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A Candid Christopher Lawford Kennedy at the Ritz (the Right Ritz After the Wrong One)

For someone who speaks about the vital importance of “emancipating himself” from his family and who doesn’t even speak to many family members these days, author Christopher Kennedy Lawford sure has a lot to say about the benefits of being part of Camelot.

Lawford, the only son of actor Peter Lawford and Patricia “Pat” Kennedy, showed up to the Georgetown Ritz today to be interviewed by Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt, who moderates Q & A Café apart from her magazine duties. The lunches are typically loaded with old school socialites, women who lunch and retirees looking for something to do. Sometimes the room is sparse. Today it was bustling. A Kennedy — even a socially removed one — can still draw a decent crowd.

Joynt begins by razzing Lawford for showing up at the wrong Ritz. Hey, it happens. Talking to Lawford is like talking to someone loaded up on an enthusiasm steroid. Whatever project he has worked on, he’s off to the next and wants to tell you his plans and thoughts for the next decade. Thankfully he’s not stiff about it. For instance, he speaks of a book he’s working on about understanding women: “And then I read Lolita and thought, what’s the use?”

Joynt, in her own subtle way, knows how to go for the jugular, at least the jugular for a room full of socialites who don’t want to see anything get too uncomfortable. She drops a big name and tells Lawford she ran into Maryland’s former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend the other night, who told her, “It’s one thing to write things about yourself, it’s another to write about your family.” The interviewer wants to know how the Kennedy clan reacted to his writing so many books over the years, the clincher being his memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal. His next book was Moments of Clarity, which chronicled a variety of addicts. His current book, Symptoms to Live is a day at the beach compared to the memoir.

“It’s the last thing I intended to do, quite frankly,” Lawford tells Joynt of being an author. But Lawford is a little like V.P. Joe Biden in that he’s “frank” about everything, so it isn’t saying much.

Lawford’s first anecdote of the afternoon is one that shouldn’t make patrons fall sleep in their gazpacho and encrusted salmon adorned with fried crisps. In 2005 when the memoir came out, he recalled, he had plenty of recovery. But it was also the year he separated from his wife and the year he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. His career was also taking a nosedive.

“I was 15 years sober and was like, this is it?” he told a rapt audience. “I was wandering around ranting in my bathrobe wondering what had happened to my life.”

Chuckles all around the room.

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FishbowlDC Interview: Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer is a living legend and icon of American journalism.  The moderator of “Face the Nation” and Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News has worked as a journalist for more than 50 years.  Since joining the network in 1969, Schieffer has won six Emmy Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, was inducted to the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and became the namesake of Texas Christian University’s School of Journalism.

And though he’s moderated two presidential debates, earned nearly every award under the sun, and is arguably one of the most recognized figures in American media, Bob’s ability to maintain humility and a wicked sense of humor may be his greatest accomplishments of all – and the secret sauce behind his ‘staying power.’

When I asked Bob what it’s like to be considered an icon, he replied, “I’m not sure I am, but as Jack Benny once said, ‘I find being famous quite enjoyable.’”

Next Wednesday, CBS brass will host an event to toast Schieffer’s 20 years as moderator of “Face the Nation.”  In anticipation of his platinum anniversary, we caught up with Bob for a very special FishbowlDC interview…

What was the proudest moment of your career? I’m not sure it was deserved, but I think the thing that means the most to me was when my alma mater TCU named the journalism school in my honor.

Most embarrassing moment? I once dropped a hot cup of coffee on Maria Shriver, but that was on the morning news. And then there was the time President Ford called on me at a prime time news conference and I couldn’t think of a question to ask. So I just said, “What about the Russians?” and lo and behold he gave me an answer that made page 1 news.

Most shocking answer you’ve received in an interview? The most startling answer I ever got on Face the Nation came from Bob Bennett, then President Clinton’s attorney. A woman named Paula Jones alleged she had intimate relations with President Clinton. She was said to have described characteristics about Clinton that only someone who had been intimate with him would have known. When I asked Bennett about this he said, “The President is normal in size, shape and direction.” I nearly fell out of my chair.

Who was your most memorable guest? I guess the most antagonistic interview I ever had was with Ollie North when he was running for the Senate. I have fond memories of interviews with Henry Kissinger, various presidents, Billy Graham and also, Morgan Fairchild.

What inspires you? Walter Cronkite was my hero when I was growing up. I always wanted to be like Walter and I still do.

Any career regrets? Yes, I wish it was just starting.

What’s one unfulfilled item from your bucket list? It involves Gwyneth Paltrow but I don’t want to go into detail.

*Bob’s favorite journalists,  rising stars, advice for aspiring reporters and why he wears purple socks every day after the jump.

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Rothstein Returns as New FishbowlDC Editor

Betsy(2) (2).jpg As many of you know, Christine Delargy, my Fishbowl wife of 10 months is leaving me for a promotion at CBS, her full-time gig. And though no one will truly fill the void left by C-Bass, you’ll be happy to hear that you won’t be stuck reading only my posts after Christine’s departure…

At 5’3″ she cuts a non-threatening figure but her sweet and innocent exterior is most certainly deceiving. She has physically chased more members of Congress than she cares to recall. She has written about a congressman who ate horse intestines on a co-del, the famed Minneapolis Airport men’s room and political sex scandals. Maria Shriver once had her tossed from the Four Seasons and the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) has used her as a human walker…

She’s Betsy Rothstein – the new voice of FishbowlDC!

We’re happy to announce Betsy Rothstein’s return to Washington and thrilled to share that she’ll be joining FishbowlDC as my co-editor beginning Monday, December 7th.

As The Hill‘s former “In the Know” gossip columnist and the creator of the paper’s most popular issue, the “50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill,” Betsy comes to us (completely overqualified) with more than ten years of experience as a Washington reporter. She worked as a flack to Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). Rothstein studied journalism in London and has lived in Spain and Mexico. She earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Please join me in welcoming Betsy back to DC as co-editor of FishbowlDC!

Sunday Show Notes

• Conflicts between the White House and Fox News remained a topic of discussion on the Sunday shows this weekend. This is after White House communications director Anita Dunn appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last week and said of Fox, “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network…”

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” senior advisor David Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way… We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate. But understanding that they represent a point of view.”

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King and said, “While it’s clear what the white house and what Anita said, the concentration of the white house isn’t about what Fox is doing.”

On FOX News Sunday former adviser to President Bush Karl Rove said, “This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.” (h/t TVNewser)

And B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie weighed in on Howard Kurtz‘s show on CNN: “Fox News doesn’t thrive on access from the administration. They’re the opposition. They thrive on agitation.”

Related– NYT‘s David Carr: The Battle Between the White House and Fox News and AP’s David Bauder: Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News.

• That was CBS political analyst John Dickerson filling in for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

• In MTP’s “Take Two” on the web, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Maria Shriver, John Podesta and David Gregory discuss the impact of Gloria Steinem– this convo ties into NBC’s reporting on “A Women’s Nation.” Shriver also addressed her recent apology for being caught talking on her phone while behind the wheel.

• And does MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow belong on “MTP”? Someone certainly thinks so…

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-

ABC’s This Week: White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod and a roundtable with WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan and ABC’s Jake Tapper and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. John Thune (D-SD)

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and CNN’s Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and William Bennett

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, CBN’s David Brody, B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie and AmericaBlog.com’s John Aravosis

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: CNAS’ Thomas Ricks, “Superfusion” author Zachary Karabell, “Keynes: The Return of the Master” author Robert Skidelsky, The Econonist‘s John Micklethwait and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, AP’s Charles Babington, NJ‘s James Kitfield and Politico‘s John Harris

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and a panel with Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein

CNN’s Amanpour: CSIS’ Sarah Mendelson, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski, Queen Rania of Jordan, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Will update as we learn them.

Early Sunday Show Listings

• NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory has Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta. Maria Shriver will also make a special appearance to premiere “A Woman’s Nation,” a week of reporting on the state of women in American life.

• CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King has Rahm Emanuel and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Gwen Ifill will host Time‘s Karen Tumulty, AP’s Charles Babington, NJ‘s James Kitfield and Politico‘s John Harris on “Washington Week.”

Morning Reading List 09.29.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Gwen Ifill! A tipster points out that today also marks her ten year anniversary as managing editor and moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week.” U2′s Bono is in town for tonight’s concert at FedEx Field. There’s a private screening of Michael Moore‘s new film “Capitalism: A Love Story” tonight at the Uptown. FBDC will be there so look for coverage tomorrow. How to plant an item on Page Six. How to plant an item on FishbowlDC.

What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES

TV

CNN has launched an iPhone app.

NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales, CBS’ Russ Mitchell, ABC’s Brian Ross and CNN’s John Roberts will be presenters at this year’s RTNDA awards on October 12th.

Check out CBS correspondent Byron Pitts‘ remarkable story here.

Maria Shriver is back at NBC– as a guest editor for a week of special coverage on women, NYT reports. She’ll be a guest on “Meet the Press” October 18th and much of NBC’s coverage will be based on her project, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

And SNL newbie who dropped the f-bomb on Saturday’s show won’t be fired.

ONLINE

Katie Couric interviews The Daily Beast founders Barry Diller and Tina Brown on her webcast, to air today and every Tuesday. Check out a sneak peek of Diller’s comments on the future costs of web content here.

