Is The Media Glorifying Drunk Driving With It’s Coverage of the Paris Hilton Story?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 7, 2007
I think the whole “Paris Hilton” thing is so over dramatized and I’m really just sick of hearing about her. With that said…Even more than the excessive over-coverage of this story, I am appalled by the lack of (really NO) coverage of the problem of drunk driving in this country.
Furthermore, it actually seems to me that the media is “glamorizing” the issue with their coverage of Paris Hilton and other celebrities.
The 26-year-old heiress worked the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday afternoon, then traded her strapless designer gown for a jail-issue jumpsuit and a solitary cell.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, turned mum Monday, but the media crowd outside the jail had grown since the weekend. — read full article
I wish I could make a law that required news agencies to mention that over 17,000 people are killed in this country each year because of drunk driving, every time they mention Paris Hilton. This story should NOT be about Paris Hilton, it should be about drunk driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is deeply saddened to learn that alcohol-related traffic deaths are at an all time high since 1992 and is asking the country to commit to the elimination of drunk driving. — read more
The truth is, Paris Hilton could have killed someone. If she had been shooting bullets into a crowd but didn’t hit or kill anyone…would the media glorify that? Probably not. But what she did was equally as wrong and equally as dangerous. For the record; this isn’t a post against Paris Hilton…This is a post against how the media is covering this story; as a “glamo-drama”. O.k. this is turning into a rant, and I’m sorry. Let me get to the real purpose of this post, which is bringing attention to the problem of drunk driving.
Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes (NHTSA 2006). — read more from CDC