Last week, news of the anticipation of the royal baby eclipsed much other news in the U.S., but it gave no indication of the level of stupid that was to come with the kid’s actual birth.
But in a tough field, where news outlets competed to provide torrents of inane coverage of an event that stopped being front-page news sometime around the enlightenment, CNN appears to have won the sweepstakes.
CNN put itself over the top when its correspondent Victoria Arbiter congratulated mom Kate Middleton, calling her “brilliant“–not for giving birth, but for producing a male heir the first time out. “This is how brilliant a royal Kate is,” Arbiter effused. “There are women throughout British royal family history who have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy and here we are. Kate did it–first time.” The princess will apparently keep her head.
Amidst CNN‘s torrential coverage there was also a segment about childbirth in the UK, featuring medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen interviewing a British woman who was actually in labor, as well as a promo for a documentary special, “Will and Kate Plus One.”
Elsewhere, MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews (Hardball, 7/23/13) receives honorable mention for complaining that coverage of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s latest online sexual weirdness was blotting out more important stories–including the birth of the queen of England’s great-grandchild: “This guy’s going to be the big story of the night, not Trayvon Martin, not the princess having a baby, but this stuff!”
Among the saturation coverage of the royal birth, one outlet provided relief: The Guardian‘s online site features a “Republican” button (as opposed to the default “Royalist” option) which hides all royal baby coverage from the reader.
But that’s in the UK–no such luck with U.S. outlets.