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Posts Tagged ‘Elise Labott’

Journos Check Out Chekhov

Those crazy kids of the Picnic Theater Company were at it again over the weekend. Selling out two straight performances, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Suspicious Package’s Christina Sevilla, Napoleon restauranteur Omar Popal, World Bank’s Bruce MacPhail, NIH’s Oli Robinson and  filmmaker Karim Chrobog, staged “An Evening with Anton Chekhov” at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle.  Spotted in the audience: The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, CNN’s Elise Labott, NYT‘s Eric Lipton, Boston Globe‘s Farah Stockman, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosNurith Aizenmann and  Annie Gowen, Tim Burger, Ashcroft Group’s Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter of Muleh, K Street Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefitted the Helen Hayes Award theater programs for DC kids.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With TWT’s Eli Lake

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LAKE_ELI_004.jpg Say hello to TWT‘s National Security reporter Eli Lake. He’s also a contributing editor to TNR. When I asked him where he grew up, he writes, “I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the neighborhood of Germantown, where – as far as I know – there are no Germans.” Other Lake claims to fame: He has visited all three charter members of the Axis of Evil – Iraq, Iran and North Korea. He lived in Cairo between 2005 and 2006 where he served as the New York Sun‘s Middle East Bureau Chief. On a lighter note, he loves to Google himself.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne. Obviously.

How often do you Google yourself? I get a daily alert. No, actually, I google myself constantly. It’s my home screen. I see my Google results when I close my eyes.

What’s the worst thing youÂ’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa) When I was just starting out, Paul Singer used to say, “O.K. finish up, and in English this time.”

Who is your favorite working journalist? Christopher Hitchens

Do you have a favorite word? Framework-Agreement.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? There are a lot of unanswered questions about both women.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Alcove 1

When did you last cry and why? I was raised by leftists in Germantown, Philadelphia. So I listened to a double album growing up called, “Free to be You and Me,” which contained songs and skits on women’s lib and various forms of tolerance. One song on the album was titled, “It’s Alright to Cry.” Well, I went to John B. Kelly elementary school, which is a public school, and let me tell you, that song is a lie. It’s not alright cry.

What word do you routinely misspell? Journolist.

What swear word do you use most often? Birth Certificate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “You know what old man, you will never understand our music.”

What TV show do you have to watch? Anything on Press TV.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I like to get the Maxx for the minimum.

How Lake makes cancer funny is a mystifying, but he does. Also: find out the best journalism advice we’ve heard in a long time after the jump…

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Van Susteren the Prankster?

Yesterday we told you about Greta Van Susteren‘s ‘reply all’ to a State Department pool report by CNN producer Elise Labott. Greta’s email said “this pool report is a lie,” referring to the Labott’s claim that the pool was “wheels up to Seoul.” Claiming her friend at Fox News was just being a prankster, Labott responded to the email chain last night:

—– Original Message —–
From: Labott, Elise
To:
Sent: Tue Jul 20 19:39:30 2010
Subject: About last night’s wheels up from Dheli

I’ve gotten many emails about the wheels up from last night – thanks to the ever hilarious Greta V.

Let’s you think your pooler isn’t giving the most real time information, I emailed you as we were taxing on what seemed to be the worlds longest runway. So Greta decided to have some fun. Plus she can’t spell the word taxiing or runway and so substituted word airport.

She meant it as a joke between two friends who haven’t slept in 72 hours on this trip

So sorry if there was any confusion. But Greta has dropped off the trip now so there will be no more pranks!

Elise Labott
CNN Senior State Department Producer

Van Susteren: “This Pool Report is a Lie”

Hilarity! Following an email from CNN producer Elise Labott to the State Department pool claiming “wheels up to seoul,” an annoyed Greta Van Susteren replied all discrediting the notion. Emails below:

From: Van Susteren, Greta
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:12 PM
To:
Subject: Re: Wheels up seoul

This pool report is a lie. No wheels up. We have been driving for an hour around this airport

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From: Labott, Elise
To:
Sent: Tue Jul 20 11:55:27 2010
Subject: Wheels up seoul

We are wheels up to seoul. Flight 7 hours.

Elise Labott
CNN Senior State Department Producer