Palms Casino: “FREE PARIS”

    Palms Casino in Las Vegas revealed their new promotion, FREE PARIS trip. The billboard has HUGE red letters that read ‘FREE PARIS’ and in little tiny front ‘trip’. Any guest who eats at the Bistro Buffet will receive a free trip to Paris with their paid admission to the buffet. The Palms owner George Maloof is the mastermind behind the promotion.

    splashnewsonline.com

    Once again, it should be “Fair Punishment for Paris,” not “Free Paris” or else, the media will portray us as brain-dead fans who idolize Paris Hilton for only being so glamorous. A very insulting and false fact for many fans.

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    What The Media Won’t Tell You

    NOT very long ago, it was possible to contemplate spending a relatively long and reasonably productive career in American journalism without ever having to type the words “Paris Hilton.”

    That was then. This, sadly, is now.

    Watching the cyclonic attention that swirled around Hilton’s court appearance this week, it was hard not to notice how closely our celebrity-besotted press now resembles Churchill’s famous description of the prewar Germans as a people “either at your throat or at your feet.”

    Having benefited from the tabloid media’s attentions while it was in that latter posture, perhaps this rather odd young woman will now have to suffer through its assault. That, in fact, is the traditional arc of celebrity for celebrity’s sake. First the tabloid media’s various incarnations make you famous for nothing more than being famous. Then it turns in a fury of righteous indignation and devours you for, well, being famous.

    It’s perverse but predictable.

    Here is where the ritual dismissal of Hilton’s aimless life and self-absorbed character are supposed to occur. Let’s skip them.

    If millions of people choose to be fascinated by a young woman who apparently feels that the best thing to do with wealth and privilege is to turn herself into an unpaid photographer’s model, what can you say? Like the inexplicable English affinity for spaniels, monarchy and the music of Frederick Delius, it’s simply one of life’s essentially harmless mysteries.

    What isn’t harmless is the way in which so much of the serious news media checked its critical intelligence and judgment at the door of this particular feeding frenzy.

    AN unexpected range of otherwise respectable news organizations devoted a stunning number of column inches and broadcast minutes to covering the hearing at which Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer sentenced Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating the probation she received for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Their coverage — and nearly all the extensive commentary that accompanied it — was remarkable not only for its volume, but also for the absence of most of the context and perspective serious newspaper and broadcast journalists usually deem essential when reporting on the criminal justice system.

    Nobody in the mainstream media, for example, bothered to inquire very deeply into whether Sauer’s sentence was within the usual range for such an offense. That’s interesting, because how a judge employs their discretion is normally an important part of any court story. Had such questions been asked, the reporters would have found that Sauer’s sentence was unusually harsh for a defendant who had behaved as Hilton had. It was far more typical of the kind of sanction a judge might have imposed on somebody who had violated probation by drinking and driving again, which she did not do. (In that context, it’s also interesting that no one bothered to debunk early reports that Hilton also had failed to enroll, as her probation required, in a program to discourage alcohol abuse. In fact, she’s close to completing such a program.)

    The harshness of the sentence ought to have loomed larger, when put together with Sauer’s unusual ruling forbidding Hilton from paying to go into one of the private jails usually open to suitable defendants with sufficient financial means. (The question of whether any rich person ought to be able to buy their way into a private jail is an entirely separate and, in many ways, far more important question.) The clear impression was that Sauer had decided to make an example of a spoiled young woman who was behaving as if her celebrity put her above the law — and it was an impression both the serious and tabloid press seemed to relish.

    The tabloid press is somebody else’s problem but it’s troubling that none of the mainstream print or broadcast journalists commenting on the case pointed out that the American criminal justice system does not make examples of people. It penalizes people for specific individual acts and punishes them according to the law. We do not punish one person to instruct others. We rely on the public administration of disinterested and dispassionate justice to educate and deter.

    We don’t make exceptions to this principle — not even for Paris Hilton.

    So why are so many people and organizations who ought to know better behaving as if Hilton’s case is an exception?

    The answer isn’t pretty, but it is disturbing.

    MANY of the people who direct mainstream newspaper and television coverage of events like this are in a complete panic over the migration of increasing numbers of readers and viewers, particularly young ones, to the Internet as a source of information. That panic has engendered a kind of fog in which anxious editors and producers have fallen into a profound confusion. Many have begun to assume that availing themselves of the web’s technological opportunities entails embracing the ethics of its lacier fringes.

    Coverage of celebrities in the popular media took a turn for the vulgar some years ago, when under then-editor Bonnie Fuller, US Weekly began generating huge newsstand sales by publishing photos and stories about movie stars and others caught off-guard in what previously had been private circumstances. Other print media soon followed, and they — in turn — gave rise to the celebrity-focused gossip sites that continue to metastasize across the Web. Many of them recently have turned to scooping up police reports and booking photos from minor offenses; the serious news organizations used to accord scant, if any, notice.

