NAMES & FACES
Saturday, April 9, 2005; Page C03
Spirited bloggers invaded the National Press Club yesterday morning for a panel discussion that tackled Big Questions, such as "Who is a journalist?" (everyone) and "What is journalism? (no one had an easy answer). The scene in the lobby was quite raucous, The Post's Jose Antonio Vargas reported. Blogger Mike Rogers was told that he was "banned for life" from the club after he repeatedly pursued former Talon News correspondent Jeff Gannon, aka James Guckert, loudly asking him how he got his White House credentials. During the panel discussion, Gannon brought down the house with this little nugget: "You can hardly call Fox News conservative."
Wait a minute -- former Clintonite James Carville writing a big, fat love letter to "Bush's Brain" Karl Rove?
A mallard apparently has become the safest duck on the planet now that the Secret Service is guarding her nest and nine eggs.
"The leadership of the Republican Party are a bunch of sociopathic maniacs who have their lips super-glued to the [posterior] of the conservative right," so Alec Baldwin claimed while yammering on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" last week. It's a wonder he's not in Washington more often . . . If Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) decides to quit politics, he'll have his cooking skills to fall back on. The lawmaker and his wife, Barbara, brought home the best-in-show award for their Home on the Range Buffalo Chili at Wednesday's March of Dimes Gourmet Gala at the National Building Museum. "I'd give a tip of the hat to Barb Johnson on this one," Johnson's rep told us with uproarious laughter yesterday. "I think he'd be more likely to have cereal over the kitchen sink if it weren't for her cooking" . . . And finally, the pope is late, and so is this quote, but we couldn't pass it up. During the marathon pope coverage, CNN's Larry King lobbed this question to actor Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"): "Jim, you think he's with Jesus now? We only have 30 seconds."
"Talking about music is like talking about sex. Can you describe it? Are you supposed to?"