Witty, cheery, sometimes biting in her commentary, Julie Mason is often a burning bright spot in an otherwise drab, male-worn, landscape of mirthless political punditry.
Host of the POTUS channel’s, “The Press Pool,” on Sirius/XM's satellite radio, Mason helms a three hour long wonk fest she affectionately dubs, “The Cesspool.”
With access to a stable of some of Federal City’s most influential opinion makers, Mason specializes in puncturing the sound barrier of D.C.’s news media echo chamber.
“It’s a very male centric White House, this administration, I think a lot of his female supporters aren’t aware of that,” said Mason on Friday during an on-air interview with Sky News reporter, John Christopher Bua, disputing Bua’s characterization of former White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs. “He wasn’t great with the ladies,” said Mason of Gibbs, elaborating, “it’s a bit of a guy’s club over there, and so, Gibbs liked to hang out with the guys, and talk with the guys, and call on the guys, and it got to be a bit of a problem.”
Casting the present administration as a boys’ club isn’t a new refrain. Echoing similar sentiments revealed in Ron Suskind’s 2011 aptly named book, “Confidence Men," Mason, an experienced reporter and former White House Correspondent for Politico, built on that narrative, toggling her ire at current White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, "A good guy?” she said, again contradicting Bua. “I’m a little less forgiving, which sometimes rubs the listeners the wrong way.” said Mason.
Because, “The Press Pool,” isn’t a call in show, Mason is very responsive to listener feedback on Twitter, and deftly manages ways to incorporate it into her broadcast. As for rubbing some of the listeners the wrong way, well, she reads those Tweets on the air too.
Scott Trever Dougan (@ScottDougan1)
@juliemason You are a font of DC conventional wisdom. I listen to your opinion, and know the opposite is true.
Fri Jun 22 18:52:24 2012
“At your own peril sir,” shot back Mason, jokingly.
For listeners craving inside baseball coverage of all things D.C., Mason delivers home runs daily, inviting her audience into the dugout to witness all of the behind the scenes cursing, spitting, and back biting that goes along with it.
“I think he’s doing the best job he can possibly do with the equipment he’s got,” said Bua, again referencing Carney. “Yeah, I don’t think he’s in the room for very much of the decision making,” said Mason, comparing him to Gibbs, whom she called, “the Barack whisperer.”