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FishbowlDC Interview With Knight Kiplinger

Say hello to Knight Kiplinger, Editor in Chief, Kiplinger publishing (Kiplinger Letters, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Kiplinger.com). We spoke by phone this morning just after he did his ritualistic yoga exercises. He spends 20 minutes each morning doing stretches and poses to put himself in a good frame of mind. “I don’t watch much TV,” he noted quickly into the call, saying the Fishbowl interview wasn’t necessarily ideal for someone who doesn’t watch a lot of TV. (We’ll keep that in mind.) “I’m not older than dirt, but I came up through newspaper journalism and print journalism so that’s kind of my bias in my news diet.” Asked about the current state of journalism, Kiplinger’s thoughts are enlightening. POLITICO reporters, you may want to stop reading now. “I think we’ve seen the decline of careful consideration, the emphasis is on quick response, the immediate reaction,” Kiplinger said. “The best journalism is not always the fast journalism. The first analysis is often not carefully considered. Good journalism takes time. It takes reporting. We’ve seen a decline of in-depth reporting. A newspaper reporter had eight or ten hours to do hard reporting, deep reporting, talking to many, many sources before writing a story. The internet has forced everyone to work faster and that sometimes undercuts journalistic quality. So that is the problem.” Here’s the point where WaPo‘s Ezra Klein should stop reading. “These days a lot of young journalists, they all want to be columnists, giving the world their opinions,” he said. “Journalists try to build themselves into a brand, into a marketable entity that can move from periodical to periodical. Of course, that’s what columnists have always done.” Kiplinger sees danger signs. “With too much emphasis on celebrity, the content of journalism gets short shrift. A bigger threat to quality journalism is the unwillingness of young adults to pay for journalism. Older adults will still pay for content. They comprise the subscription-paying readership.” Kiplinger still gets two newspapers at home: WaPo and TWT. At the office he reads WSJ and NYT. “I look through them very rapidly,” he says of WaPo and TWT, saying he prefers to read them in print than online and can do so faster. He particularly enjoys WaPo‘s Metro section. He’s also a relentless reader of obituaries. “In my next life I am going to be an obit writer,” he says. Moving along, he has grave concerns about the industry: “Revenue on internet is not sustaining high quality journalism,” he said. But on a positive note, he added, “the internet has given everyone [a medium]…that is a powerful force, a positive force. This trend will continue.” On the future of journalism: “There will be fewer jobs in traditional journalism for young journalists who want to be the reporter, who want to tell the story of modern life. I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon. We’re in the throws of a great democratization of media. Editing today is a luxury many media feel they can’t afford. You don’t have the level of trust that you once had. Traditional media were gatekeepers to information. They were the mandarins who selected what they thought the public needed to know.” Kiplinger is on Twitter, but he’s not enthralled by it. “Yeah I tweet,” he said. “If you went to my Twitter account you’d see I tweet infrequently. I try to restrain my tweets to kind of broader observations about things going on in the economy. I work very hard to condense and distill. I don’t have a Twitter support staff as a lot of semi-celebrity journalists do.” As an aside, he notes…“There are some people who think I am a celebrity. I just think I’m an ink-stained wretch. I’m not a hyperactive tweeter.” On family…He’s a longtime choral singer and met his wife in the Washington Chorus in 1979. Incidentally, his daughter also met her fiance in the Washington Chorus (a detail reported in WaPo earlier this week). Facebook? “I don’t do Facebook at all. I don’t think the world is that interested in my daily life, and even if they are, I don’t want to share it with them.” Finally, I asked…what one piece of wisdom should every journalist know? He replied, “There’s no substitute for hard reporting.”

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

Schweppes Tonic Water (with real quinine), my teenage favorite, even before I started adding gin.

How often do you Google yourself?

Rarely (Just noticed they now have photos of the search subject, too!)

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

To the owner of the first newspaper I worked for, at 22 years old: “Reporters ought to earn as much as the layout guys with their razor blades and paste pots.”  (He disagreed.)

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it?

It was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name (full name: Daphne Knight). No relation to the Knight publishing family, darn it.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.  No one explains complex economic issues with more clarity and common sense than Wessel.

Do you have a favorite word?

I’m told I overuse “unconscionable,” so maybe that’s it.

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 each of them would be a fine dinner companion, but I’d rather dine with Renee Montagne of NPR, co-host of “Morning Edition.”  She’s a brainy journalist (Phi Beta from Berkeley), award-winning correspondent in South Africa and Afghanistan, adept anchor—and she sounds like a very nice person (based on interviews I hear regularly, and ones I’ve done with her while I was in the DC studio and she was at NPR West in California).

