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The FishbowlDC Interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb

Today we bring you a special edition of The FishbowlDC Interview. Say hello to C-SPAN’s now former CEO Brian Lamb. He recent stepped down to be Executive Chairman of the C-SPAN board. When we spoke with him the other day, he sounded completely at ease with the shift, saying it was time to move on and let others, namely Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain, step up. “I have had it planned for sometime,” he told me in a phone interview. “It’s time to pass it on to two people who can lead this place for the foreseeable future. I feel great about it. I don’t feel the least bit emotional about it. I had my run. I’m still going to see the people everyday. This is a natural evolution after 35 years.” He was more jangled about the FishbowlDC interview. Which, as everyone who has done it knows, is a cake walk. Lamb is actually something of a lamb. His profanity (at least what he’ll admit to) consists of “gosh darn” and he pigs out on chocolate frozen yogurt. Look for Lamb on Q & A, which he will continue to host. In the meantime, read on.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? I would be sparkling flavored water.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Uh man….you mean I’m not going to get a raise?

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Oh, boy, I don’t know that I have one. I really don’t. I better not go there.

What swear word do you use most often? Gosh darn.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I would pick Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and Mona Charen. Wow, it’s so dangerous to do this. I’d have Doug Brinkley, a historian at Rice University and Richard Norton Smith, a professor at George Mason University.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? Probably being a concert violinist. It will be a dream job until I am gone.

When you pig out what do you eat? Frozen yogurt. Chocolate.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. A blue suit. That’s all I have in my closet.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? I wouldn’t know a Kardashian if she walked through the door.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? No.

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Brian Lamb Steps Down as C-SPAN CEO

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb is giving up day-to-day oversight of operations. But he will continue to “engage in the overall direction setting” and “plans to continue to host” his weekly interview program, “Q and A.”

In a statement released tonight, C-SPAN’s Board of Directors today announced that on April 1, 2012, C-SPAN co-presidents Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain will become co-CEOs of the public affairs cable TV network. Lamb, who has served as CEO since the company’s founding in 1978 and as chairman of the C-SPAN board since 1985, takes on the new role of Executive Chairman of the C-SPAN Board.

C-SPAN Prefers Same-Day Release of Oral Arguments

Supreme Court audio recordings of  oral arguments will now be available online each Friday.  The Court, which made the announcement today, previously “entertained requests from news organizations for same-day release of some oral arguments with heightened public interest, a practice which will be discontinued with this new policy,” reported a C-SPAN press release.

C-SPAN President Susan Swain remarked in the statement: “While we applaud The Court’s new policy, which helps advance the cause of greater public access to the institution, we do regret that it comes at the expense of occasional same-day release of arguments in cases with heightened public interest.   Reporting on these key cases will be out for several days before the public is able to hear the arguments for themselves, in the Justices’ own words. We continue to hope that the Court’s next step will be same-day release of all oral arguments, and ultimately, television coverage of its public sessions.”

It was a Dark and Stormy Morning…

Washington awoke to a dark morning today with an unusual amount of lightening.

“I feel like sort of ghosts of Congress past are weighing in on this conversation this morning,” said C-SPAN host and President Susan Swain, who sat before a black backdrop – otherwise known as the storm.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also mentioned the stormy D.C. weather on “Morning Joe.” He told a guest, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, that the storm was making him look like he was on another program.

“We have gone from CNBC prime time to the Charlie Rose show,” Scarborough cracked. As everyone chuckled, Klein laughed and tried to look behind himself without turning around (an impossible task) and replied, “You guys are making me feel like I want to turn around!”

Justice Kennedy Doesn’t Really ‘Rush’ to Read What Reporters Write

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With C-SPAN publishing a new book this week, The Supreme Court – A C-SPAN book featuring the Justices in their own words, it’s only natural that one of the judges would have thoughts on the media.

And they’re not all that flattering. (You’ve gotta love a Supreme Court Justice who sounds like he’d rather be doing anything besides reading what reporters have to say about the court.)

Here’s Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Fourth Estate:

On page 81 of the book, Kennedy discusses the media covering the Court. Here’s the exchange:

Q: What is your relationship as a justice with the long-term reporters covering the Court?
KENNEDY: I don’t see them on a regular basis other than in the court. Occasionally, there will be a retirement party at which we meet each other. We have each a professional obligation of keeping a certain amount of distance, a certain amount of independence. We never complain about what they write, even though they sometimes are wrong on the facts.

Q: But you do read what they write, obviously.
KENNEDY: Yes. I don’t really rush to do it. I am upset sometimes when I see an editorial, and it’s obvious they haven’t read the opinion and they don’t understand. The reason we write, as I explained, is to explain the reason for what we did. To just write an editorial that indicates that you’ve made up your mind without reading what we wrote is to me quite silly. But by and large, the people who cover us, I like their work. They, as you indicate, they know our traditions, they know the schedule, and they do a very good job reporting with this observation: The news cycle, the interest, the attention span being what it is, they have twenty-four to forty-eight hours to make the point. Well, we write for a different time dimension than that. It’s not just the results. It’s what the principle is. The press does a very good job of reporting what we do. It’s a little more difficult, for reasons I’ve explained, to report why we did it. I can understand their problem because they have the twenty-four-hour, forty-eight-hour news cycle. So they have a tough job.

The book provides views of the Court from the ultimate insiders – the nine current Justices and retired Justice O’Connor. The book is an edited collection of transcripts of interviews conducted by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain, and Mark Farkas for C-SPAN’s 2009 feature documentary about the Court.

C-SPANers Celebrate Ten Year Anniversaries

C-SPAN executives Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy will host a dinner tonight at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the ten year anniversaries of a number of C-SPANers.

Congrats to Tanya Chattman, Rick Clyburn, Debbie Davenport, Carl Foster, Doug Hemmig, Dallas Hill, Jon Kelley, Tony Laboy, Paul Loeschke, Wes Mangum, Garrette Moore, Paul Munson, Al Porter, Leslie Rhodes, Peter Slen, Art Tiller and Ellen Vest.

They’ll also get a “lovely Crystal Capitol dome” to commemorate the occasion.