CNN Has Really Screwed-Up Priorities

To recap, let’s take a look at recent world happenings. Let’s see here-we’ve got the war in Iraq, the war between Israel and Lebanon, a massive debt, scandals all around. So let’s take a look at what’s on CNN’s front page today, Monday, August 7, 2006, at 7:18 PM Central Standard Time.

Yes, that’s right. Paris Hilton deciding to try not to fuck anyone for a year is not only news, it’s apparently front-page news. With everything else going on in the world, they report on this.

I’m not one of those “OMG LIBERAL MEDIA” types, but very clearly something’s fucked up inside Ted Turner’s little cash cow.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Just a little bit of clarification, CNN was sold by Ted Turner quite a while ago and is owned these days by AOL/Time Warner. As a side note, I can hardly blame CNN for covering stupid news like this when it’s their viewers that clamor for it.

Hell, I even clicked on a link this morning because who isn’t curious to know what a Hello Kitty + Paris Hilton mash-up doll looks like… and you’ll probably click it too.

Stuart Richards

Stuart Richards is a 26-year-old land surveyor based out of Portland, OR. He is a left-leaning geolibertarian and (theologically) liberal Christian, and has been blogging on and other libertarian sites since 2004.

  1. I’m not sure it’s CNN’s fault. Who linked to the story? ;)

    If the public is as sick and tired of Paris as they are of Iraq, I’m sure they’ll replace it with something else.

  2. Paris is the prime example of what is wrong with celebrities. Everybody needs to get over that dumb bitch.

    Oh, and why is this front page news. The American public and the media make me sick with the ridiculous issues that they care about.

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  4. You’re blaspheming, you know. CNN is practicing the free market, even if it doesn’t believe in it. Its customers, the general public, are more interested in Paris’ sex life than the issues that concern us. Perhaps they’re glad to find someone dumber than themselves; perhaps it’s a bit of escapism; perhaps they’re just not interested in Iraq and the debt, being good little sheeple. But they want Paris and Paris is what they get.

    Note to future generations: never make your child the namesake of a hotel. Even if you own the hotel.

  5. Jeffrey; you mean country. The Hilton family named the hotels after themselves.

    Elsewise… there’s really nothing I can say.

    ‘Cept — Gabe; was that meant to be ominous?

  6. I must be dumb! I thought Paris stole Helen from King Agemmemnon and it caused the destruction of the city of Troy…Sheesh, I’d better start watching the REAL news, ay?

  7. > Paris Hilton deciding to try not to fuck anyone for a year

    Damn! I wish our government was as ethical as Paris. I’d settle for half a year!

  8. CNN’s website keeps a mix of stories on the front page links– world, US, entertainment, sports, video etc.

    Front page on the internet is not the “front page” we’re used to when talking about print media. Check out Google News as an example….

  9. I love when people (you guys in this instance) make sure to adamently let everyone know how much they don’t care about a particular subject.

  10. Paris Hilton deciding not to fuck anyone will directly effect the sex lives of at least 10% of earth’s population.

  11. I like Paris. She took an embarrasing sex tape and crafted a personality around it and a business model based on that personality which is pretty much getting her everything she wants that money can’t buy. She manufactured the infatuation/disdain of an entire nation, and that takes skill. I dislike how she’s created this fad where people carry their dogs around all day in their purse, though.

  12. She is just one of many dumb celebrity sluts.

    She surely has made her parents proud of their spawn.

    Why so much free publicity to those that contribute nothing except worthless opinions to better human kind?

  13. It’s all about entertainment.

    People need heroes, celebrities, sports stars, and other famous people to entertain them, because their lives are a break from the mundane 9 to 5, cubicle jockeying, rubber stamping, clickity clack typing away, suck up to the boss, overworked, underappreciated jobs that most have.

    If everybody had the luxury of a life of debauchery, recklessness, fame, fortune, etc, the markup for celebrity would be low.