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.
Is there such a thing as too many year-end lists?
Yes, but if they didn’t sell, outlets wouldn’t do them. Time has the “Person of the Year” coupled with a list of other people they think you should give a shit about too, and Newsweek is going digital only. Coincidence? I think not. That’s not to say all these lists aren’t crap, they are. How many of them will Honey Boo-Boo make? These lists are why we know who half the morons on them are in the first place. If they’re not a sign of the apocalypse, they’re definitely the tip of the spear that kills western civilization.
Why won’t Ron Fournier stop trotting his child out to get media hits?
Because it works. It works even better than the ace up his other sleeve – being in the media himself and embracing the natural suck-up/ass-kissing that goes on in that circle. Honestly, is there anything someone in the media loves more than covering someone else in the media’s tale of something they’ve overcome/are overcoming? You’d think he was hero when all he is is doing is his duty as a father. Then again, considering some other people in the media, simply doing his fatherly duty might just make him a hero in relative terms.
Read about the bitchfest between Roll Call and Politico… Whose side do you take in the Roll Call vs Politico bitchfest over who got the asshole story first?
When in doubt, always side against Politico. But in this case there’s little doubt, Politico appears to have “borrowed” the story idea and a lot of information from Roll Call. This isn’t surprising since Politico is just this side of Huffington Post when it comes to original ideas. All they’re missing is the NSFW side-boob slide shows. I guess that’s why Buzzfeed exists.