Friday’s installment of “Ask Piranhamous Anything” got lost in the shuffle, so Monday it is. 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.
Reporters have always wanted to be first, which in the Twitter age means right less and less. A “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment was rare before the 24-hour news cycle. But once news moved from newspapers to TV they happened more frequently. Now the news cycle has gone from 24 hours to 140 characters, which has only meant more mistakes. So can you really blame CNN and Fox? Absolutely. But the Twitter news cycle, while allowing for more mistakes, allows for those mistakes to go from a printed 24-hour shame to essentially being on the level of misspeaking.
Should Politico and White House Correspondent Joe Williams have gone their separate ways?
Williams is hardly alone at Politico in his contempt for anyone not in the Democrat Party, so what’s one more? The media stopped being honest brokers decades ago, we just have alternatives today that highlight them now. Williams was a little worse than usual, but rather than being an exception to the rule he’s probably just an outlier. Sad but true.
As a journalist I sometimes get death threats. What should I do about it?