They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
  -James Earl Jones "Field of Dreams"
and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road
  -Bob Dylan "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Arizona Republic gets it right

Yesterday was an embarrassing moment for the media in this country. This young woman, who appears to be famous for nothing else other than being famous (has no apparent talents and not even the good looks that help people like Britney Spears) was yesterday ordered back to jail after conning (or bribing or whatever) the local sheriff into letting her out early after spending just a couple of her 45 days in jail for DUI and related bad doings. The three cable news networks chose to cut away from a press conference containing breaking news about a new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to have wall to wall coverage of this meaningless event. NBC Nightly News had it as its number two story after the Joint Chiefs deal. Today I was pleasantly surprised to look at the front page of the two newspapers that are delivered to my door on Saturdays. Although the New York Times had an article at the bottom left corner of page 1 "Celebrity Justice Cuts Both Ways for Paris Hilton", the Republic had nothing on page 1, not even a mention in the sidebar that points to articles inside. The article that they did run "Screaming Paris Hilton ordered back to LA jail" was on page A26 next to the ad for the Ashley Furniture HomeStore $295 Event.

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