At 8:00 this morning a quick survey of the various news organizations made the Paris Hilton Goes to Jail very close to or at the top of its news list. The rankings change rapidly during the day but I was curious to see the level of importance that the news organizations placed on this globally-important, earth-shattering and far-reaching event.
|Yahoo News Fox News CBS News BBC Associated Press ABC CNN NBC CBC Reuters Google News||#1 #1 #2 #3 #3 #4 #4 #5 #5 Not listed in top 10 Not listed in top 10|
Most of the agencies are falling over themselves to get the dirt out. Even the BBC was quick to give this story A-placement.
Is it the news directors who decide on story placement, or the advertising executives that are shelling out dollars for commercials between the news segments?
People just love to see the famous fall, don’t they? I’m surprised the galactic news agencies didn’t pick up on it.
By creating this entry I’m also guilty of adding to the hype. But it’s really bugging me that an event like this is getting so much press and air play, during a time when news reporting is being curtailed for economic reasons and there is so much more worthwhile stuff to report on.