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Coverage of Paris Hilton’s return to jail: Is it fair?

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I’d like to thank the august Old Gray Lady for being hip and catching me up with all things newsy and entertaining. At 4:23 p.m. EST, The New York Times informed me that Paris Hilton, famous fleshpot, would return to jail. Complete with Nick Ut’s AP photo, too.

Yep. There’s the weeping Ms. Hilton. Right next to the lede heds: “General Pace to Retire as Joint Chiefs Chairman” and “Immigrant Bill Sponsors Vow to Press On.”

The rest of the Big Media piled on, too.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 8, 2007 at 5:18 pm

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Big Energy outspends Green groups 29 to 1 in state political giving

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Pretend, if you will, that you’re the chair of the Democratic or the Republican party state committee in a critical electoral college state. Like California. Like Florida.

You’re probably wondering: “Politics is expensive. How we gonna pay for all those attack ads we want to run against our political enemies?”

Relax. The energy industry’s got your back.

It funneled nearly $19 million into those two states, and the four top recipients were state Dem and GOP party committees. Between 2003 and 2006, nearly $40 million of energy-interest campaign contributions went to just 10 states — California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Michigan.

That’s according to a just released study by Megan Moore of the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 8, 2007 at 3:03 pm

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Recent statements from morons

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As such, her profile fits very well with other young professionals we’ve selected as the next generation of foreign policy leaders. [emphasis added]

—Lisa Shields, vice president of communications at the Council on Foreign Relations, announcing that Angelina Jolie has been given membership in the legendary think tank.

I responded to his comment with my right hand.

— Republican Sen. Charles Bishop, after slugging Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron on the floor of the Alabama Senate, charging Barron called him a nasty epithet.
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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 8, 2007 at 9:56 am

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