AP's Experimental Blackout of All Paris Hilton "News"

Last week the Associated Press did an experiment: it had a blackout on all news about Paris Hilton, just to see if anyone cared.

Turns out, people noticed:

The reaction was to the idea of the ban, not the effects of it. There was some internal hand-wringing. Some felt we were tinkering dangerously with the news. Whom, they asked, would we ban next? Others loved the idea. "I vote we do the same for North Korea," one AP writer said facetiously.

... an internal AP memo about the ban had found its way to the outside world. The New York Observer quoted it on Wednesday, and the Gawker.com gossip site linked to it. Howard Stern was heard mentioning the ban on his radio show, and calls came in from various news outlets asking us about it. On Editor and Publisher magazine's Web site, a reader wrote: "This is INCREDIBLE, finally a news organization that can see through this evil woman." And another: "You guys are my heroes!"


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Associated press is a joke.

They're just telling everyone what to watch and who to listen and they do it on every chanels.

I dont buy newspapers anymore because the information is easier to find on the net and usually less biassed then in the newspapers.

I heard a debate once about how important it was to keep on buying newspaper to protect the information but I totaly forgot what was his argument because I was laughing too hard the whole time.
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Oh man if only they could do this forever, and for all celebrities...


You want to have an entertainment section? FINE! but leave all entertainment news in the Entertainment section.
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