Beverly Hills brands itself as the platinum version of America. These days, however, that luster could use a shine, particularly with its PR handling of the Ronni Chasen murder.
As heartbreaking and terrifying as the crime was, the Dec. 8 Beverly Hills Police Department press conference, promising some closure, was almost laughable.
Held more than three weeks after the murder, the much-anticipated, heavily attended gathering turned out to be brief, vague, contradictory, awkwardly self-congratulatory, full of loose ends and fairly combative.
The BHPD’s opinion of those present was most apparent during the short Q&A when, in response to a question, one official chose to whine about the media coverage. He complained that journalists reported on any and all bits of information and speculation arising over the past weeks, suggesting...