This week on Overheard with Evan Smith, Mark Leibovich discusses his new tell-all book about Washington, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in American’s Gilded Capital.
In the video clip above, Leibovich explains his view of “official” Washington, D.C. and how it has transformed over the years to become “this town.” He blames the changes on incidents like 9/11 and the pop culture Clinton Era . Leibovich says the culture from the Clinton era gave way to the rise of the “celebrity operative,” which meant “people [came] to Washington who grew up idolizing Josh Lyman not Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy or Barack Obama.”
Leibovich admits that he wrote This Town as a Washington insider and says he’s well aware of the uneasiness the book has caused. He explains the book ”seemed to ingest some discomfort into the system and…if any city needs to be more uncomfortable right now it’s Washington,” Leibovich said.
Leibovich also reflects on working at the Washington Post as well as his current work on The New York Times. He addresses the changing journalism industry, including the impact social media has had on news and journalism careers.
Tune in December 5 at 7 p.m. to see Mark Leibovich on Overheard with Evan Smith.