    The mainstream media’s digital panic has changed all that. Editors are increasingly mesmerized by the number of “hits” — individual visits — these gossip sites receive when they post a given story. Worse, newspapers and some television operations have begun to record the number of hits individual stories on their online sites receive, publishing rankings of each day’s most popular stories.

    The result?

    Things like this week’s feeding frenzy, which doubtless produced the predictable number of hits. If you inserted Paris Hilton’s name into your grocery list and posted it on the web, you’d get tens of thousands of hits. They don’t mean anything, but that hasn’t stopped desperate news editors from grabbing onto what they mistake for useful information the way a drowning man or woman clutches at anything that might keep them afloat.

    The Los Angeles Times, for example, currently is advertising for a reporter to fill a new “celebrity justice” beat.

    At the end of the day, there’s nothing particularly shocking about Hilton’s problems, about her mistreatment by a court that may have lost its balance in the unaccustomed glare of public attention or, even, by the performance of the tabloid press. What is troubling to those who hope to see the mainstream news media carry a few shreds of its increasingly tattered editorial judgment into this brave new digital era, is the behavior of so many people in this business who should know better.

    Changing public tastes may require the serious news media to give more frequent attention to celebrity ephemera. It ought not, however, be the same sort of attention given by the tabloids or by their hyperactive online spawn. The fact that a story you can’t avoid covering takes you into the gutter is no excuse for behaving as if you belong there.

    This article is written by TIM RUTTEN and is posted on calendarlive.com (Paris isn’t the only one guilty). It was brought to my attention by a visitor “Sabrinia.” Thanks to her!

    The parts that I highlighted talks about a taboo subject, but of course, I’ve mentionned them a million times. Now it’s a journalist who finally realizes the truth. That in itself, is quite remarkable in an age where journalism has become a joke, and where journalists depend on one another’s opinion. Finally, a journalist who stood up for the truth and ignorned the voice of the crazy majority. Now he, just like us, will be ridiculed and put down by the loudmouth haters.

    This article reminds me of September 11th. The media reported everything they knew about the attacks, but failed to address the most important question: Why America was attacked on September 11th, 2001 – or name the causes if you prefer. But that’s another story.

    TIM RUTTEN, may not know very well who Paris Hilton is. Some of the things he said about her is false and misleading. He may call her “spoiled” when it’s totally not true, but at least, he understands that you can’t use Paris Hilton and make an example of her.

    If you agree with TIM RUTTEN, you may want to email him and thank him as a fan for writing such a rare article. His email is timothy.rutten@latimes.com

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    Larry King Talks About Paris Hilton And Her Jail Sentence On His Show

    Larry King… What would one say about him? You know what I would say. Larry is a bit ignorant when it comes to Paris Hilton. He’s very much the type of person who would refuse to believe that Paris has anything to offer, and misunderstands a lot of things about her. However, in most cases, he’s a reasonable guy.

    Yesturday night, he discussed about Paris Hilton’s jail sentence with a couple of guests who knew Paris quite well. It was a very informative talk, except for one guest who made a false statement. I’ll let you know what it was.

    You can now read the transcript. I strongly suggest you do. This comes from CNN.com.

    Full Transcript “CNN LARRY KING LIVE – Will Paris Hilton Go To Jail?

    If you don’t want to read the whole transcript, I’ve posted the most interesting aspects here. One of things that everyone is agreeing on is that Paris will become bigger than ever. And you know, no matter how ignorant the media, the experts and people are now, Paris will gain more fans and she could possibly become a bigger role model, something that everyone will agree on. This is an opportunity.

    As for us, the fans, we will finally be able to see more of Paris instead of dead-boring celebrities (just my opinion). This means and I strongly hope a second music album. And I truly hope that this time she will do the right decisions and finally, become a true artist.

    Ok, here are the juicy parts of the transcript.

    Why Paris Hilton won’t get a fair punishement

    The problem is — the real problem is, is she’s going to be — Howard is completely correct in that she will be discriminated against.

    She, in this sense — normally, and I’ve had clients within the last two weeks where lawyers in my office have admitted a probation violation. They’ve been sentenced to 10 — anywhere from 10 to 45 days.

    One of my lawyers tells me that just this week, somebody who was sentenced to 45 days, just similar to her, was released in less than 24 hours because of the overcrowding.

    So, that’s not going to happen to her, because everybody is going to be paying attention.

    But if she was — if this was Joe Hilton, as opposed to Paris Hilton, she could fully expect to be released and — due to the overcrowding.

    KING: Are you saying you think if she goes, she’ll do 45 days?

    GERAGOS: I think — no, because with credits, the most they can keep her is 30. She — if they’re going to be fair about it — and this sheriff is, you know, Sheriff Bach is a pretty fair guy…

    Paris Hilton will be harassed constantly in prison

    However, because she’s Paris Hilton, she is going to be harassed every single solitary moment.

