It’s Friday, which means it’s time for 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, funny and insightful.
1. What do you think about covering interns working at Washington’s newspapers. Acceptable or not? Also: Do you find it hypocritical that WaPo journos like Gene Weingarten get incensed about so-called mocking of interns when WaPo itself has called for them to be mocked?
As much as it doesn’t seem like it, interns are people too. As such, they should be treated accordingly. They’re fairly worthless at work, but who else is going to crash parties, get drunk and potentially hook up with editors? OK, the second point could be any journalist, and the third point too. But the first one, well, journalists are generally invited to the parties, so no crashing for them. Look, I’ve never thought interns were “special” and should be treated with kid gloves. If they’re willing, they’re adults. It’s getting to the point that we treat everyone up to retirement age like they’re a baby bird. Time to get over it and join the real world.
2. Name a few journos you think are worth reading: One male and one female please.
Byron York is always a good read, always has been, as is FBDC’s Betsy (a little ass-kissing never hurts). But I probably spend the most time reading Dave Weigel at Slate and Tim Carney at the Examiner. Call me a sexist all you want but I don’t really notice the genitals of the journos I’m reading.
3. What did you think of the NYT story on Mitt Romney in the home section? Should MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough be embarrassed for saying John Kerry didn’t get such treatment in 2004 when, in fact, he did on A1?
I don’t remember many stories about President Obama’s neighbors in 2008, mostly because they are people like Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers and the media didn’t really want to point that out. So I think the criticism is valid. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough should be embarrassed for a lot of reason, not the least of which is working at MSNBC, but not this. The fact that stories were written about John Kerry isn’t as relevant as the fact that no one remembers them without a Google search. That they were written about it one thing, that they were not hyped or covered repeatedly on cable news is another. Therein lies the difference.