Maggie Haberman on Her Hardest Interview in addition to Predictions for 2018


Maggie Haberman, left, in addition to Jennifer Steinhauer participating in a Times Insider panel discussion, “The Journalist in addition to the Source,” last week in Washington.

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I first crossed paths with Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The Times, in 2001, when we were both covering City Hall — she for The brand new York Post in addition to me for The Times. She was exactly the same as she will be today — sardonic, witty, neurotic, mildly paranoid, indifferent to the content of her next meal (which may or may not have been a PowerBar in addition to a piece of midpriced chocolate), showtune-belting in addition to always kicking the competition’s collective butt which has a scrappy tabloid instinct that will fueled brand new York’s best municipal journalism at that will time.

Some things have changed, of course — age, children, crazy success, the fragmentary attention span of the president of the United States, endless demands on her time, attention, Rolodex. yet as she noted when we reminisced recently, all too many others have remained the same.

JENNIFER STEINHAUER: When we first met, 9/11 had just happened, the lame duck mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani was in a latent ascent in addition to a who-the-heck-will be-that will-guy Mike Bloomberg was on his unlikely path to take the reins at City Hall. What do you reflect on most often coming from that will time in your career?

MAGGIE HABERMAN: There were a lot of points during the 2016 race in addition to right after Trump won that will I found myself thinking how similar his election was to Bloomberg’s, in retrospect. Not inside the specifics. yet to the extent that will the WikiLeaks email spread of [John] Podesta’s material was an unprecedented form of terror in an election, in addition to one that will led to an event that will seemed unlikely (Trump’s election), This specific was not dissimilar.

How has your interviewing style changed over time? What has most informed those alterations?

I have listened to tapes of myself interviewing people in addition to mostly I try to be better at directing the conversation. Trump in particular will be actually hard because he filibusters. I’ve learned over time when to jump in in addition to when to let the person just go.

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