BOOKS

Publication of Sarah Palin‘s new book is being moved up from next spring to November 17th and the anticipated title is “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Did this piece in Slate by John Dickerson inspire the title? (h/t Mike Allen)

Palin’s memoirs were also a topic of discussion on today’s mediabistro Morning Media Menu.

The Daily Beast is taking on book publishing, Beast Books.

NEWS NOTES

“60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager and VF Editor Graydon Carter announced that the two organizations have teamed up to create a monthly poll with results revealed on “60 Minutes” and in the magazine.

CBS announced yesterday another partnership with GlobalPost to expand its foreign reach via the site’s 70 correspondents scattered among 50+ countries. Dets here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

“Meet” Interviews Maria Shriver for Sunday’s Show

David Gregory interviewed Maria Shriver, Senator Kennedy’s niece and daughter of Eunice, for tomorrow’s “Meet the Press,” the hour of which will be dedicated to Senator Kennedy. Shriver is a former NBC correspondent.

The Shriver interview will air in its entirety tomorrow. FBDC has these excerpts for now:

Shriver: I think both of them (Ted Kennedy and Eunice Shriver) are incredible testaments to how long it takes– how hard one has to work to accomplish something. And I think we’ve lost sight of that in this country in all professions, whether it be journalism or politics. People expect you to get elected president and solve all the problems immediately. And I think if they look at people like Teddy or like Mummy, they see how long they had to stay in there and keep hammering away and hammering away. And I think that that gives us hope– when people get disillusioned that they didn’t get something done right away. If you look at people like that and say, “Wow– they accomplished a lot but it took a long time.”

And:

Gregory: What was that final year like for him?

Shriver: Well, I think it was, for me, watching this final year was– beautiful. Because I think– you know, there have been a lotta things written about Teddy over the years. And it hasn’t all been complimentary. And I think– for someone to have that kind of love come at you is a very powerful thing that very few people I think ever experience in their lifetime.

Check FBDC’s listings of all this Sunday’s shows here.

>>MORE: Shriver says watching her uncle’s final year was “beautiful.”

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

And after the jump, Shriver discusses the accomplishments of Senator Kennedy and her mother who died just two weeks ago, in a second video clip…

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Morning Reading List 07.10.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Shawna Thomas and to Garrett Graff, who celebrates tomorrow. Kudos also to Jill Jackson, Brian Haefeli and Mark Preston who also correctly guessed where the C-SPAN bus was parked. We asked you earlier this week what you thought of the latest National Review cover- 92% say just fine, 8% think it’s too much.

Happy Friday! What we know and what we’re reading this morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT‘s considering a $5 a month web-access fee, according to Bloomberg.

Ten questions for NYT‘s Bill Keller via Time: “It was partly the insatiable desire for scoops people in the Administration were feeding about the potential threat in Iraq,” said Keller of The New York Times’ coverage ahead of the Iraq War. “But a lot of it was just that we floated along with the conventional wisdom, the worst enemy of journalism.”

TV

Twenty questions from The Hill for Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on-air? A: How do I narrow that down? I think honestly the worst thing is when you cannot find a word that is incredibly common but for some reason you have a brain freeze. I remember doing a report outside a restaurant about E. coli, and I couldn’t remember the word meat.” More on her reign as Miss Virginia 1990, her resume in local news and outlook for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s hearings next week here.

Congrats to MSNBC’s Willie Geist and his growing family who welcomed baby George William this wee.

NEWS NOTES

The Daily Show‘s John Oliver made a visit to DC this week, taking the opportunity to rip on a few TV newsers, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Wolf Blitzer. Check out TWT‘s take here.

Katie Couric, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards and Kate Gosselin are lined up to attend Maria Shriver‘s annual Women’s Conference this fall.

How did the media do covering the Michael Jackson “saga?” MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman takes a look.

What does Ana Marie Cox really think of Politico? Washington Whispers gets the scoop here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

Maria Shriver introduced her new HBO film series on Alzheimer’s disease at an event this morning at the Hay Adams. She shared with the audience, which included NBC’s David Gregory and Norah O’Donnell and HBO’s Sheila Nevins, stories of her father, who has had Alzheimer’s since 2003. We hear there were few dry eyes in the house. Shriver is scheduled to testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging tomorrow as part of the Alzheimer Study Group. Read more from The Hill here.

Doesn’t seem like Philippe Reines is making many friends at the State Department. Politico’s Ben Smith reports the senior advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton has brought some of the “drama” from the campaign to State.

WaPo just launched “How to Survive a Layoff,” a quick guide and 10 step checklist to get back on track to finding a new job. Check it out here.