Jonathan Salant: The FishbowlDC Interview

salant123.jpgSay hello to Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant (also president of the National Press Club).

How many suits do you own? Six, including the one I was married in. I expanded my collection dramatically when I became press club president and began appearing on C-SPAN.

What word do you routinely misspell? canceled. I always add the second L, like in cancellation.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No. As the father of an 9-year-old son, I don’t see any movines that aren’t rated G. But if you ask me if I’ve seen “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” or “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie,” the answer is yes.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? See the preceding answer.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The one that came with the phone at the factory.

What time did you get up this morning? 7:15 a.m.

When did you last cry and why? I remember crying when my father died five years ago. I’m sure I cried since then, but I don’t remember the time or the place.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? They don’t teach the seven deadly sins in Hebrew School.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones)

Beach, city or country? City.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I plead the Fifth, but my son, Izzy, is very cute.

What color is your bathroom? White.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? At least 100, including, alas, spam.

What’s your opinion of New York City? As a native New Yorker, I continue to believe that it’s the center of the universe, as in the earth revolves around the sun and the sun revolves around New York.

What’s your favorite letter? J, as in Jonathan and my wife Joan. I is a close second because of Izzy.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Bob Shaw, former Miami Herald Tallahassee reporter. In 1980, when I was at the Herald, he did this terrific story about how Bill Gunther, the state insurance commissioner, was funding his U.S. Senate campaign in large part through contributions from the insurance industry. I’ve been matching campaign donations with the officials and lawmakers who regulate
the givers ever since.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? No.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? I have never watched American Idol. After all. Lisa de Morales says in the Washington Post that she writes about it so you don’t have to watch, and I take her advice.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? April 30. My synagogue, B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, has an annual Mitzvah Day. I joined my son’s third grade class in making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for residents of a homeless shelter.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Al Hunt. He has helped make my employer, Bloomberg News, a terrific place to work.

What did you have for breakfast? A package of Nature Valley maple sugar granola bars.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? My official Mets cap and uniform, with SALANT on the back of the jersey, courtesy of my week at fantasy camp for my 40th birthday,

What one toiletry item could you not live without? toothbrush.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Superhearing, so I could find out and report about what really goes on behind closed doors.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GI Joe.