Roger Simon: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello to Pajamas Media’s Roger L. Simon.

What word do you routinely misspell? anthropogenic (as in global warming)

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Sonar

What time did you get up this morning? 5:45 AM

When did you last cry and why? October…. hearing the news of the birth of my twin granddaughters.

(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, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake
, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katheri
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, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp, Barton Gellman, Jed Babbin, FamousDC, Judy Woodruff, Robb Harleston, Todd Zwillich, Carrie Dann, Jim Newell)

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How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 250 at Pajamas Media… 5 at my private address.

What’s your favorite letter? Q — for Scrabble points.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Evelyn Waugh

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Today. At the Pajamas TV ( studio. I ran a video camera.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Hitchens, sometimes.

What did you have for breakfast? Trader Joe’s frozen croissants — they’re good.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Floss

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Spiderman (did you say superheroes?)

Red or white wine? Red

PG-13 or R? Professional screenwriters never answer this question.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School”? “Wedding Crashers”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? The Palm

Yankees or Red Sox? The Lakers – sheesh! — how xenophobic can you get?

Jenna or Barbara? Neither

McSteamy or McDreamy? Neither

Leno or Letterman? Leno

Stewart or Colbert? Do I have to?

Boxers or briefs? Depends on the occasion.