- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2009

“I think it’s great,” Sir David Frost replied when asked by G2 how he felt about being portrayed as something of a lothario by actor Michael Sheen in the Academy Award-nominated flick “Frost/Nixon.”

Mr. Frost, still dashing at 70, was in the District Wednesday night as the keynote speaker for the Benjamin Franklin House Foundation’s annual fundraising gala. The trans-Atlantic organization maintains Franklin’s only standing home in London, built about 1730, as a museum and educational facility.

Standing next to British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Mr. Frost said he also was pleased by the way his then-girlfriend, Caroline Cushing, was played by actress Rebecca Hall.

Although Mr. Frost now is married to Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, his string of loves — besides Ms. Cushing, who was his mainstay during the famous interviews with former President Richard M. Nixon — included American actress Diahann Carroll.

On a more serious note, the Emmy Award-winning journalist says he is still committed to his profession although it has changed dramatically, thanks to the Internet and technology.

“I think that the Internet is a very good source of information and so on … but I think that the Internet is making more available. Whether there is depth if you substitute the Internet for things like The Washington Times, for instance … I don’t know whether you get anything that’s quite as deep.”

Mr. Frost said he hopes former President George W. Bush will be grilled one day as vigorously as he questioned Mr. Nixon. When we inquired as to whether former Vice President Dick Cheney would have a Frost/Nixon-esque moment, Mr. Frost said, “Cheney, or indeed President George W. Bush?” Perhaps both? “Both of them I think would be interesting for an in-depth study,” he said.

When asked if he has inquired as to whether Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney would be available for an interview, Mr. Frost replied, “No, but I will.”

We flatter ourselves to think the one-time ladies’ man was being flirtatious with us lady spies. As he walked away, he embraced us warmly and said, “God bless!”

Karaoke for a cause

Correspondents from CNN and Fox News Channel engaged in a friendly rivalry Wednesday night at the annual Capitol CAREaoke, a benefit at the Newseum for Childhelp in which personalities try to reach the right notes to help abused children.

Team CNN was led by a cowboy-hat-wearing Brianna Keilar, who was joined by Dana Bash (wife of John King, host of CNN’s “State of the Union”), Jessica Yellin and Elizabeth Manresa.

The ladies did their best rendition of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

Enough said. G2 hopes the newswomen don’t quit their day jobs, but Fox News anchor Bret Baier graciously offered congratulations to his network competitors, tongue firmly in cheek: “To be fair and balanced, let’s all give them a hand.”

Transitioning from country to disco, Team Fox (featuring Mr. Baier, Major Garrett, Megyn Kelly, Molly Henneberg and James Rosen) sang Barry Manilow’s hit “Copacabana.”

It should be noted that before they took to the stage, Mr. Baier and Mr. Garrett enjoyed a stiff drink to fortify themselves.

We asked Mr. Garrett whether he did much of this sort of thing in college. “I never drank or went to karaoke bars in college,” he said with a wink.

Toward the end of the Team Fox disco routine, the music abruptly stopped, prompting Mr. Rosen to say, “Keith Olbermann did it,” referring to the MSNBC host famous for his jabs at the network.

Emcee Rebecca Cooper of ABC 7, in an attempt stir the pot, quipped, “That was great, but the CNN team says they did that one three years ago.”

To which Mr. Rosen responded, “Yeah, and we’re sure both people watching it really enjoyed it.”

As for Ms. Kelly, she gamely pranced around onstage and glad-handed with the best of them despite being gloriously round, as she is expecting her first child in October. Mr. Baier and Mr. Garrett told us they are suggesting Bret, Major and Garrett as great ideas for boys’ names.

“People keep giving me these books on what to expect when you’re expecting, but I really want advice on how to raise a child after it’s born,” Ms. Kelly said.

Umbrellas in hand, Pamela Brown and company from ABC News Channel 8 belted out “It’s Raining Men,” but NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and Andrea Mitchell must have taken a rain check, because they never showed.

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