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The FishbowlDC Interview With Examiner’s David Freddoso

12.jpg Say hello to the Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso. He’s the online opinion editor. He went to work there in June 2009 after, his bio says, “serving” as Capitol Hill staff writer for National Review Online for nearly two years. His NYT bestselling book is The Case Against Barack Obama. He considers the late Robert Novak a mentor. Freddoso spent three years assisting Novak. He came to Washington in 2001; his first D.C. writing job was for Human Events. He told me to feel free to make up “additional accomplishments” about him, but I think I’ll leave it at that. He’s an amusing interview, read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? MGD. In a can.

How often do you Google yourself? Every day, but everyone has his own way of spelling my last name, so it doesn’t work. (His high school coach once spelled his name “Ferdosa.”)

What’s the worst thing youÂ’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Antagonizing an editor is kind of like taunting the soldiers you’re embedded with. I avoid it because I expect them to save my life at least twice a year.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Tim Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Do you have a favorite word? “No.”

Whom would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? You really don’t ask softball questions, do you?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? BBPro_ElectriCall. It sounds like…a phone ringing.

When did you last cry and why? My beagle had cancer and had to be put to sleep earlier this summer.

What word do you routinely misspell? Millennium.

What swear word do you use most often? I’m not going to type any words I wouldn’t want my six-month-old daughter to find in this interview when she grows up and goes online.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Really.” And em-dashes.

Find out where Freddoso shops and which senator “gently” pushed him out of the Members-only elevator after the jump…

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News Notes: Harwood, Wolf and Honoring Novak

A few things we thought you should know…

Politico caught up with CNBC’s chief Washington correspondent John Harwood post-President Obama’s OTR-turned-viral Kayne “jackass” comment. “The custom in television, as I understand it, is that when you have an interview of this kind, the little chit-chat when you are getting ready to sit down to do the real interview is off the record,” he said.

And on ABC’s Terry Moran: “My understanding is that he tweeted it without realizing it was understood to be off the record,” Harwood said, while describing Moran as “a class act and a good journalist.”

Wolf Blitzer will have an exclusive interview with President Hamid Karzai about “U.S. troop presence in the country, the accusation of fraud in the recent presidential election and other important issues,” according to a release. Interview will air tomorrow on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

• The Phillips Foundation announced today that it will name its Journalism Fellowship Program in honor of Robert Novak. The legendary newsman passed away last month of brain cancer.

Morning Reading List 08.19.09

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 Emily Goodin and Mary Matalin! What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



NYT ran an op-ed Sunday by President Obama and has actually decided not to charge syndication clients who want to run the piece after some complaints from editorial page editors.


Fox News was the second most-watched basic cable channel in primetime last week, only behind USA. FNC was 5th overall in Total Day viewership. MSNBC was 24th in primetime and 32nd in Total Day. CNN ranked 26th in prime and 23rd in Total Day. And Glenn Beck, in particular, had a great week, ratings-wise.

Also, a good week for MSNBC in primetime.

Gail Shister profiles CNN’s Michael Ware for TVNewser.


NPR has selected the three budding journos who will participate in a year-long intensive training and reporting program at NPR and member stations- congrats to Carolyn Beeler, Habiba Nosheen and Sam Sanders. More at FishbowlNY.


Earlier this week former deputy press secretary to Presidents Nixon and Ford Jerry Warren said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” Now, the Daily Beast’s Lee Siegel calls Gibbs “smug.” Poor guy can’t win.

From Esquire: How to Field Questions Like the President.


NJ reports former ABC newsman John Miller, whose also had stints with the NYPD and LAPD, is leaving his public affairs role at the FBI to help lead reform efforts for the intelligence community. NJ’s sources say Miller will move to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


Obituaries for Robert Novak in NYT, WaPo, WSJ, Slate, the Chicago Sun-Times and Newsweek.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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One Last Note on Novak’s Passing Today…

“There’s no question if you walked out of here and I dropped dead, my obit would probably have [the Plame affair] in the lede,” Robert Novak told the Observer in 2007. “I don’t have too many years left, so that’s probably what it’ll be. The idea that that’s my legacy is unfortunate, but that’s the way it turned out.”

Novak said the same to Carol Joynt when he appeared in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s in January of last year.

Today, the Observer looked at how right he was.

CNN Remembers Novak, And More

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CNN shared this memorial to Robert Novak today and CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton released this statement:

“We are saddened by the passing of Robert Novak. He was a journalist of the old school, hard-working, practical and passionate about our profession. From its earliest days and for some 25 years, Bob shared generously with CNN and with CNN viewers his authority, credibility, humor and towering presence. We’re grateful to have worked alongside him and send our respect and sympathy to his family.”

TWT‘s Carrie Sheffield also share the “softer side” of Novak here.

And executive producer Betsy Fischer notes on Twitter that Novak appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” 248 times over his career.

Statements on Robert Novak’s Passing

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “For more than half a century, Robert Novak explained the politics and the personalities of Washington to readers across the country through a mix of tireless shoe leather reporting and the kind of keen insight that can only be gained through years and years of dedication to a craft. He was a Washington institution who could turn an idea into the most discussed story around kitchen tables, Congressional offices, the White House, and everywhere in between. Elaine and I extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Novak family.”

Eleanor Clift in Newsweek: “On television, we were rarely on the same side. Bob Novak reveled in his hardline views. I was one of those bleeding-heart liberals whose views he routinely ridiculed. It was the mid-’80s, and we would sometimes drive out together on Friday afternoons to the NBC studio to tape The McLaughlin Group. The top would be down on his LeBaron convertible, and he always wore his Chicago Cubs cap. I considered him a friend, and he was instrumental in getting me on the show, which at the time was all male.”

Al Hunt in Politico: “Bob couldn’t have been a lawyer or a professor – you can’t imagine Bob as anything else besides the kind of hell-raising journalist that he was. Bob didn’t hide his views as a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. But he was incredibly hard on hypocrisy from the right. He never cared much that he wasn’t invited to White House dinners, even by Republicans – it was almost a point of pride.”

Continued after the jump and more to come…

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Robert Novak 1931-2009

Robert Novak died at home this morning after a battle with brain cancer, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Novak was a syndicated columnist, journalist and conservative commentator who wrote the longest-running U.S. syndicated political column, Inside Report since 1963. Novak was also a notable television personality, appearing on many shows for CNN such as The Capital Gang, Crossfire, and Evans, Novak, Hunt, & Shields. He was 78.

Freddoso, Freire Join The Washington Examiner

Check out this Examiner memo from Mark Tapscott announcing the hires of David Freddoso and J.P Freire:

“It is with great pleasure that I announce this:

David Freddoso, who has been quite ably covering Congress for National Review Online, comes to us as an investigative writer. During the 2008 presidential race, Freddoso wrote the New York Times best-seller, The Case Against Barack Obama.

Before joining NRO, Freddoso spent three years assisting Washington political columnist Robert Novak. He’s also covered Congress for Human Events. Freddoso studied classical Greek at Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

J.P. Freire, managing editor of the American Spectator, will hold the same title in the Commentary section. Freire was named journalist of the year for 2009 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Besides the Spectator, Freire’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and The Washington Times. Freire attended Cornell University, where he studied English Renaissance literature and political science and served as a senior editor and a columnist for the Cornell Review.

With these two gentlemen joining Barbara Hollingsworth, Kevin Mooney and myself on the commentary staff, I can promise you much “interesting reading” in the days ahead.”

Mark Tapscott
Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Examiner

Morning Reading List, 12.05.08


Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 07.30.08

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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