Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.
With Paul Ryan now on the ticket, will the Romney campaign will stop being tightwads about giving press access?
Probably, but they shouldn’t. The media really is just awful. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has been try hyperventilating about the Ryan pick, how bad he is for women. She’s one step away from re-cutting that Ryan pushes seniors in wheelchairs over a cliff. If I were them, I wouldn’t engage that media, I’d mock them. You can’t have an honest conversation with people who are fundamentally dishonest. They need to do what Reagan did and talk over and around the media to the people. Considering the media is less trusted than Bill Clinton at an intern sleep-over, there’s no downside.
Easy – Ann Coulter. While they’re portrayed as Ann being the mean one and Laura being the nice one, the opposite is the truth in real life. Ann couldn’t be nicer and will take the time to talk to anyone. Laura will grunt at you and growl like you have no business being in her line of site. Unless, of course, she thinks you are important, then she’s flowers and puppies. There’s a reason she can’t keep staff, why openings for producers on her show stay open for months when people clamor for radio jobs everywhere else on the planet, and that she doesn’t have her own show anymore. Being mean to staff is a bad idea considering they’re the ones responsible for making you look good and have the ears of people who make hiring decisions. So Ann, hands down, easy, no contest whatsoever!
What do you think of the whole Fareed Zakaria plagiarism mess? Is it as big a deal as his employers are making it?
No, it’s bigger. The guy is held up as an intellectual, yet he can’t put quotes around a paragraph and give credit where it’s due? He wanted people to think he’d read the book in the lines he lifted, but he didn’t. He wanted people to think he was informed, when he wasn’t. It’s not only unethical, it’s lazy. Fareed isn’t an intellectual, he’s a lazy hack. One month off, probably paid, isn’t nearly enough for committing what used to be considered one of the worst offenses a journalist could commit. Then again, journalism is so far from what it claims to be, what it used to pretend to be. He’ll be back and everyone will pretend it didn’t happen. Just see his fellow plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin.