Paris Hilton Jail Parody A Hit

Allan Murray and Sean Haines produced a spoof of Paris Hilton’s song ‘Stars are Blind’, which is wildly successful on YouTube. Both spoke with ‘The Early Show’ host Julie Chen about the creative process behind the parody. Watch the segment, aired Thursday (June 14), via below the cut.

Dan Rather Not Happy With Paris Hilton ‘News’ Coverage

June 13, 2007 – Talking to FOX News earlier today, Dan Rather slammed the wall-to-wall coverage of Paris’ release from jail and subsequent return, criticizing his ex-bosses at CBS News for running Hilton stories on the evening news. “There’s no empirical evidence that by going with that [the newscast] attracts a younger audience,” said Rather.

Bashing Leads To Big Ratings For Cable News Nets

June 13, 2007 – TV Newser reports that the cable news networks received a boost from Paris’ court appearance on Friday (June 8) and subsequent sentence. Fox News Channel averaged 379,000 demo viewers for the total day, up from the previous Paris packed day’s 304,000 demo viewers, and 231,000 on Wednesday before everything blew up. MSNBC’s total day demo viewership also spiked, from 101,000 on Thursday to 162,000 on Friday. CNN spent less time on the heiress than FNC or MSNBC, but their demo audience was still from 185,000 on Thursday to 220,000 on Friday. In primetime, Larry King’s full hour on Hilton received 1,417,000 viewers, at least a 50 percent bump. Headline News’ Nancy Grace also got a huge boost, averaging 1,068,000. Check out all the primetime numbers here.

Sharpton Defends Involvement In Jailing

June 13, 2007 – Rev. Al Sharpton met with Sheriff Lee Baca today to discuss recent events surrounding Paris and how they relate to other prisoners in the jail system. Asked why he was there by a reporter, the National Action Network president responded, “If I lead a national organization, and citizens in the county who are members of the organization call for us to get involved, the question is, ‘Why wouldn’t I get involved?'” Footage from has since been removed.

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