Saturday, June 30, 2007

Paris vs. W.

A prominent and rich family. A drunk-driving arrest. Serious doubts about intelligence. A misspent youth. Sudden inspiration through the Bible. It's interesting how two of the most unpopular and divisive figures in America today—George W. Bush and Paris Hilton—have so much in common...

That morning, 24 hours after Paris Hilton was released from a California jail, Us Weekly, the magazine I edit, made headlines for its decision to ban Hilton coverage from its current issue...

What I was unprepared for, however, was the apparent banning of Bush coverage from CNN. That day, as the Senate judiciary committee issued subpoenas to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office, the Justice Department, and the National Security Council in its investigation of the wiretapping scandal, the cable news network that bills itself as "the most trusted name in news" chose instead to devote two prime-time hours to the woman widely credited for inspiring Britney Spears to not wear underpants...

But I get it. I understand why Paris Hilton trumps interest in Bush's eavesdropping, whether or not she's on the cover of Us Weekly. The Paris story may be getting old, but the Bush one feels even older.
--Janice Min, Slate, on Paris vs. W.

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