    KING: By whom?

    GIBSON: By every inmate in there. They’re going to want to know everything about her, who she knows. They’re going to be talking at her constantly. She will not have a moment’s peace.

    Why 45 days is not unreasonable according to Hatchett, a judge

    HATCHETT: I do agree with the sentencing. Everybody says oh my goodness, it was one violation. But you have to follow the timetable, Larry.

    This happened back in September of ’06. She was arrested on a dui. And at that time, the statute says that she could have been sent to jail at that point for a period of not less than five days and not more than 90 days.

    But she got a pass. Eventually, in January — the system works slowly — she was put on probation. But her license was revoked in November.

    And so then she gets stopped January 15th. She gets stopped about February 27th.

    And so it’s not just this one situation that she’s going to serve time with. I don’t think the 45 days is unreasonable in this situation.

    Paris Hilton will be treated worse for obvious reasons

    GERAGOS: Yes. And Richard is — Richard Hutton is the dean of the dui lawyers in Los Angeles. So Richard clearly knows what he’s doing.

    She is going to be treated worse, however, and is being treated worse. If it wasn’t her, you would be able to continue there is case a number of times. You’d find a much softer place to land.

    Paris Hilton is getting advices for jail time

    WOODCOCK: You know what, Larry?

    I do. Right now, Paris is preparing for this experience and she’s actually been in contact with Patty Hearst.

    KING: Who has done time?

    WOODCOCK: Yes, she has. And she is giving her advice and tips. And it’s actually comforting Paris. And right now, she’s working out twice a day — Paris. And she’s actually trying to do some therapeutic artwork — collages with her animals. So she’s basically preparing for this experience of jail time.

    Paris Hilton will release a book about her jail time after she’s out (a great opportunity for her to become a better person)

    GIBSON: Absolutely. She’ll write another book about her time in jail.

    KING: Even if it’s three hours?

    GIBSON: Correct.

    KING: My three hours in jail.

    GIBSON: Her one hour — her one hour incarcerated. It will likely be a best seller.

    KING: Did jail change you?

    GIBSON: It is a very humbling experience and, yes, it is a real reality check.

    Paris Hilton’s fame will only grow bigger (great news for her fans who are expecting a lot from her)

    MIN: Paris will be bigger than ever when she comes out of jail. Let’s remember, Paris’ brand is trouble. The thing that really put her on the map to all of America was a sex tape that she ended up embracing and ended up actually making money off of herself.

    You know, no matter — scandal never seems to taint Paris. She was caught on camera using the “N” word. She gets into terrible feuds and fights with all of young Hollywood. Her sidekick is stolen, embarrassing e-mails revealed.

    Nothing ever seems to slow Paris down. And, let’s face it, the reason we’re even talking about Paris right now is that people really like to watch people they don’t like as much as they like to watch people they do like.

    The public will embrace Paris Hilton

    The amazing thing about Paris, when I’ve met her several times, she’s the most incredibly charming person you could ever meet. She’s so lovely. When you see her work with the press and fans, she’ll stay on a red carpet and sign — sign autographs for fans for hours and hours and hours.

    She’s an interesting contradiction. And for that reason, I think the public will be willing to embrace her in — in her — in whatever capacity down the road.

    Kathy and Rick Hilton are hoping for the best

    KING: Cheryl, do her parents believe that after all of this, she’s going to change?

    WOODCOCK: You know what?

    They are certainly hoping that. They also do feel that this punishment is awfully extreme. But they’re hoping that it will turn into something positive, then, perhaps, Paris could become a role model and something really good could come out of this.

    How long will Paris Hilton serve?

    KING: Off the top, Cheryl, how many days you think she’ll serve?

    WOODCOCK: Off the top, I’m hoping a few hours.

    KING: Janice?

    MIN: I think it will end up probably being around 20 days. She’ll end up on good behavior, get her sentence reduced. But I think she will end up in there for at least a few weeks.

    HATCHETT: I think at least half.

    GERAGOS: Twelve hours.

    GIBSON: I would say a couple of weeks. Two or three weeks.

    KING: Thank you all very much.

    Illuminating.

    Paris Hilton “famous for nothing”?

    DUNNE: …she earns a lot of money, you know. That’s the thing. She earns something like $7 million to $10 million a year just by going to these openings and these parties. She charges for that. And she is…

    KING: But what does she do?

    DUNNE: Nothing.

    KING: So she’s famous for nothing?

    DUNNE: Nothing, that’s right. And you wonder, she’s 26, now when she gets to be 30, is this going to still work? I don’t think so.

    Wrong, Dunne. Paris Hilton has starred in movies, TV shows and already has a wonderful music album. I don’t care if the public doesn’t want to see it this way, but it’s the truth. She also travels around the world to build her brand.

