FishbowlDC Interview With MetroWeekly’s Snow

Say hello to Justin Snow, Metro Weekly‘s political reporter and bacon lover. Earlier this year he replaced Chris Geidner, who went to work for BuzzFeed. Before he joined the gay news magazine, Snow was a reporter for and Baltimore magazine. He also freelanced for the New York Post and the American Prospect.

Snow told FishbowlDC he never “set out” to cover the gay beat. “I’ve always been a political junkie and a reporter who has covered a wide range of topics, which have included LGBT issues, but that has never been my sole interest,” he said. We asked him to help save a hypothetically dying out population and gave him three options of media women with whom to procreate. That went over real well. On a more serious note, mags are Snow’s preferred medium and he said working for Metro Weekly has so far been “fantastic.” On a cheery note, he added, “I hope to be writing for magazines for as long as readers are still reading them,” he said.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Ginger Ale. And no, I’m not 70 years old — just acerbic.

How often do you Google yourself?

I delegate that task to Google Alerts.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

Is that what you’re wearing?

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, mainly because I want his job.

Do you have a favorite word?

I say “absurd” an absurd amount.

Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Diane Sawyer, under the condition that the Chardonnay flow as freely as it did on election night.

Find out Snow’s favorite swear word and who peed on his bed after the jump…

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either CNN’s Candy Crowley or FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (significant others will understand). Who will it be?

Did I mention that I work for Metro Weekly?

What swear word do you use most often?

“Bullshit.” Note: I cover politics.

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.)

The pundits can stay at home. Print reporters are where it’s at.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

Christopher Hitchens. One of the few writers who had an enormous impact on me that I wish I could have had the opportunity to get to know.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler)

I don’t understand. And really, I’m not 70 years old.

When you pig out what do you eat?

Chipotle chicken burrito. Extra rice. Chips and guacamole if we’re feeling really ambitious.

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.

Navy blue cotton/flannel button-down shirt from J. Crew. I would wear it daily if it didn’t look so much like a Catholic school uniform.

Pick one: Mad Men, The Newsroom or Scandal.

The Sopranos.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?


Have you ever had a near-death experience?

Once I received an email with the subject line “FishbowlDC.” That was a terrifying moment.

Ever been arrested?

Not that I can recall.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you.

Answering that question would defeat the entire purpose of having secrets.

What scares you?

Car accidents.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment?

Once I was interviewing Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and attempted to transfer his call into a quieter room to continue our interview. In the process I accidentally hung up on him. When he called back it happened again. And then I hung up on him a third time. He was not pleased.

Have you ever been fired?

Not yet.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes?

I have a terrible habit of laughing hysterically whenever someone trips or falls, so whenever the last time was that some poor soul who did that in front of me.

When and why did you last lose your temper?

I wasn’t thrilled when my dog peed on my bed a few months ago.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

A younger Alec Baldwin. He really has magnificent hair.

Do you have a me-wall? If so, who’s on it?

The fact that I had to ask someone what a me-wall is means that I don’t have one.

Who should just call it a day?

Anyone who retweets Donald Trump.

Breakfast food of choice? Don’t say coffee.

Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

Favorite foreign city that you’ve visited?

London. I like any place where the pubs outnumber the Starbucks.
A Question from ABC7’s Kris Van Cleave:  Finish this thought: I’d rather stick a pen in my eye than do ______ again.
A job search.

Finally, please come up for a question for our next FishbowlDC interviewee. This one may live on indefinitely. Make it good.

If you could switch roles with any of the people you cover for one day, who would it be?