Paris in Flames

3 10 2007

She was a question away from tears, from falling apart on national TV — the medium that made her famous to begin with (well, apart from the porno tape). Having served a few long days in jail, Paris Hilton wasn’t all about drudging up the tramautic stint with David Letterman.

Letterman, the journalist that he is, was.

Letterman was, in many ways, right in doing this. We need more of this. More actual, non-scripted interviews during late-night TV. Two people being honest with each other in front of an audience watching in the dead of night.

But was this the appropriate conduit for a departure from the usual fluff-talk? Again, possibly. Hilton deserves some public, face-to-face, mockery, at least as a way to signify how much of it goes on in private.

But when Letterman and Leno gladly roll over and receive, with laughs and encouraging smiles, the catastrophic rantings of people like Mitt Romney, does grilling Paris Hilton really reveal integrity? Or is it just a round with a punching bag, instead of actually entering the ring, stepping up and trading volleys of blows?

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