekly’s Snow

Say hello to Justin Snow, Metro Weekly‘s political reporter and bacon lover. Earlier this year he replaced Chris Geidner, who went to work for BuzzFeed. Before he joined the gay news magazine, Snow was a reporter for MarylandReporter.com and Baltimore magazine. He also freelanced for the New York Post and the American Prospect.

Snow told FishbowlDC he never “set out” to cover the gay beat. “I’ve always been a political junkie and a reporter who has covered a wide range of topics, which have included LGBT issues, but that has never been my sole interest,” he said. We asked him to help save a hypothetically dying out population and gave him three options of media women with whom to procreate. That went over real well. On a more serious note, mags are Snow’s preferred medium and he said working for Metro Weekly has so far been “fantastic.” On a cheery note, he added, “I hope to be writing for magazines for as long as readers are still reading them,” he said.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Ginger Ale. And no, I’m not 70 years old — just acerbic.

How often do you Google yourself?

I delegate that task to Google Alerts.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

Is that what you’re wearing?

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, mainly because I want his job.

Do you have a favorite word?

I say “absurd” an absurd amount.

Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Diane Sawyer, under the condition that the Chardonnay flow as freely as it did on election night.

Find out Snow’s favorite swear word and who peed on his bed after the jump… Read more

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Daily Caller’s Martosko to Keynote ATF Party

We’re in a season of seriously exciting times.

And come Aug. 11, The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko will travel to the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, Colo. to speak to an audience at the Independence Institute’s “Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms” party. The soirée will include whiskey, cigars and guns. The crowd fully intends to party their asses off and offend as many people as possible. No doubt Martosko will steer clear of the booze. Guns, shooting and cigars? Wild ostriches couldn’t keep him away.

From the Institute’s website: “Billed  as ‘the most fun, most politically incorrect event of the year,’ the ATF Party will give attendees of all skill levels the opportunity to hone their shooting abilities and celebrate those civil liberties – smoking, shooting and drinking – that most irritate nannyists.”

Martosko boasted last week on Twitter that he would be keynoting the event and that his speech will appear on C-SPAN. The colorful editor is the keynote and will give his presentation at 1 p.m., right after lunch and the clay pigeon shoot. C-SPAN will be there to cover party speeches.

Past lunch speakers include Steve Moore of the WSJ, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, the Capitalist Pig Jonathon Hoenig, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, internationally renowned columnist Christopher Hitchens and former Daily Caller video blogger Mary Katharine Ham, now an Editor-at-Large for Hot Air.

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Quotes of the Day

Reuters‘ Shafer confronts intern issue

“Most interns shd pay to intern.” — Reuters‘ media writer Jack Shafer, who engaged in a battle with New York Observer‘s Foster Kamer (previous Village Voice sh-thead, still a sh-thead) on Twitter yesterday. Shafer: “Most interns are whiny, needy little shits like you, who require endless babysitting.” Kamer: “Jack Shafer: The … abusive stepfather I never had nor asked for, who is not my stepfather.” Shafer: “See you at hospice.” Shafer: “If unpaid internships are so horrible, why is there so much competition for them? Because the experience is valuable.” Kamer: “I’ll remind you of that as your sole visitor while you otherwise die alone…Reliable Sources on endless loop.” Shafer: “Promise?”

Namedropping Hitchens

Andrew Ferguson proudly name drops the late Christopher Hitchens in this fascinating essay in Commentary Magazine in which he contemplates those who name dropped and wept for the writer upon his death. He also explores whether Hitchens would have enjoyed a hit-piece obit. The last graph: “It’s maybe not the best fate for a man who once might have hoped that his ideas would be taken seriously, but it’s the fate Hitchens chose. At least that’s my theory. And I knew the man for more than a quarter of a century. Did I mention that?”

Question of the hour: “What do you get your wife for Valentine’s Day when she’s due to deliver your baby the day before?” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Mourning Soul Train’s Don Cornelius

“I never could get my Afro to work right, but I am among the legion who wanted a turn on that Soul Train line. #DonCornelius RIP” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A sign of what’s to come…Former Poynter blogger extraordinaire Jim Romenesko shows up Poynter by breaking news of TBD’s Andrew Beaujon joining Poynter as a media writer before Poynter. @romenesko: “9 days after I broke the news!”MT @Poynter: “It’s official: Andrew Beaujon will join Poynter later this month as a media writer.”

Is this journo high?

“Telling moment: I was spilling coffee on my pants during an interview today while Facebook was raising $5 billion.” — NPR’s Scott Simon, who lost us at “pants.”

And finally, how does Jonah really feel about Trump?

“Folks I will criticize Trump even if he endorses ME. He’s an ass-clown of world-historical proportions.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg.

