Associated Press experiments with Paris Hilton ban
The Associated Press (AP) is basically a household name. They're the people who supply tens of thousands of news outlets with the latest breaking news.
Starting on February 19th, the editors at the AP decided to ban any stories on heiress socialite Paris Hilton.
During the week of the AP's ban, her name still managed to show up in a few articles; but Paris didn't headline any stories coming from the wire service.
A few days before, the AP had written from Austria about Hilton's appearance at the Vienna Opera ball, just ahead of her 26th birthday. We didn't cover her weekend birthday bash in Las Vegas.
During "blackout week," the AP didn't mention Hilton's second birthday party at a Beverly Hills restaurant, at which a drunken friend reportedly was ejected by security after insulting Paula Abdul and Courtney Love. However, her name did slip into copy unintentionally three times, as background: in stories about Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and even in the lead of a story about Democrats in Las Vegas.
Paris worked VERY hard to get her name back on the AP, but failed to do so before the ban was lifted after reaching the week long goal. One day after ban was over, however, Hilton was arrested for driving on a suspended license.
She probably slept well that night knowing that she could still get her name picked up the AP though.