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Paris: “Decline Of Western Civilization As We Know It, & We’re Watching It Live”

The Paris Hilton saga “proved its irresistibility long after Hilton was again behind bars,” Variety’s Michael Learmonth says. “On Saturday, ABC’s Good Morning America led with a story about President Bush’s visit to the Pope, but then quickly turned to Hilton.

‘This is the decline of Western civilization as we know it, and we’re watching it live,’ TMZ.com’s Harvey Levin told GMA…”

Paris Isn’t Free: Like O.J. Or Anna Nicole?

Does the TV fixation on Paris Hilton more resemble O.J. or Anna Nicole?

NY Daily News: “The three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with Paris Hilton’s return to the slammer yesterday, in a way rivaled only by the nuttiness surrounding another talentless blond — Anna Nicole Smith.”

NY Post: “Sobbing celebutard Paris Hilton yesterday churned up a media circus the likes of which had not been seen since the O.J. Simpson case.”

Paris Isn’t Free: ‘Media Hysteria For 13 Miles’ — Paris Covered Like O.J.

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Good media summary from the U.K. of today’s Paris Hilton penitentiary developments:

“Los Angeles had not seen anything quite like it since O.J. Simpson‘s slow-moving attempted flight from justice. Today it was the turn of Paris Hilton — and her journey back to justice — which was recorded in every inch of its 13 miles by a swarm of helicopter-born camera crews. …

News channels abandoned all coverage of the G8 summit, before reluctantly tearing themselves away from the live coverage of Hilton’s front door to report, briefly, that America’s top general had resigned. And now back to the ‘breaking news’ on Paris Hilton, where an excited TV reporter was pointing out the expensive homes of nearby celebrities such as Rod Stewart and Britney Spears, adding: ‘Some of the houses date back to the 1920s!’”

Cablers Interrupt Paris For Pace

The cable news nets took a brief Paris Hilton break to cover Defense Secretary Robert Gates‘ 1pm press conference.

MSNBC was late in getting to the presser, though, spending time on pictures of Hilton’s mansion instead.

“And they were the first one to break away… back to Paris, of course,” an e-mailer says.

Oliver Willis has the video…

> Update: 2:30pm: An MSNBC rep says the net was about 90 seconds late getting to the Gates presser because of a technical issue…

Paris Is Free: On CBS & ABC, But Not NBC

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Both ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric devoted time to Paris Hilton‘s reassignment today.

The reports aired during the middle of the respective broadcasts.

NBC Nightly News made a different decision. “Nobody mentioned Paris Hilton at our afternoon editorial meeting,” Brian Williams blogs. “She won’t make the broadcast tonight, but if there’s a larger, legitimate story to be done concerning allegations of a two-tier justice system, perhaps we’ll do that someday. It’s not like there will be any shortage of coverage for those who can’t live without the details: just stick around until the shows that follow ours on our many different affiliates.”

Paris Is Free: Day In The Life Of Cable News

parisjune72.jpg10:36am, MSNBC: Chris Jansing asks the Village Voice’s Michael Musto: “You know everything there is to know about Paris Hilton. Does she have a medical condition?” “Yeah, she’s crazy,” he says…

11:01am, FNC: Co-host E.D. Hill: “It is a great day in America if your name is Paris Hilton or you are an illegal alien. Today, we’ll tell you why…”

11:56am, CNN: Immediately following an interview with General David Petraeus about Iraq, Heidi Collins says: “Well you know, we’ll always have Paris, but she won’t always have a cell…”

12:08pm, MSNBC: The cabler reveals an animation titled “Paris Hilton Free,” complete with a bark from her dog Tinkerbell. “Paris Hilton’s long, grueling ordeal behind bars has come to an end,” Lisa Daniels mocks…

12:10pm, FNC: Jon Scott‘s attempt to transition from the G8 to Hollywood: “While the president is in Germany, the world’s attention is focused on Paris — Paris Hilton…”

12:22pm, CNN International: “These are live pictures from our affiliate KTLA, helicopter pictures of the home of Paris Hilton… We’re watching that home. Lots of cars down there.” Co-anchor Stephen Frazier transitions: “Let’s turn now to Harvard…”

parisjune71.jpg12:44pm, MSNBC: “It’s good to be rich and famous in America,” legal analyst Susan Filan concludes. “It is; I wish I was both,” Lisa Daniels responds…

1:38pm, FNC: “This was not a good punishment for her,” a Live Desk panelist says. “The real punishment for Paris Hilton, I think, would be that the media gives her no coverage at all… That would be cruel and unusual punishment for her…”

1:54pm, CNN:: Kyra Phillips asks a guest: “Are we just so pathetic and so lonely that we have to live life through people like Paris Hilton?…”

2:25pm, MSNBC: After talking about immigration, Contessa Brewer asks political analyst Pat Buchanan: “I have got to ask you, is it fair that Paris Hilton is under house arrest?…”

4:09pm, FNC: Neil Cavuto jokes: “Do you know if Paris sold stock today?” “I don’t know if she knows what stock is,” his guest responds…

Libby Sentencing: Cable

shivelyjune5.jpgFNC says it was the first cable news network to announce Scooter Libby‘s sentencing, seven seconds before MSNBC. FNC’s Caroline Shively was on the courthouse steps. CNN followed 90 seconds later.

CNN scrapped the first half of CNNI’s Your World Today to cover the breaking news. A TVEyes search shows 48 mentions of Libby on CNN today, compared to 15 on FNC…

Bush News Conf. Gets Roadblock

All three broadcast networks covered President Bush’s news conference this morning.

On NBC, Matt Lauer hosted with Tim Russert in DC. On ABC, Diane Sawyer hosted with George Stephanopoulos in DC. On CBS, Katie Couric hosted with Jim Axelrod at the White House.

It also received roadblock coverage on FNC, CNN and MSNBC (but not HLN). CNN dropped the ticker…

MSNBC Late To Report Wolfowitz News

wolfomay17.jpgAt 6:11pm, both FNC and CNN reported Paul Wolfowitz‘s resignation.

During Special Report with Brit Hume, James Rosen shared details of the resignation agreement. On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou Dobbs interrupted his “amnesty” coverage to break the news.

And on MSNBC? Tucker Carlson, on tape, was leading a panel discussion on the high incomes of candidates in the race for president. MSNBC acknowledged the news at 6:20, almost nine minutes later, via a lower-third…

Falwell Dead: “Much Favored By Outlets In The Mainstream Media…”

falwellmay15.jpgAll the cable news networks reported Jerry Falwell‘s death at 1:33pm.

ABC and NBC aired special reports a couple minutes later. Charles Gibson anchored from DC on ABC and Chris Jansing anchored on NBC.

At 1:27pm, MSNBC said a local radio station had reported Falwell’s death, but emphasized that it was unconfirmed.

“We remember him in the news business… because he played an important role as a Christian right leader in American politics, but I think the height of that was probably roughly 20 years ago,” Brit Hume said on FNC at 1:45pm. “…He continued to be a talking head on television. He was much favored by outlets in the mainstream media in particular becuase he was given to say quite controversial things, which made news, made noise…”

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