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.)

I don’t know any of these women on sight (don’t watch much TV), so you pick one for my blind date, and I’m sure she and I will be able to save the Earth together. [Okay, we'll play your game. We pick Helen Thomas. That's what you get for not answering.]

What swear word do you use most often? “Damn!”…used sparingly.

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.)

Cokie Roberts, David Frum, Kathleen Parker, David Brooks. (Back-ups for when someone is traveling or out sick: Peggy Noonan and E. J. Dionne.)

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

My zany and wise mother, Gogo Kiplinger (1919-2007)

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Is Cokie Confusing Twitter for Google?

We’re not sure what’s gotten into longtime, respected journalist Cokie Roberts this afternoon, but she appears to be confusing Twitter for Google or worse, Siri.

Can someone please help her out with some — blech! –  homemade Applebees recipes? Because who doesn’t love home cooked dessert “shooters” from Applebees?

Fmr. First Lady Bush To Get Alice Award

First Lady Michelle Obama is clearly today’s It Girl, so what better timing than this morning to announce that former first lady Laura Bush is scheduled to receive the Alice Award?

Bush will be honored by the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill at its Alice Award luncheon on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at noon.  Each year, explains a release, “the Alice Award honors women who have broken barriers and set new precedents for women. Through her work on education, health care and human rights, Mrs. Bush has influenced women’s lives in the United States and around the world. Like Alice Paul, she believes that a world that is good for women is good for everyone.”

The canned but pleasant quote: “We are thrilled to honor such a worthy recipient with this year’s Alice Award. The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum is proud to celebrate Mrs. Bush’s ongoing commitment to improving women’s lives at home and abroad. We are excited to celebrate her achievements and honor her with our Alice Award,” said Lucy Calautti and Peggy Cifrino, 2012 Alice Award Co-Chairs.

Find out who Alice was, and who else has won the award…

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Cokie Releases Statement on Missing Dog

Only in Washington would someone think to actually release an official statement about a missing pooch.

Unfortunately the news is grim. Katie, the canine that ran away the very day NPR’s Cokie Roberts adopted her from Lab Rescue, was struck and killed by a car. Roberts released a statement on it. Bethesda Patch, which has been following the story closely and breaking news on it every step of the way, first reported the sad news.

“We are so terribly sad about the news,” said Roberts in the statement. “We want to thank all who searched so diligently for Katie, and we are deeply distressed for the family who fostered Katie for three loving months.”

Blaming Cokie?

Comments under Patch’s story were unforgiving and squarely placed blame with Roberts. Dog Lover wrote, “Why did the dog go missing after just being adopted? Seems like the journalist wasn’t familiar with dogs, which makes me wonder why the rescue gave her the dog in the first place?” From another: “Katie did not deserve this.” Buzz Lightyear weighed in, saying, “She (Cokie) was warned of Katie’s history and fearfulness, but she insisted on taking her. The Rescue did their job. It’s clear who is responsible. Even if Cokie had asked someone to watche her, she was responsible.” Buzz later added, “…I’m not sad for Cokie. She was taught, warned, etc… Our rescues require a lot of attention because they sometimes come from homes where they’ve been abused. They’re scared. Perhaps Cokie adopted just for show and not because she cared.”

Please note: The photograph comes from Fuzzypants Pet Photography.

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Cokie Roberts’ Dog is Missing!

Photograph by Carina Thornton of Fuzzypants Pet Photography.

Bethesda Patch has the scoop this afternoon on longtime Washington journo Cokie Roberts search for her “timid black lab.” The pup fled the day she picked her up. The reward: $100.

With an abundance of dog meat chatter as of late, let’s hope the worst hasn’t happened. But then again, has anyone checked 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?

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Former NPR’s Bob Edwards: Quite a Sex Pot

A good rule of thumb to live by: Never let a jealous fiancé anywhere near a computer. Social media is an obvious no-no. Case in point: WRTI news anchor Windsor Johnston, who apparently seethed with jealousy when adoring female fans of her future husband, Sirius XM Radio host and former NPR Host of “Morning Edition”  Bob Edwards, began complimenting him. Windsor, who didn’t turn into a green-eyed monster, claims it was a friend who shot off nasty emails to a woman in Ohio. Phili.com’s Dan Gross had the scoop Wednesday.

