The FishbowlDC Interview with WaPo’s Ezra Klein

For the past eight months or so, FishbowlDC has been engaging in a special prayer time led by WaPo‘s religion blogger Julia Duin. Every day around noon, Matt and I bow our heads, join hands and pray for one thing: the chance to interview WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein. We’ve watched sullenly as he shared his insights and intellect with anyone and everyone…except us.  He showed up and showed everyone up on Maher, MSNBC, and even McLaughlin.  But hell hath frozen over, the seas have parted and a miracle has occurred — Ezzy called FishbowlDC.  Hello?  “Listen class, where the fuck is my face time?” a voice on the other end of the phone snarled. “Whoa,” we thought. We didn’t expect him to be so, well, rambunctious. But we’re game. We’ve come to expect the unexpected in the Fishbowl. We gathered our fresh figs and our wits and said: “Alright Ez, what do you want to do?” He said, of course, “the FishbowlDC interview.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?

“Clearly Canadian” for obvious political reasons.

What’s the best advice you’ve received in the course of your career?

Keith Olbermann once told me to “fake it ‘til I make it.”  It worked for him and so far it’s working out pretty well for me.

Who is your favorite working journalist?

MSNBC contributor Ezra Klein is my favorite – because of his on-camera presence.  But WaPo’s Ezra Klein is quite profound too. And then of course there’s Ezra Klein from the Internet Food Association blog.  Now that guy is witty, intelligent, good looking…and have you tasted his pomegranate reduction – Amazeballs!

Do you have a favorite word?

My favorite pronoun is “I.”  And while we’re at it, my favorite sentence type is declarative.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan?

Really? Three middle-aged white men? Typical.   I pick George Lopez, Arsenio Hall and that lesbian on Chelsea Lately.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes?

I go to Penney’s for my Dockers pants, sports coats and wrinkle-free dress shirts.  But I get most of my ironic tee shirts and accessories from and Super Hero Stuff is cool for underwear and pajamas etc.

Which movie best describes your journalism career?

Can’t Hardly Wait.

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

Last weekend in Second Life, Dave Weigel and I got bombed on Zimas and tried to T.P. Tucker Carlson’s house.  It was awesome.

Who would you cast as Ezra Klein in a film about your life?

Already in development.  And duh…James Franco.

*Find out Klein’s dream date, favorite food and his most embarrassing career moment after the jump.


If you fell for this interview, you’re more of a fool than Nelson Lewis…and Rose McGowan.  Combined.

Note to readers: The part of Ezra Klein was played by FBDC’s Matt Dornic.

Publish date: April 1, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT