'This Week' Web Extra: Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich answers questions on his new book on D.C. "This Town."
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I am Benjamin -- of this week -- George Stephanopoulos and I'm joined today by a New York Times magazine chief. National correspondent mark Leibovitz who's also the author of the new book. This town welcome thank you for joining us tonight -- -- -- to be here. And because we believe all politics of social of this week we're gonna put some the questions that you submitted on FaceBook and Twitter. To mark so we had a lot of questions about your new book and the first one comes from. At -- 58 on Twitter. And he says how about you discuss something that people outside the beltway it might. B actually interested and so is this book only were insiders -- Absolutely not -- I think people from the inside who read this will probably know a lot and I think people outside you know we'll have a lot more to learn and frankly this book was geared to people outside of town because I don't think. People have a full appreciation of of how not so much how bad it's gotten book but what Washington really looks like and what the whole. Carnival of it looks like in the sort of someone described as a peep peep show into the carnival and I do think that. It's it's a way for people to have a Fuller understanding of of the machine and what's happened. Linda -- on FaceBook rights Washington DC it works by who has the most money and how they can make more. So how important is money in in Washington and you write about the -- in your book both here time and money is I think. The single biggest transformative. -- in Washington over the last decade menaces. The the most wealthy metropolitan area in the country right now there's more money in politics and never ever ever has been and corporations are paying attention to Hollywood paying attention to with the -- -- -- -- So I mean yeah I -- people but the used to be that people would come to Washington to make a difference and you still hear that but I think. Washington has become a city where people come to get rich which was not true before. Our last your question comes from. Michael -- and and he -- what needs to happen to change things in Washington DC and -- change realistic or do we have to live with this forever. Well I mean look I I don't know -- I do think that what we've seen is that people in Washington will act when it's in their own self interest act and I I do think that the that the American system and frankly the American people are capable. Of whether it shaming or whether it's just moving their government kicking and screaming some times. Into some kind of change and whether it's a third party candidate or whether it's some kind of term limits are. Whether it's some sweeping new law I don't know but I think I mean if you look at things like immigration or even gay marriage have been a lot of this to starts. You know from the populists and -- from the states and answered works its way out but ultimately though no one is gonna do anything unless it really hurts them. Now onto our our lightning round. Who is the current ultimate Washington insider right now. Current Washington insider right now. Let me -- it will ultimate inside people of course who accuse me of being -- -- -- of course I think I'm sort of and when the I would say I mean Robert Barnett -- may be an -- -- an attorney who represents Democrats Republicans and and he. There's really really -- been the nexus of helping people -- -- -- that you know at the junction of politics and media and and publishing. -- Your book's biggest revelation. Isn't out yet but what's. -- Ellis and global -- focused on I mean there's some of the White House -- element I think there was there was a moment. And I have to keep this -- but. When Hillary Clinton when they were just. To try to do to plan the of the timing of the bin Laden -- Someone mentioned well mean that senator -- the white house correspondents' dinner and the president will be there and if she's not their people know that something might be up. And she quite memorably said something about the white house correspondents' dinner and will be -- to readers. Two see what she said because a cancer on national television. National web but that it. -- false this book hurts your ability to report on Washington the future. I'm gonna -- falls. Not people speculative the contrary but -- -- just falls back. And finally one piece of advice for young journalists. Steady. As outside the rope line is intent on people I mean again. It in an era in which punditry is sort of replaced reporting as the gold standard in journalism. I mean nothing is more important than actually working hard talking to people -- getting the truth and also getting out of Washington and that's the best thing about. My job -- it enables -- to leave Washington actually talked to as many. People out who don't live here is possible. Well. Thank you so much mark for taking the time to join us today. And they -- to everyone who submitted their questions you can read an excerpt of mark's book at abcnews.com. Slash this week you can polished show on Twitter at this week ABC. And follow us on FaceBook at FaceBook dot com slash this week -- DC.

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