CNN RETURNS TO ARUBA….Here’s the front page at CNN right now, and I just have to ask: are they trying to become a parody of themselves? They aren’t even bothering to pretend there’s any news in the case, either. It’s just a one-year retrospective. Here’s how they justify themselves:

The unfolding investigation had all the dramatic elements needed to captivate television audiences, said [Theodore] Simon, who has commented widely on the case.

“An American on an idyllic island supposedly celebrating her graduation goes missing under less than clear circumstances,” he said.

Needless to say, Simon didn’t have to bother mentioning that Holloway was an “18-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch blonde,” because CNN had already said it for him several paragraphs earlier.

In any case, it’s yet more bad timing from the White House, which probably didn’t realize they were foolishly announcing a new Treasury Secretary on the anniversary of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance. Who knows? If Henry Paulson were an 18-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch blonde, maybe they could have convinced CNN to cover it as actual news.