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The FishbowlDC Interview With Daily Mail’s David Martosko

Say hello to Daily Mail’s U.S. Editor David Martosko. He formerly was Executive Editor for The Daily Caller. Before that, he worked for Berman & Company, a PR shop that specializes in fighting progressive activists who target corporations. We must say, Martosko is one of the more colorful people in Washington media. For one thing, he’s kind of a panicky figure. He works at a frantic, relentless pace. He can sometimes be found in Sidecar, the dimly lit basement portion of the downtown restaurant P.J. Clarke’s, where he’s a member but where he won’t be found drinking. He’s also – weirdly – potentially deathly allergic to mushrooms. “The last time I ate a whole mushroom, I wound up with a swollen throat, red splotches in places where itching isn’t all that pleasant, and a very memorable two minutes when I couldn’t breathe,” he told me. “Eating them just isn’t worth the risk. Plus I’ll never have to explain to my wife how I wound up ‘accidentally’ hallucinating after dinner.”

Onto the interview.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi.

How often do you Google yourself? I haven’t in a long time. I’ll let the NSA do that.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything too bad. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the only nice people in the business. Tucker Carlson has unkind words for just about no one he works with. The Daily Mail people are class acts, and their accents make it impossible to be angry with them.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson. She’s a tough investigative reporter who breaks amazing stories and refuses to be anyone’s lap dog. It looks like her computer was hacked as a consequence, but I’m waiting for her to finger the schmucks who did it. She’ll probably figure it out.

Do you have a favorite word? It’s a tie between Wanderlust and Schadenfreude.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I’ve taken to saying “Cheers!” a lot (instead of “See ya later”) since I went to work for the Daily Mail. But I refuse to say “whilst.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, CNN’s Kate Bolduan or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. Are you kidding? Kate by a mile. She has the whole package, and a voice that I can listen to for more than 5 minutes without drifting off to wonder if I’ve left the oven on.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Last summer I sat in a hotel meeting room in Morocco, talking with an intelligence expert about the confluence of Islamist factions converging on Northern Africa. I left the conversation with a reality-check about just how out-of-control things are in the Islamic Maghreb – and about how countries we don’t think much about, like Algeria and Mali, are the next growth areas for al-Qaeda. Scary stuff, but so valuable to learn about it from people who live it every day, and who care enough about it to risk getting shot at now and again.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica. She’s more likely to get you on television, and less likely to kill you afterward.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. One of my most enduring mental snapshots from The Daily Caller is seeing Jeff Winkler standing on Alex Pappas’ desk, dancing with his pants around his ankles, trying to be a distraction while Pappas interviewed some congressman. The photo wound up as a Funny or Die caption contest. Read more

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Kondracke Appointed to Jack Kemp Chair

Librarian of Congress James Billington has appointed Morton Kondracke, a veteran journalist for five decades and former Executive Editor of Roll Call, to the new Jack Kemp Chair in Political Economy in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

As explained in a release, from September 2011 to March 2012, Kondracke will research and write about Kemp’s congressional career, his leadership role during the Reagan era, his presidential campaign and his influence on the Republican Party and the nation.

Kondracke: Give Me Some O’Doul’s!

From the Washington Times:

    “I like RFK better.”

    That was the immediate reaction from Washington print and broadcast journalist Morton Kondracke when we bumped into him in the sprawling concourse of the newly opened Nationals Park during Saturday evening’s exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.

    Otherwise, Mr. Kondracke, who battled alcoholism during the 1980s, made it clear he had visited an untold number of beverage vendors in the sparkling new stadium — trust us, there are many dozens — and yet none served nonalcoholic beer.

    “You can print this: ‘Mr. Lerner, where is the nonalcoholic beer?’ ” asked Mr. Kondracke, addressing his question to Ted Lerner, whose group of Washington-area businessmen owns the Nationals.

Morning Reading List, 09.19.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ extended its run as the #1 evening newscast last week, winning among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the nineteenth time in twenty-one weeks. The ABC broadcast averaged 7.70 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 380,000 Total Viewers and 20,000 key demo viewers.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup has a Meetup tonight! To RSVP and see who else is going, click here.

  • Congrats to Washington Examiner columnist La Shawn Barber for her “Daily Show” appearance last night.

  • Broadcasters Urge FCC to Reject Digital Transition Mandates

  • AP reports, “If you’re not plugged into the Internet, you still have to buy the whole newspaper even if you only want to do the crossword puzzle. But online, that and other stand-alone features are increasingly popping up all over the Web.”

  • Matthew Felling will finish out the rest of the week on MSNBC’s
    “Morning Joe.”

  • Blitzer, Matthews try to woo Ellen

  • Murdoch’s Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?