    And we, the fans, are fans of her because of these achievements.

    Full Transcript “CNN LARRY KING LIVE – Will Paris Hilton Go To Jail?

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    Manhattan Rallies For “Free Paris Hilton”

    New York City isn’t losing any sleep over Paris Hilton’s impending incarceration.

    “Free Paris Hilton” rallies in two Manhattan locations Thursday had a combined turnout of roughly eight participants, a throng of journalists, and a Paris double.

    Despite the lack of supporters, the event’s lead organizer said he’s not disappointed.

    “Although the physical turnout wasn’t huge today, the online support has been tremendous,” said David Seaman, the lead organizer of “Free Paris Hilton Now.”

    Hilton, 26, was sentenced to 45 days in prison for violating her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. But she is expected to spend less than half that time in a California women’s jail, where she must report by June 5.

    Seaman said the rally had been planned for Washington Square Park, but he switched the location to Crosby and Prince streets when he realized New York University was holding its graduation at the park.

    “I didn’t want to steal any thunder from the NYU commencement,” Seaman explained.

    Two of the three attendees at the Washington Square Park location said they showed up hoping for a “freak show.”

    “We’re here for many reasons but none of them have anything to do with Paris Hilton,” artist Chris Weller, 44, said. “We really came to watch from afar, we didn’t know we’d be the rally.”

    Performance artist Gregory Moore, also 44, agreed: “I think the turnout kind of speaks for itself. It’s kind of a joke that she thinks she’s above the law.”

    Event organizer Seaman said the media turnout, which included a camera crew from Access Hollywood at one location, was “out of control,” especially since he created the Web site (http://freeparis.shutterline.com) announcing the event in about 20 minutes.

    “Is this really the most important thing going on right now?” Seaman questioned, before adding that he was quite serious about protesting Hilton’s jail sentence.

    “You shouldn’t ever spend 45 days in jail for driving on a suspended license,” Seaman said.

    southflorida.com

    This campaign has badly been misnamed “Free Paris.” It should now be:

    “Fair Punishement For Paris”

    And I’m sorry to say but Paris’ fans are a terribly disorganized bunch. It’s all ridiculous.

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    Paris Hilton Makes A Collage For Her Sick Father

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    Oh No! Paris Hilton Is Supposed To Do Interviews For Simple Life 5 After June 5

    Paris Hilton’s pending jail stint is surely going to muck up promotional plans for the launch of E!’s The Simple Life.

    No one at E! will talk about it publicly, but so far they’re keeping scheduled appearances in place for the scandal-scarred duo of Hilton and Nicole Richie.

    As of Wednesday, Hilton and Richie were scheduled to appear on the June 6 edition of CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman. And Hilton alone is booked for Live With Regis & Kelly on June 7.

    Insiders said the bookings were still set, but no one would be surprised if she bailed.

    That’s because, unless her appeal works, Hilton will be wearing prison threads by then.

    “Production for The Simple Life Goes to Camp wrapped in early April and will premiere Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, on E!,” is all a network spokesman said in a statement. “We wish Paris all the best as she deals with this difficult time.”

    Hilton is facing a 45-day jail stay for breaking her probation agreement on an earlier DUI infraction.

    “I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation,” she said in a statement Wednesday.

    Hilton off the social circuit and in jail poses problems for the people at E!, who were hoping this season of The Simple Life would get an audience jolt because it marked the reuniting of Hilton and Richie.

    When the previous season of The Simple Life was shot, and aired on E!, Hilton and Richie were not talking. As a result, the two were not on camera together for much of the show. No friendship meant no joint interviews and little advance publicity.

    This time around, the tabloid twinkies had made up and were expected to go hand-in-hand to the usual outlets. Recently, they appeared together in People magazine.

    The Simple Life Goes to Camp follows Richie and Hilton as they lead a bunch of campers who want to become more health-conscious at a wellness camp run by Susan Powter.

    wilmingtonstar.com

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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    Svengali Spencer Pratt Wants To Set Paris Hilton Free

    “Hills” villain and PR Svengali Spencer Pratt has a new attention-grabbing gimmick — he’s joined the Free Paris bandwagon with a “Free Paris” MySpace page. The pseudo-celeb told Us Magazine that-when not frolicking on the beach with newly pneumatic girlfriend Heidi Montag, he’s leading the pro-Paris fight. “I’ve always thought that the punishment should fit the crime. Paris has changed her image dramatically over the last couple years. Now she is such a good role model and a smart businesswoman. So it’s a shame that a miscommunication between her and her people is landing her in jail. She should get probation with community service, but no way should she be put in jail with real criminals.”

    Spencer claims that once 100,000 supporters sign his online petition he will take up Paris’ plight with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Good luck, guy.

    TMZ

    Posted: May 12th, 2007
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