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WJLA’s Britt McHenry Is Such A Tease!

Here in the Fishbowl, we’ve been hearing for a while now that WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry is planning a career move. Thing is, we’re mostly hearing it from her.

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In late January, we did report that someone other than McHenry said she was in talks with ESPN to be a reporter and wanted out of her WJLA contract early to take the gig.

More than a month after her January 10 tease, McHenry is still at it on her social media, declaring an upcoming final travel trip with ABC7 and ending the post with “then… You’ll see :)

Our guess, she’s soon to be named ESPN’s first Emoji Correspondent. Make sure to let us know when it’s official, Britt. :)

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HMOW: Weiner’s Wilson

Welcome to FBDC’s new feature “Hot Mess of the Week,” an award of sorts designed to celebrate a special someone who’s acted a fool in the press each week.  The HMOW could be a guest on cable news, a pol, DC journo, or anyone else who’s making hot mess headlines.

Today’s HMOW is the breakout star of Anthony Weiner‘s press conference yesterday – Creepy Cubicle Guy.  This special snowflake reached millions of households in America while doing his best Wilson W. Wilson (*see “Home Improvement”) throughout the “happy” couple’s remarks.

We applaud you Creepy Cubicle Guy! You not only amused us with your hot-mess antics and mid-conference wardrobe change…you managed to connect our favorite 1990s sitcom with Anthony Weiner, giving a whole new meaning to “Tool Time.”

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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… Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful. 

1. Do you feel sorry for the Reuters Deputy Social Media dude, Matthew Keys, who could serve up to 25 years in the slammer?

No. Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas…carrying indictments. The First Amendment is a “you can’t be punished for your opinions” card, not a “get out of jail free” card.

2. Which conservative journalist is most impressive right now and why?

Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner. He’s more of a Libertarian, but he calls out everyone for their ties to lobbyists, not just one side or the other. In other words, he’s intellectually honest, which is all too rare in the Fourth Estate these days.

3. With Hasslebeck leaving The View, who ought to replace her? Meghan McCain has been mentioned.

I just threw up in my mouth. I’ve heard MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and author and columnist Jedidiah Bila had also been suggested and had the same reaction. It won’t happen, but I’d like someone with real experience in politics on there, someone like Fox News’ Dana Perino, whose opinion is informed, not a mile wide and an inch deep. Or maybe, if they want to stick with people from outside politics, like actresses Patricia Heaton or Stacey Dash. But I suspect we’ll get someone like Jane Fonda.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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.

1. Is there a reason that some reporters seem to glorify themselves by living on Twitter? Please tell me, will the phase die out eventually?

Someone has to. Egos need stroking, and journalists are more than willing to stroke themselves, so to speak. It will die out on Twitter when some new avenue to do it emerges. Journalists are slightly less popular than bedbugs right now, so unless that changes, expect this trend to continue.

2. What’s your take on female reporters pumping in the White House press room? Should the White House do more to help them?

You can’t demand equality and special treatment simultaneously. You’ve come a long way, baby, now deal with it.

See our third question regarding Politico’s reputation… Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful.

1. Now that the issue is (hopefully) starting to subside, what’s your take on the whole Bob Woodward flap? Was he threatened by the White House or no?

He wasn’t threatened, moreover he never said he was. What Woodward did was tell the truth, something the White House didn’t want told, and sit back and watch alleged journalists, mostly boybanders, snap to attention to defend the President from that truth. The story quickly became “Was Woodward threatened” rather than “Did Barack Obama lie?” which made the White House happy because the answer to the second one is “yes.” Journalism, in the hands of these kids, has become activism. As Dennis Miller put it, they’ve gone from “Fight the power” to “Invite the power.” It’s pretty sad to watch.

2. What about Chris Christie not being invited to CPAC? Smart move or dumb move on CPAC’s part?

I’m going to answer this one with the third question, so see the answer after the jump. Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful.

1. What should the press do the next time Pres. Obama is on vacation and won’t let them get a photo with a controversial sports star? Say, Michael Vick for example?

Well, if they want it to make a difference in President Obama‘s behavior they should threaten to treat him as if they were honest, unbiased journalists. The threat of reporting on him and his administration as if they were interested in doing their jobs the way they’re supposed to be done would scare the living crap out of the White House and part the trees on any golf course (or, to address your suggestion, dog “park”) like the red sea.

2. What do you think of Conan O’Brien as the entertainment choice for WHCD?

I like Conan but his return (he hosted in 1996) is more a testament to the lack of quality comedians today than anything else. The last few hosts have sucked. Jimmy Kimmel left a lot to be desired, Wanda Sykes was as awful as she always is and Seth Meyers was as unfunny as Saturday Night Live has been since he became head writer. When the other choices are that bad, Conan comes across as the right choice. But honestly, think about it. Who else is out there? Jon Stewart? Stephen Colbert? Letterman? They’d be too distracted kissing the President’s ass to deliver any jokes, so it would be like their shows already are. Maybe it’s time the whole thing goes away? How much celebrating of themselves can journalists really do? Wait, don’t answer that. We all know the answer is infinite.

The third question analyzes the recent and ongoing tensions between Politico and the NYT. Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful.

1. Do you think CNN’s poop cruise coverage was excessive or just right?

That’s a question not asked nearly often enough, and some would say everything CNN covers is “poop,” but I’m straying. Why passengers “surviving” five days the way a large portion of the world’s population still lives (without indoor plumbing) deserves more coverage than the murder of four Americans in Benghazi will forever remain a mystery. But it was a slow news day, so who really cares?

2. Which journalists deserve big kisses for Valentine’s Day?

Can I say none? Because I don’t think any do. OK, Sharyl Attkisson from CBS News deserves a big, wet kiss for being the only journalist who is asking (and not getting answers to) tough questions on the issues of Fast and Furious and Benghazi, but she’s the only one.

See our third question regarding Rep. Steve Cohen’s weinering around on Twitter. Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful.

1. Was Fox News right to dump Dick Morris?

Good God, yes.  Dick Morris is like a used car salesman who sells a Yugo like it’s a Porsche, but no matter what he says, it’s a Yugo. Ironically, Fox wanting to dump him was so obvious after the election that even he could have accurately predicted it was coming.

2. Which profession do you regard as worse — politicians or journalists?

Tough call, but I have to go with journalist. That a politician lies is expected, almost required. A journalist is supposed to be honest and objective, even though some haven’t been for a decade at least. So when they lie, people don’t know any better and believe them. No one believes a politician.

The last question pertains to Twitter rules… Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

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 and insightful.

1. Some journalists were arguing about the merits of Twitter this week. Is it a “dark place” as Matt Lewis says or is there still a reason to love it?

I love it because it is a “dark place.” What kind of a thing is that to say? It says more about the writer than it does Twitter. It reminds me of what Yoda said to Luke Skywalker when he was about to walk off into the swamp and Luke asked him what was out there. Yoda replies, “Only what you take with you.” Maybe Matt is a “dark” person? Doubtful, but you never know.

2. What did you think of the Oprah interview with Lance Armstrong?

I didn’t care if Lance doped, so I don’t care that Lance is now apologizing for doping. Oprah is the least relevant she’s been in 30 years, so this moment would seem to have been a gift for her…only it wasn’t. Everyone knew what Lance was going to say, Oprah was telling the world days in advance what he was going to say, so why would people waste time trying to find OWN on their cable box to watch what they already have been told? No one feverishly hunts for a rerun of Happy Days. So basically, I thought of the interview the way people think of reruns of Happy Days – I’d watch a few minutes if stumbled across it, but wouldn’t waste my time trying to find it for its own sake.

3. Are journalists in Washington inherently lazy or is it everywhere? Read more

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