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FishbowlDC Interview with TWT’s Marybeth Hicks

Say hello to TWT Columnist Marybeth Hicks. Metaphorically, you can find her at the intersection of politics and parenting. Literally, you can find her on the opinion page and in book stores.

Hicks lives in East Lansing, Mich., and is the author of three books, most recently “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” She also pens a weekly column which she started in 2004 focusing on politics and culture and their impact on the American family.

Before writing for TWT, Hicks, a graduate of Michigan State University, worked as a writer in the Reagan White House and in corporate communications. But family life reeled her in. She wanted to work from  home “among the four most important machines in a woman’s life… a laptop, a slow cooker, a washer and a dryer.”

She compares the process of writing her latest book to popping out a baby. “It took about nine months, was painful especially at the end, and a few weeks after it comes out, you stop staring at it all the time and start wishing you could sleep through the night,” she told FBDC. The research put her in uncharted territory, she said, leading her to read up on things like “heteronormativity in Disney movies.” (Google it. We did.)

Hicks is a mother of four. Her daughter Kate Hicks is an editor at TownHall.com.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? A gin and tonic. And never diet tonic. That stuff is disgusting. Extra lime.

How often do you Google yourself? Hardly ever anymore. Early on I used to check to see if my column was getting any traction, but stopped once my daughters were looking over my shoulder and I discovered my name had been trolled and put on a porn site. Cost me hundreds to get it removed! These days it sends me to radical leftist blogs where I’m routinely called an idiot. Tell me something I don’t know.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Very early in my career, I was reminded by a boss not to have too much fun at work. In retrospect, that was clearly a nice way of telling me to quiet down. At the time I was confused.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Probably Peggy Noonan. I don’t always agree with her. She was pretty gaga over Obama early on, which annoyed me. But that woman could write about sawdust and her sentences would be lovely and lyrical and use alliteration. Her prose rolled through thoughts like a cloud of literary perfection. It would only be a sawdust essay, but it would be a thing of beauty and I would be jealous. As usual.

Do you have a favorite word? Finished. As in, “I am finished with yet another column. Time for a gin and tonic.” Deadlines haunt me.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker or NYT‘s Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Really? You’re going to make me look like a mean girl in the Fishbowl interview? Because the honest answer is Jonah Goldberg. But if I must, Kathleen Parker, so I can tell her how much I loved her old stuff, back when she was a conservative, and ask if it was a bigger sellout to endorse President Obama or co-host with [Eliot] Spitzer. See, that just makes me seem mean and I’m not.

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment (or radio or print interview moment)? Well, while promoting Kool-Aid, [ex-Human Events journo] Jason Mattera told me during a radio interview that he wished I was his mom. Then he implied that for a mom, I was hot. That was awkward. I changed the subject.

What swear word do you use most often? You’re trying to ruin my Catholic mom image, aren’t you? Okay, well, it depends. The “s” word when I drop or break things; stronger language as the situation warrants. But I’m Irish, so once I vent, it’s over and we’re having a beer.

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Morning Reading List, 05.01.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you think The New York Times’ decision to pull out of WHCA weekend was smart.
  • The Great Newspaper Fuzz-Out
  • Washingtonpost.com launched the Presidential Campaign Tracker, using “information from campaigns, media reports and other sources to compile a listing of events involving presidential candidates and their spouses. (Hat Tip: Wonkette)
  • Archivists To Search Burned Georgetown Library
  • TheStreet.com gives a peak at the “Future of Media” from the NAB show, “nominally a trade-only event for the broadcast TV and radio industry.”
  • Check out Christopher Hitchens on the Daily Show last night.
  • Is Politics The New Sports?
  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Washington radio and TV legend Milt Grant (right) died of cancer on 4/28 at his home in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Circulation Falls at Many Papers
  • Why David Broder Doesn’t Deserve His Position at the Top of the Media Food Chain
  • AFP reports, “America Online, the Internet arm of media giant Time Warner, said it will expand “aggressively” worldwide after stepping into Asia for the first time with the launch of an India portal.”
  • A NARA release announced, “On Tuesday, April 24, Dr. Robert M. Warner, sixth Archivist of the United States, died after a long battle with cancer.”
  • PRWeb announced, “Tiempos del Mundo … was awarded two Gold Honor distinctions — one for the Best Business section and the other for the Best Technology section. The publication also received Bronze Honor distinctions for outstanding Special Section and for the Most Improved Publication of the Year.”
  • Joseph Farah calls Matt Drudge “the guy who got one president impeached and played a significant role in the election of another. The impact of this man can hardly be overstated.”
  • Today, NPR and the National Geographic Society launch a yearlong news series, “Climate Connections,” focusing on climate-related issues. According to the release, the “initiative will launch with coverage from radio, television, magazine and online elements and will incorporate diverse, shared resources of National Geographic and NPR. It also marks the expansion of a 15-year content relationship between the two organizations.”
  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast plans to buy Cablevision’s stakes in two sports networks for $570 million in cash.”
  • YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley writes in Forbes, “The relationship between online video and the big media companies has been in the news a lot these days. Many people reporting on this seem to feel that there is a dividing line between old media and new media. We don’t see the world in those terms.”
  • “Cable network MSNBC has aroused the wrath of Jeff Jarvis, Lawrence Lessig, Michelle Malkin, and many more after attempting to stop all Internet redistribution of the recent Democratic presidential debate.”
  • Micro Persuasion reports, “ABCNews.com is marking its tenth anniversary with a bold new redesign that features increased use of video. Beyond the new skin there’s not a lot that’s new with one key exception — ABC is opening up to contributions from citizen journalists.”
  • The AP reports, “Newspaper editors Joann Byrd and Mike Pride have been appointed co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board.”
  • DCRTV reports, “wtntam570.com officially lists Dennis Miller in the 3 PM to 6 PM slot on the Clear Channel talker. His late morning show will be tape-delayed for the afternoon drive slot.”
  • The Boston Globe caught up Chris Wallace last week, “to talk about his father, his career, and the future of the news business.”
  • On Sunday, Fox News Sunday kicked off a new series “Choosing the President.” Sen. John McCain appeared in an exclusive Chris Wallace. During the interview, McCain defended his conservative credentials: “And the fact is — and I’m pleased with the support that I have, all over the country, from rank-and-file Republicans who are supporting me, who believe in me, who believe the security of this nation is one of our highest priorities and think I’m best equipped to handle it. And I’m proud of that.”
  • Peter Lauria reports, “As if the pending merger between satellite radio operators Sirius and XM didn’t face enough hurdles, news of Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin’s $31 million pay package has provided even more ammunition for the combination’s critics.”
  • E&P reports, “The Audit Bureau of Circulations released the spring numbers” yesterday, “revealing more plunges in daily and Sunday circulation.”
  • Bloomberg reports, “Google has passed Microsoft and Yahoo to become the owner of the world’s most-visited group of Web sites for the first time, according to ComScore.”
  • Also from Bloomberg, “Comcast is posting an 80% jump in first-quarter profit as demand surged for packages of television, telephone and Internet services.”
  • Reuters reports, “The argument that a law banning some broadcast commercials before an election violates U.S. free-speech rights is winning over some backing from conservatives on the Supreme Court while liberals say it limits the influence of money in politics. A decision is expected by the end of June.”
  • Susan Keating starts her own blog.
  • From a reader: “I don’t like The Note’s new site on ABC — they have been slipping lately in not being scrutinizing enough on ‘must-reads’ and now there is too much going on with the site. One of the reasons I like Hotline better is that its design is so simple.”
  • After a Hooters experience went very awry, Mike Grass got an apology from an ex-Hooters Girl apologized in the comments.
  • Reporters Without Borders will auction off 15 official gift bags
    from the Golden Globe Awards Ceremony on eBay. According to the release, the bags were donated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and have a retail value of $599 each. The auction will begin on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, and last a week.

  • Amy Doolittle has left the Politico and is now covering Congress for the Federal Times.
  • The Extremeness points out that Dana Perino does know the name of the Daily Show host, but Don Stewart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesman, is also funny.

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