Every morning, I jog to the park and do pull-ups and push-ups and wind sprints. It's about an hour-and-a-half routine--six sets—and between sets I'm checking my email, making five-minute calls (I save the long interviews for when I get to the office), and looking at stories. You'd be surprised how much you can get done; by the time the workout's done I have my day planned. My day on TV starts around 11 and I'm usually on air until about 7. I do "hits"--I'll come on at least three times a day to do planned stories. If I'm doing a hit on Dobbs at 7:30, say, I'll have an hour and a half of downtime because the day's gone--the Wall Street guys hit the bars around 4:30 or 5--so I'll usually hit the gym and do a 30-40 minute pure weights workout at Fox. In the gym I have my BlackBerry on constantly.
I'm checking Twitter a lot now but I don't get news from it. I always promo my hits on Twitter ("catch me at 1:30 to talk about x, y, and z") and stories I've broken have been picked up from my Twitter page, but I see Twitter more as an alert for people about what I'm doing. I think people spend a little too much time on Twitter. What I try to do for stories is not just do them on TV but also write them up into straight news stories because it compounds the impact. The confluence of media is much more powerful. I learned that at CNBC.
I have about 3,000 friends on Facebook but I use it not for personal social networking--there's some of that, it bleeds into both--but as a professional tool for connecting with people who are into the stories I like and discussing things in a professional way. Every now and then I get a tip from there. One Wall Street guy once told me that if you go to the New York State Comptroller's office and type in your name you can find out if you're owed money by the state because apparently when you leave a job sometimes you don't get all your pay and it goes into a special account. And, lo and behold, I was owed money by the state so I applied to get a check. I later got a check for $10.
The problem with business blogs is that you have inexperienced kids writing about other people's stories and adding the wonderful wisdom that they have acquired over 25 years of life. What's great about Bess Levin at Dealbreaker is that she doesn't claim to be some brilliant that's going to give you amazing insights. She provides insight by satirizing stuff and she doesn't take herself too seriously. The best way to be smart is to pick up the phone once in awhile and make calls. The problem with journalism today is that so many kids go into blogging and then, when they have to do real reporting, they really can't do it.
At night, I watch O'Reilly. He gets good guests and he's provocative. I look at The Journal and The Times one last time before going to bed and, if I'm following a story, I put the keywords in. That's what's great about the Internet. When I was a kid, working at Newsday, The Journal, and The Bond Buyer, the Internet wasn't fully developed as a reporting tool and the competition was The Times. I used to go to The Times's headquarters on 43rd Street and get the first run as it came off the press at 10:30 at night. If I didn't get scooped it was the best feeling in the world--I'd go out to a bar. If I did get scooped, it would be a long ride home.