One of the missives that Windsor didn’t write: “Are you unaware that Bob Edwards is engaged to be married? If you EVER post on his page again – well, you’d be smarter than you look.” She also didn’t accuse the woman of being in menopause even though the woman is just a few years older than Windsor, who is 34.

Edwards, 64 and obviously sexy, was NPR’s first host of “Morning Edition.” He held the job from 1979 to 2004. Despite high ratings, in 2004 NPR removed Edwards and brought in Steve Inskeep and Renée Montaigne to replace him. Colleagues like Cokie Roberts were none too pleased.

 

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

We’re cutting to the chase. No flowery intro needed to delve into a topic we know you’ve awaiting all week long: the number of mushroom heads that will appear on this weekend’s political talk shows. As usual, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wins the consistency award for having two females on his panel.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

The interview will be with GOP presidential front runner Herman Cain.

(Fittingly for this roundup, Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson will provide analysis.)

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Former Maj. Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), George Will, WaPo and ABC News, Cokie Roberts, ABC News, Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman, Obama  Council of Economic Advisers.

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Bob Woodward, WaPo
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 2 Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll bring this to you as soon as hell freezes over or sooner as the case may be. In any case, they usually permit one female on their panel, typically NPR’s Mara Liasson. UPDATE: Indeed, Liasson is on the panel, as is former White House Press Sec. Dana Perino, Brit Hume and Juan Williams. (h/t Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook)

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

Jennifer Rubin, columnist, WaPo, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, Politico, John Aravosis,  liberal political blogger, AMERICAblog.com, Glynnis MacNichol, editor of Business Insider’s media page “The Wire”, Paul Farhi, media reporter for WaPo, Jeff Jarvis, author, “Public Parts”; founder, BuzzMachine.com

WETA’s “Washington Week” with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: 3

Jackie Calmes, NYT
Janet Hook, WSJ
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News and John Harwood, CNBC and NYT

Sunday Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Do you have a penis? Do you know a little something about politics or can you at least fake it? Then the Sunday morning political talk show circuit is for you. This Sunday features a particular abundance of testosterone on Fox News Sunday and most of the other shows. Each week we’re going to keep tabs on the gender breakdown of the panels and guests and see who regularly invites females on their shows and more importantly, who doesn’t.

Take a look.

Fox News Sunday: 0

Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard and FNC contributor
Paul Gigot, WSJ
Juan Williams, FNC political analyst
Evan Bayh, former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana and FNC contributor

NBC “Meet the Press”: 2

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist
Mark Halperin, TIME: “President Obama was a dick yesterday” (Seems relevant)
Helene Cooper, NYT White House Correspondent

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

George Will, WaPo, Cokie Roberts, NPR, Jonathan Karl, ABC, Michael Beschloss, American historian

The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Major Garrett, NJ
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC

CNN’s Reliable Sources: 1

Steve Roberts, The George Washington University
Michelle Cottle, The Daily Beast
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Jeff Zeleny, NYT
Ben Smith, Politico

Paul Carr, TechCrunch

Join NPR’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

NPR will celebrate its 40th anniversary at GWU next Monday night with a “lively look at the history and future of public radio and its impact on our society.”

NPR’s Acting Senior Vice President of News Margaret Low Smith will be joined by Emmy Award winner Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, and Audie Cornish, all of NPR. Also taking part: former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno and GW professor Christopher Sterling, considered to be an expert on radio and broadcast journalism and who has authored several books on radio.

The event begins at 6:15 p.m. on Monday and is followed by a reception. Get more details and RSVP here.

A Washington Couple at Home at Maison Rose

If you don’t at first recognize the byline on the front of Sunday’s WaPo Travel section, you will by graph nine. This is when Steven V. Roberts mentions his wife, Cokie, as in NPR’s Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts. They are authors of the newly released book, Haggadah.

But this story isn’t about their book, but rather their delightful jaunt to to southern France. In St. Jean, they rented a restored 17th Century house by a church called Maison Rose. Cost: $3,000 for the week. The town is described as a “storybook village.” Staying in a home makes the couple feel like town residents as opposed to tourists. Maison Rose is worth it if you can stand the continuous (all night long) church bells, which eventually, Roberts writes, fade into the beauty of the scenery. The trip includes long lazy meals full of wine and succulent veal.

The story jumps not once but twice, but stick with it. You might want to purchase a plane ticket by the end. The persuasion is in the details. Roberts had us at “France.”

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