WaPo Weingarten’s Poem on Hitchens

While many reporters offered their personal thoughts and feelings about Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens after his death, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten took a few moments this week during a web chat largely on fecal humor to share his feelings through poetry. A reader wrote in and asked if he had any commentary on Hitchens’ death and his thoughts about him as a writer. He replied, “As soon as I learned of Hitchens’s death, I twote this”:

Christopher Hitchens ceases to be –
A remarkable life he led
He isn’t in heaven; he isn’t in hell,
He is simply, emphatically, dead.

Hitchens Reading List 12.19.20

With the passing of Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Christopher Hitchens came an outpouring of personal stories by journalists about their relationship with their friend, their mentor, their hero and in one case, someone they had met just once. We rounded them up for you here with a poignant line or excerpt.

Portrait by Patrick Ryan.

The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller’s Matt Labash writes for Slate on traveling with Hitchens in Iraq. “After a protracted tussle in which Yacoub demanded Hitchens’ press badges, then after a cooling off in which he gave them back, then after a resumption of hostilities when Hitchens decided he didn’t want his Kuwaiti press badge back as the Kuwaitis were proving themselves the tramplers of liberty, Yacoub screamed that Hitchens would ‘leave Kuwait tonight!’ It’s pretty hard to get kicked out of a war. But Hitchens almost managed.”

David Frum writes about the man he couldn’t resist even after meeting him.

Washington Photographer Patrick Ryan once spent a morning smoking and drinking with the great writer. “He came over to greet me wearing socks and we immediately started talking as though we’d known each other for years.”

Townhall columnist and WMAL’s Derek Hunter writes about the pitfalls of Hitchens’ literal interpretation of everything. Like vodka for instance. Or toads. “Speaking of emails, I remember one that he signed, ‘Wishing you well in this toad-filled season.’ I thought, ‘What the Hell does that mean?’ I Googled it, I asked everyone. I found nothing to explain it. Finally I asked Grover if he knew what it meant, because I didn’t want to ask Hitchens and risk looking stupid. Grover looked up from his desk and said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe he’s just some place with a lot of toads.’”

WaPo syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker wrote about how she “devoured” Hitchens’ writing. Eventually she met him one day in the makeup room of NBC. “To say I was a friend of Hitchens would be an exaggeration, though I did enjoy the pleasure of his company on several occasions. But one needn’t have known a writer to mourn his passing or to feel profound sadness about all the silent days to come. No matter what the topic, I always wanted to know what Hitchens thought about it and, lucky for the world, he seemed always willing to end the suspense.”

Christopher Buckley‘s was fittingly among the first eulogies to emerge on Hitchens in The New Yorker. He starts out, “We were friends for more than thirty years, which is a long time but, now that he is gone, seems not nearly long enough.”

WaPo Screws Up Hitchens Obit

Now this is embarrassing.

WaPo published its obituary for Christopher Hitchens early this morning, but left out a few vital details when someone hit publish. Instead of telling readers where and why Hitchens died, they left in the filler text, “cause, place of death.”

J-School Buzz, a student-run blog about the Missouri School of Journalism, published a screenshot of the obituary snafu on their website at 12:15 a.m. Their headline: “How Not to Write an Obituary, Courtesy of The Washington Post.” Blog Founder and Publisher David Teeghman wrote the story.

Visit here. We’re impressed. Follow them on Twitter: @JSchoolBuzz.

Christopher Hitchens Dies

One of Washington’s most revered writers, Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens, has died. He spent much of the week surrounded by family and loved ones at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Washington media outlets have been preparing for the news. Hitchens is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia. He was 62.

Vanity Fair announced the news just before midnight Thursday:

It is with tremendous sadness that Vanity Fair announces the death of our contributing editor and dear friend Christopher Hitchens. Christopher died today from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Dec. 16, 2011: Goodbye from Christopher Buckley….read here.

See the CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Hitchens from earlier in the year.

June 4, 2010: The Original Announcement: “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.” See here.

July 2008: Hitchens gets waterboarded at the request of VF Editor Graydon Carter. Watch here.

His final interview with Richard Dawkins.

