Why the Obsession with Paris Hilton?

An excellent article from John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute pointing out how low the media has sunk to a new low (if that’s possible) focusing most of their coverage on Paris Hilton while the below is going on and not receiving near as much attention:

“Terrorism. According to the Department of Homeland Security, we’re running a Code Orange on our domestic and international flights right now, which means that we’re facing a “high risk of terrorist attacks.” Yet, incredibly, Hilton’s release from jail and subsequent re-imprisonment has received more coverage than the plot to blow up JFK airport.

The war in Iraq. Even with American troops and Iraqi civilians dying on a daily basis, Operation Iraqi Freedom receives minimal coverage by the media. We rarely hear the names of our fallen soldiers—they are treated as the anonymous dead—nor do we hear anything about their lives or family members. Yet we’ve been treated to an excruciating amount of minutiae about Hilton’s first few days in jail—from the dryness of her skin (because there’s no cream in jail) to her attire (an orange and brown jumpsuit) and activities (she plays ping pong when she’s not in her room alone). Hilton’s “horrible experience,” in which she didn’t eat, sleep, was severely depressed and felt like she was “in a cage,” even merited an “exclusive” interview with Barbara Walters.

Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has been dragging on for close to six years, and yet we rarely hear much about it anymore. This is despite the fact that Congress has appropriated about $510 billion thus far for Iraq, Afghanistan and other security concerns.

The genocide in Darfur. It is estimated that there have been 400,000 deaths and more than two million people forced into substandard refugee camps. Is Paris Hilton more important than the starvation, rape and mass killings of innocent civilians?

AIDS in Africa. According to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, between 1999 and 2000, more people died of AIDS in Africa than in all the wars on that continent, including Angola, Sierra Leone, Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. UNAIDS estimated that worldwide at the end of 2006, there were 39.5 million people living with HIV, 4.3 million new infections of HIV and 2.9 million deaths from AIDS. Sadly, over two-thirds of HIV cases, and over 80% of the deaths, were in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Immigration is one of the more staggering problems facing this country in terms of security and its economic future, and yet we only occasionally hear updates on possible legislation. And whatever happened to our supposed rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina? There are people living in tents and on the streets of New Orleans, but how many of us know it? And although many Americans won’t be taking a vacation this summer because they can’t afford the gas prices, there’s little analytical reporting on why we’re getting bilked at the gas pump.”

To read the full article click here.

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