Here is this week’s installment of “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” If you have a question you’d like “snarked to death,” send it 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.
Why should conservatives go to Erick Erickson’s Redstate event if he didn’t go to CPAC this year?
I notice Erick wasn’t at CPAC, but I have no idea why. What the two events offer are completely different. If both suit your needs, then yes. Attending a conference isn’t a favor, or at least shouldn’t be. If it is, no one should attend it.
Does Roger Ailes deserve to have two books written about him?
Yes. The guy started and runs the most successful news organization in the last half century – he deserves a mini-series. It’s funny to me to see leftists complain about him and pre-praise a book about him when his only “sin” is to swim upstream. There was a time when liberals were all in favor of “speaking truth to power” and being rebels (and not just in the Civil War), but now they hate, just absolutely HATE, anyone who dares to question their orthodoxy. So yes, Ailes deserves two books, three books or as many books as people can write. The more we learn about a man willing to give the institutional media power structure the finger the better.
Our last questions pertain to WaPo‘s pay wall and Jonathan Krohn getting “bullied” at CPAC… What do you think happens to Washington Post when they have pay wall?
The same thing that happened to everyone else who tried it – they’ll discover how unimportant they are. People will read blogs and other news stories that summarize their stories. It’s actually damaging to “news” because people end up reading only parts of stories taken out of context with biased spin added to make whatever point the new writer wants the reader to have. It’s the Media Mattersization of news and leaves a grossly misinformed public.
Any thoughts on dust up between Jonathan Krohn and the two conservative journos? Are they Mean Girls or should Krohn toughen up?
I tend not to take “pundits” seriously, especially when they aren’t done with puberty. Krohn is known and considered “news” because he went from right to left. Had he gone the other way he’d be forgotten. As it stands, he should be ignored just as he should have been ignored when he was 13.