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…3. Do you think Politico is in the league of WSJ and NYT or something else?
I’m not sure I understand this question, but I’ll whack at it anyway. People complain constantly about the lack of originality and new ideas coming out of Hollywood, and Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, so… Journalists are lazy and they have a hive mind. That they work together isn’t so much the case as they simply take the lead from one another. Original thoughts and reporting are rare. We’re basically watching the Dukes of Hazard movie play out on the pages of nearly every news outlet.