Could Hitchens ever be a Christian? The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg declares on Dec. 13, 2011, that Hitchens has not found God.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With The Daily Caller’s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein. You might have caught him on FNC’s “Red Eye,” where he appears approximately every two weeks. He lives in Chinatown but prefers cabs to the Range Rover he rarely drives. A brief duck theme emerges in his interview. Completely unintentional, he claims: “My duck phone ring is because someone changed it as a joke and I decided to keep it.” Weinstein grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. but wasn’t a beach bum. “I didn’t go to the beach very much,” he says. “Just because it’s there. It’s just like in D.C., you have all the monuments but you don’t really go to see them.” He arrived to The Daily Caller after finishing grad school at the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in the History of International Relations. Out of the blue, he explains, they were looking for a deputy editor. He jumped in with both feet. In June he switched roles from Deputy Editor to Senior Editor. In his former role he worked with the daily stream of newsroom copy. In his new one, he makes TV appearances, writes long form and does more video interviews. If he has his druthers he’d follow in the footsteps of his mentor and boss, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. “I like what Tucker has done as a career as a writer and on television,” he says. “If I was lucky to have a small part of what Tucker has been able to do, I would be happy.” Career aspirations aside, the weirdest thing about Weinstein may be his penchant for eating tomatoes – he can’t get enough of them. Speaking of who he might like to throw a tomato at, we asked him who is the TV personality he can’t bear to watch. Weinstein names MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He might be the worst broadcaster on television ever,” he says. “It’s amazing he has come this far. One, he is clearly not a smart person. Secondly, his voice has a tone that people don’t want to listen to for long periods of time.” Referring to his “Lean Forward” ad, he adds, “I don’t think America needs two shows of Ed Schultz.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bling H20 (sparkling, of course)

How often do you Google yourself? Easier to say how often I don’t Google myself.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I try not to speak to my fellow editors.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’ll give you three: Matt Labash, Michael Lewis and Christopher Hitchens. I never miss anything they write.

Do you have a favorite word? No (that’s my favorite word).

What word or phrase do you overuse? the

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? It depends. If I’m tired, I would say Chris Matthews — I wouldn’t have to do any talking. Otherwise, Chris Wallace.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Bo — he’s closer to the president. He more likely knows President Obama’s innermost secrets and was probably privy to some of his most uncensored comments. If I get a few drinks in him, I am sure he will spill it all. Plus, I prefer Portuguese Water dogs to lapdogs.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Duck (and this is not a joke).

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? No, but only because I don’t have a BlackBerry. But I do check my iPhone — want to see if any great Nigerian investment offers have come in.

What swear word do you use most often? Ah, shucks [He assures me he does swear, but doesn't have a favorite.]

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? The guy who comes up with ideas for reality TV shows.

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.) Charlie Manson, Pat Buchanan, Charles Barkley and Jackie Mason.

When you pig out what do you eat? I have a strange habit. I eat tomatoes often at every meal. I eat tomatoes with vinegar on it, oftentimes multiple orders. This has been going on almost the entirety of my life. My dad used to have it when I was younger, occasionally. For some reason I eat it all the time.

When did you last cry and why? When John Bolton decided against running for president. Ten years after 9/11, I felt al-Qaida had scored its first victory.

Who is your mentor? [Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief] Tucker Carlson. He will actually take time out of his day to give you advice on almost any issue that arises professionally or not. He’s a great model of what journalists of his stature in D.C. should wish to emulate insofar as when you meet him he makes [you] feel like you’re the most important person in the world.

Find out about Weinstein’s purple velvet jacket after the jump…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Bloomberg’s Health Care Reporter Anna Edney

Say hello to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Born and raised in Bowie, Md., she is a health care reporter for Bloomberg. Her resume informs that she has worked at a number of insidery Washington publications. They include Congress Daily, NJ, FDA Week, Inside Washington Publishers and the Washington Examiner. Her colleague, Sophia Yan, describes her like this: “Anna’s fun, sweet, full of surprises and incredibly tough. I think she’s an incredible woman.” Tough is right. While Edney’s press experience may sound wonky, you might not want to cross her. She once got a teacher fired for selling crack. Carry on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Orange Fanta

How often do you Google yourself? When I want to see my dog you awarded “Most Beautiful” in the FishbowlDC’s DogBowl 2010, so a lot is the answer.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything awful I’ve said.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Christopher Hitchens. What’s not to love?

Do you have a favorite word? humdinger

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Chris Matthews

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I’d choose Bo. I’m obviously a dog person.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Glacial groove

When did you last cry and why? Ha, no way.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasion

What swear word do you use most often? fuck

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? A farmer.

Our last interviewee, Fake Jim VandeHei, has an important question for Edney after the jump…

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From Christopher Hitchens to Kim Kardashian: TIME’s List of Most Influential

The names on TIME‘s 2011 100 Poll were revealed today.

No doubt, VF’s Christopher Hitchens will be relieved to know he made the same list as Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, Snooki and Charlie Sheen. Some other media personalities and journalists to make the list include FNC’s Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck, HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, NYT David Brooks, Nick Denton, Oprah, I-Look’s Hung Huang, NPR’s Andy Carvin, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and NYT food writer and blogger Mark Bittman.

Michelle Obama also made the list along with Petraeus, Gingrich, Giffords and more.

Readers have until April 14th to say whether they think someone on the list is influential or not. The winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue.

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