Is this the best we can do?

Tonight, on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, as well as on alternative news sites like Newsvine, reddit, and Digg, one story grips the nation: Paris Hilton is going back to jail.

Seriously, what is wrong with us? Look, I’m not saying that Paris Hilton did anything right here. She has been convicted of driving under the influence, and she deserves to go to jail.

But is this really the most important thing that’s going on right now? Is this what deserves our attention as a nation? How about, for example, the fact that tensions are rising between Russia and the United States? How about the fact that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is stepping down? How about the fact that Swiss Senator Dick Marty’s investigation accuses the United States of running secret prisons in Europe?

These are events that are actually newsworthy, and it’s shameful that our media is so rabidly focused on such an utterly trivial concern.

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