The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, July 02, 2007

Seppurated at berth?

Not an article to go out of your way for, but there's something pretty amusing about the comparison of two people who regularly make the news.

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. And on Wednesday, June 27, they found themselves in an unusual competition: Whose legal crisis would dominate the news cycle?

We all know the unfortunate answer to that one. The funny thing about the article is that it's a carefully calculated PR piece by the editor of Us Weekly boasting of her principled decision to ban the loathsome heiress from the pages of the magazine. For one whole issue! Still, she does have a point:

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.