Last week, the editors at the Associated Press decided they’d had their fill of Paris Hilton and took the bold move of decreeing a ban on stories about her, which were averaging two a week. AP’s entertainment editor Jesse Washington, bless him, sent a memo saying that, except for any unforeseen major event concerning the socialite, there was to be no further mention of her from the wire service. Washington told the New York Observer, “There was a surprising amount of hand-wringing. A lot of people in the newsroom were saying this was tampering with the news.” Another, however, said, “This is a great idea – can we add North Korea?” (Editor&Publisher)
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