Apr
11
2011

Media Mobilize for Royal Wedding

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune writes:

One estimate has 8,000 TV and radio reporters and support staff from around the world in London covering the nuptials. CNN alone is said to be sending 50 U.S. staffers to complement 75 from its London bureau.

It's bound to be better television than the federal government's budget negotiations. In any case, it provides a momentary diversion from the Middle East, Japan and whatever the next crisis turns out to be.

"There are a lot of other more important stories going on in the world. That's clear," said Jon Banner, the executive producer of ABC World News." "But it's nice every once in a while to cover a story where nobody gets hurt. It's a celebration."

This would seem like an obviously obscene waste of time and resources, with no plausible journalistic rationale.

Then again, as someone who has to watch the corporate media more closely than most, it's worth pointing out that there's very little news on the TV news anyway. Behold the results of an actual Nexis search of nightlynewscasts:

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding guestlist
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 422 words

Bob Dylan performs in China and Vietnam
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 132 words

Verdict may come tomorrow in Barry Bonds perjury trial
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 337 words

Gas prices continue to rise
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 59 words

Wildfires in Texas
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 47 words

New theory about serial killer on Long Island
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 402 words

Tiger Woods comes on strong at the Masters
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 144 words

Japan citizens frustrated in aftermath of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster find an escape in baseball
NBC News Transcripts, April 10, 2011 Sunday, 332 words

To be fair, there were some stories of actual substance.

And there was also this:

Results of peanut butter sandwich contest
NBC News Transcripts,April 10, 2011 Sunday,418 words

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.