  • Roger and Me: Some CNBC Staffers Are Pining for Ailes

  • FCC Draws Fire for Emmys Bleeping

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, expects to save $100 million after its acquisition of Dow Jones & Co. and might scrap the fee for reading the Wall Street Journal’s Web site.”

  • For Time Warner, a time to break up?”

  • AOL takes on The Big Apple. CNet News.com reports, “770 Broadway is in a notably ambiguous location, to the point where AOL could really stake a claim to one of a handful of Manhattan locations depending on how it wants its new “advertising, not access” incarnation to be branded.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The Emmy telecast on Fox attracted 13.1 million viewers, the fewest since 1990, as the television industry’s annual awards show faced competition from football, baseball and reality programs.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “You heard it here first, folks: The New York Times is indeed putting paid to its paid-content program, TimesSelect.” Content Bridges reports, “So the New York Times’ decision to eliminate Times Select tonight at midnight leaves its emerging online business in a more precarious state — in that one-legged balancing position that any yoga newbie knows is a tough position to maintain.”

  • “CBS White House correspondent Jim Axelrod — you might remember him as the fellow labeled ‘defeatist’ by then-White House press secretary Tony Snow — was involved in another tense exchange last week, this time with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.” Public Eye has the details.

  • Indiana Daily Student reports, “When Bob Woodward uncovered the first details of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein in 1972, he worked against a government that clouded itself in secrecy and became infamous for hiding important information from the American people. Woodward believes the current administration is much the same.”

  • “Pictures of the Year International is beginning its 65th year as the world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions and collections. POYi has just scheduled dates for our 2007-08 program. An advance look at the categories and guidelines will be posted on this Web site at www.poyi.org in early December”

  • AScribe Newswire reports, “TechPresident.com, a data-rich, nonpartisan group blog that covers real-time, online activity of the 2008 presidential candidates — and chronicles online content from voters who will elect them, is this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.”

  • New York Business reports, “The New York Times Book Review said Monday that it will redefine and expand its best seller lists starting with the Sept. 23rd issue.”

  • Bill Steigerwald writes, “Is Morton Kondracke a conservative op-ed columnist? Are David Broder, Cokie Roberts and Thomas Friedman centrists? That’s what Media Matters for America, the left-wing media watchdog outfit in Washington, would have you believe.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co., Lee Enterprises Inc. and McClatchy Co. fell to decade-long lows in New York Stock Exchange composite trading after Merrill Lynch & Co. cut its ratings on the three newspaper publishers to ‘sell.’”

  • Business 2.0 reports, “Newspaper ad sales are expected to decline 5 percent in 2007, so it’s no surprise that print publications are eager to squeeze more cash out of their Web sites. One obvious source: local advertising, which accounts for more than 80 percent of ad spending but less than 20 percent of Internet ad sales.”

  • “News Corp. said its $5.2 billion acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., a deal that will give Rupert Murdoch control of the Wall Street Journal, probably will close in about two months,” Bloomberg reports.

  • From CJR: “Our Score: Murdoch 2 — Journalism 0. No Ingrassia book, Varadarajan quits as readers learn to play Austrialian rules”

  • “Nielsen’s Adweek Media is launching a business networking site, At the Roundtable, for professionals in advertising, marketing and media.” Check it out here.

  • Portfolio reports, “Once in a while, Maureen Dowd is terrific. More often, she’s lazy, smug and shallow, trafficking in little but caricature and innuendo. Her most recent column, on Hillary Clinton’s perceived weakness on military issues, contains a prime example of Dowd at her worst.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “O.J. was back. O.J. was proclaiming his innocence. O.J. was doing the perp walk. The Juice was under arrest, and television was magically transported back to the mid-1990s, when all of America argued about every facet of the double-murder case. … ‘It’s the story that just doesn’t go away,’Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who has interviewed Simpson several times, said by phone from Las Vegas.”

  • Peter Barnes, Jenna Lee, Nicole Petallides and Cody Willard are joining the FBN anchor team.” TVNewser has the details.

  • Also from TVNewser, “Weatherman Tony Perkins, a former GMAer, is now part of Washington, DC’s WTTG-TV/Fox 5 morning team.”

    Jobs

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Web Designer.

  • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation has an opening for Washington Producer position.

  • Fox News Channel is looking for an Associate Producer.

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  • Will Speak For Money

    Bob Woodward is among the highest paid media speakers in the Washington Speakers Bureau. Woodward garners between $25,001-$40,000 per engagement, the same fee William Bennett charges.

    Looking for a more reasonable speaker? Tucker Carlson and Scott McClellan go for $15,001-$25,000.

    Fred Barnes, William Kristol, Norman Ornstein, Paul Begala, Frank Sesno and John Sununu charge $10,001-$15,000.

    Morton Kondracke, Mike Barnicle, and Bill Press charge $7,501-$10,000