NEW FALLOUT from the Arrington-Huffington-Armstrong-AOL kerfuffle: Yesterday at a conference Barry Diller said that AOL should not have fired Michael Arrington, and that that when Arianna complained to Armstrong about Arrington’s journalism ethics, Armstrong should have told her “Shut up and go back to your room.” One problem with this suggestion: Have you ever met Arianna? The woman is an Amazon. Like six feet tall in bare feet, in heels more like seven. I mean she towers. And yes, Tim Armstrong is even taller, but I’d still put my money on Arianna in hand-to-hand combat if only because I believe she would fight dirty, like those pro wrestlers who keep razor blades and little pouches of salt in their boots.
[Disclosure: I work for Barry, albeit somewhat indirectly. Nevertheless, if he told me to go into a room and tangle with Arianna, I would politely say, "No, please, you first."]