Funny or inappropriate?

WaPo has an article on the travesty of justice ‘tranfer’ of Paris Hilton from actual jail confinement to mansion house arrest with an ankle monitor. The concluding paragraph reads

It could not be immediately determined if personalizing the bracelet with Swarovski crystals would interfere with its transmission capabilities.

While I appreciate a little assistance with laugh-lest-you-cry, I wonder at the appropriateness of this quip in a news article, even if it’s news about a person who has no reason to be newsworthy. I realize it’s under the entertainment section but would this kind of joking be well received if it was in an article about, say, one of our local institutions? Am I holding the paper to an unfair standard?

7 Comments so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    If it’s in the entertainment section, I believe the standard to which it is held falls quite a bit. In fact, just that they’re talking about this “news” proves that their level of standard is at zero.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    I kinda like the irreverence, actually, and I think we could do ourselves a great big favor to drop the image of impartiality and just let it be known when Paris Hilton’s not subject to the same justice system that you or I would be.

  3. Brian (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

    It’s in the entertainment section, so it isn’t meant to be seen as hard news. Additionally the article gives pretty much no detail as to her “medical reasons” (they don’t serve cocktails in solitary) so given the absurdity of assigning importance to this kinda-sorta-celeb, I think the quip is appropriate, not over the top, but lets you chuckle at a completely messed up situation.

  4. Daniel (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    I loved it… WP getting a bit snarky on a topic that is beyond ridiculous…… Bravo for the writer for getting the zing in past the editors.

  5. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    As someone who doesn’t give a crap about Paris Hilton, I have to side with Don on this. That’s just not cool to put in a news article, entertainment or not. Not bad for a column or editorial, but not for news.

  6. j (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm


  7. Stacey (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    UGH! So inappropriate!!

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