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Is The Media Glorifying Drunk Driving With It’s Coverage of the Paris Hilton Story?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 7, 2007

Paris Hilton Mania! Is the media coverage Glorifying Drunk Driving?

By Catherine Morgan

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.
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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

***You can read my full post at BlogHer Health and Wellness.


5 Responses to “Is The Media Glorifying Drunk Driving With It’s Coverage of the Paris Hilton Story?”

  1. Shocking! (not so much) Paris Hilton Released From Prison.
    Comment by Catherine Morgan posted Thu, 2007/06/07 – 12:13pm

    By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer

    Paris Hilton was released from a Los Angeles County jail early Thursday because of an unspecified medical problem and will fulfill the remainder of her sentence for probation violation in home confinement, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

    The 26-year-old hotel heiress was sent home shortly after 2 a.m. wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

    Hilton was sentenced to 45 days for violating her probation in a reckless driving case, but had been expected to serve 23 days in jail because of state rules allowing shorter sentences for good behavior.

    She ended up spending three full days at the all-women’s facility in Lynwood, but because she checked in late Sunday and left early Thursday, authorities credited her with five days of time served. She’ll be confined to her Hollywood Hills home for 40 days.

    “I can’t specifically talk about the medical situation other than to say that yes, it played a part in this,” Whitmore said.

    Hutton didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday. Nor did her publicist, Elliot Mintz.

    Whitmore refused to answer questions from reporters when asked if the medical condition was physical or psychological. He said it was not a staph infection. The jail provided Hilton with a pamphlet on the skin infection when she checked in.

    The conditions of Hilton’s home confinement were not immediately disclosed. Whitmore referred all questions to the L.A. County Probation Department. Messages left for the person handling media calls weren’t immediately returned.

    Hilton had surrendered to authorities with little fanfare late Sunday after a surprise appearance at the MTV Movie Awards, where she worked the red carpet in a strapless designer gown.

    “I am trying to be strong right now,” she told reporters at the time. “I’m ready to face my sentence. Even though this is a really hard time, I have my family, my friends and my fans to support me, and that’s really helpful.”

    Hilton was housed in the “special needs” unit of the 13-year-old jail, separate from most of its 2,200 inmates. The unit contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates. She didn’t have a cellmate.

    Hilton’s lawyer, Richard A. Hutton, said Monday after his client’s first night in jail that she was doing well under the circumstances.

    “She’s using this time to reflect on her life, to see what she can do to make the world better and hopefully, in my opinion, to change the attitudes that exist about her among many people,” Hutton said after visiting Hilton.

    When Hilton was sentenced May 4, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled she would not be allowed any work release, furloughs or use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail.

    Whitmore said Thursday that Sauer “was consulted and he was advised.”

    Officers arrested Hilton in Hollywood on Sept. 7. In January, she pleaded no contest to the reckless-driving charge and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.

    She was pulled over by California Highway Patrol on Jan. 15. Officers informed Hilton she was driving on a suspended license and she signed a document acknowledging she was not to drive. She then was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 27, at which time she was charged with violating probation.

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  3. Nick said

    I saw yesterday that MADD is saying that Paris Hilton is one of 500,000 people who drive drunk, have their license suspensed, and drive anyway each year. They say they are trying to raise $500,000 by the end of June to combat these 500,000 unsafe drivers; I’ve pasted part of their email below:

    “MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving would help stop these 500,000 Paris Hiltons by 1) replacing long license suspensions with restrictions on driving that require offenders to use ignition interlock devices and 2) increasing penalties for driving while suspended to help deter people from committing this crime.

    There are three things you can do to help stop these 500,000 offenders:

    1. Donate to MADD online and help us meet their $500,000 goal at http://support.madd.org/combat500
    2. Forward this email to on to your friends and family
    3. Email your legislators to let them know you would like better ignition interlock laws at https://secure2.convio.net/madd/site/Advocacy?id=477

    It seems to make sense — why not try to solve the larger problem?

  4. casseysmith said

    I am trying to say Hilton was housed in the “special needs” unit of the 13-year-old jail. Hilton was suffering from some medical problem.

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