In the midst of all of these crisis situations, our national news media is focused on what is happening “across the pond .” All three broadcast network news shows led their programs last night with the story of the royal birth. Supposedly, these programs are delivering “news” to their viewers, but the birth of a royal baby is not hard news, it is typical celebrity trivia. Our so-called news media has been enthralled by the news of a future King of England, the new baby boy born to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William and now the big focus is over the name.
In fact, CNN “Royal Commentator” Victoria Arbiter was so enthused with the birth that she praised the Duchess for being a “brilliant” royal. She gushed, “There are women throughout British royal family history that have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy. And here we are — Kate did it first time.”
Wow, she had a boy, how brilliant! Arbiter is typical of the others in the media who are breathlessly reporting every detail of the birth. The sad reality is that this story is a distraction from the troubles ordinary Americans face in this country. It is a way for people to imagine being a royal and living in privileged luxury. It happens every day when our media fixate on the everyday activities of mindless celebrities. We treat these people as an American version of royalty.
Our celebrity obsessed media already spends too much time and attention covering Hollywood stars. This royal story just adds to the nonsense that our media is delivering to Americans.
We should focus on people who have distinguished themselves and benefited their fellow citizens. The media should highlight the activities of business leaders, military heroes, scientists, researchers and others who are making a positive difference for our country. Instead, our media is fixated with the royal baby and the lifestyles of the British monarchy, which are honored not due to their accomplishments, but due to their birth.
It is a sad indictment of our media and our country that so many people are so concerned with privileged monarchs from England when we have so many more important issues that deserve our attention.
By the way, didn’t we fight a revolution to free our country from the grips of the British monarchy over two hundred years ago? It is quite amusing that we have now come to view the British monarchy much differently from our Founding Fathers who won the Revolutionary War. Thank God that our Founding Fathers did not have such a soft spot for British royalty.