Paris the thought!
: An US writer appears on Howard Stern’s show this morning to report that Paris Hilton is so upset over her video-oh that she’s “bawling” and even “doesn’t feel like going to parties anymore.” No, not that!
: There’s a fun game started in the comments. One says the parents were nuts to put a city name before that last name and he wants to introduct himself as Des Moines Airport Hilton. Another suggests a change to Monaco Hilton.
I, however, think that given current behavior, the most appropriate new moniker might be Fresno Hilton.
Any other nominations?
Imposter to the throne
: I’m all for freedom of the press and unfettered ability to investigate. But I do think the Mirror went too far giving a reporter a false identity to see whether he could infiltrate Buckingham Palace security to get near the Queen and the President: “He had a full view from a pitch by the state dining room through a net curtain. Had he been a terrorist hell bent on assassinating the royals or Mr Bush, nothing could have stopped him.” Well, I suspect that there were also metal detectors and other means of making sure he didn’t smuggling in a nuke.
It’s a cliched story. It’s a nonstory in many ways. And it gives the bad guys ideas.
The palace has said they have “not ruled out” prosecution of the reporter. And maybe that’s the right thing to do. One still needs to act responsibly, for we are all in this together.
Big fat lie
: KFC is dropping its horrid ad claims that — in the Atkinds era — fat fried chicken is suddenly health food, the Guardian reports. That was the single most disgusting ad trick I’ve seen since the invention of spam. Clearly, in a nation besieged by obesity and heart disease, fat is not suddenly good for us. I don’t endorse nannyish efforts to regulate or legislate or sue food companies into responsibility for our eating habits. But KFC, it seems to me, opens up the entire industry for such action with such clearly fraudulent behavior.
The biggest Hollywood scandal ever?
: Correct if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Michael Jackson case the biggest scandal in the history of Hollywood?
Sure, OJ was tried for killing people. But Jackson’s a much bigger star and a much stranger star and doing anything to a child — if he did it — gets you a reservation in hell. This story is going to be berserk beyond anything we’ve ever seen.
The sheriff and prosecutor who announced the arrest warrant against Jackson just now on TV are making the big mistake of acting all jolly about it, cracking jokes about how Jackson’s isn’t their kind of music and how they’d advise against sleepovers at Neverland Ranch. Dumb. They’re acting as if this is their moment in the spotlight when, in fact, it’s a serious case. And it doesn’t help that it’s two doughy white guys arresting a once-black guy.
Howard Stern said this morning that no matter what happens in this case, the parents of the 12-year-old alleged victim should be hauled out to the public square of ridicule themselves. Knowing what we know and hearing what we’ve heard about Jackson — true or not — what responsible parents would ever send their child into his grasp? Stern essentially accused them of selling the kid to Jackson to get the chance at a case and a payday.
Jackson’s finances have been shaky. He has been weirder and weirder. We are about to watch the final phase of what will probably rank as the worst fall in memory.
My colleague wonders whether Michael Jackson will moonwalk on his perpwalk.
Substance v style
: Harry quotes Bush’s speech at length and then asks:
…what is exactly the problem with any of this?
What exactly is conservative, isolationist, racist about any of this? I know he has a really bad and unnerving habit of producing an inane looking grin after making a deadly serious comment but looking at the content rather than the delivery, what is the problem?
Democratic revolution? Opposing tyranny? Shake off decades of failed policy in the Middle East? No toleration of oppression? Freedom for all mankind?
Tell me please if I am going mad but didn’t the left used to come out with visions like that?
: He shows a sense of humor, too:
It was pointed out to me that the last noted American to visit London stayed in a glass box dangling over the Thames. (Laughter.) A few might have been happy to provide similar arrangements for me. (Laughter.)