Prince William and Princess Catherine’s double kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace Friday afternoon mesmerized billions – except, of course, for their adorable little bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem. The groom’s goddaughter, age 3, had apparently heard all she cared to about this Royal Wedding fuss and with a grimace and a pout, decided to shove her hands over her ears as thousands cheered for the Royal Couple from the crowd below.
Turns out Grace wasn’t alone in her frustration.
Cantakerous newsman Dan Rather, whose flawed 2004 report on then-President George W. Bush’s tenure in the National Guard led to his fall from grace at CBS, has had it up to his dentures with the ubiquitous media coverage of Wills and Kate’s nups. What’s he talking about? Well, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider sent 70 reporters to London to cover this morning’s wedding. And we haven’t even scratched the surface about the NBC, ABC, anc CBS correspondents who donned funny hats and chowed down on breakfasts of tea and English muffins to cover the happenings across the pond. Overkill, perhaps? Dan sure thinks so. He’s callin the coverage of the blessed union a “week of silliness in April.”
Oh dear…Did someone forget to take his Metamucil?
In a controversial essay penned for The Huffington Post Friday, the broadcast icon argues that while he’s got nothing against William and Catherine per se, there are much more pressing matters that deserve the news media’s attention.
“The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April…” Rather ranted.
“Remember those who have the least amongst us, struggling after more than a year of unemployment, a long commute they can no longer afford, or the diagnosis of a medical condition that could kill them and bankrupt their family. The networks couldn’t ignore the devastating storms that killed hundreds in the South, but you had the odd juxtaposition of that news being delivered by anchors sitting in front of Buckingham Palace….” he added. “I have nothing against the royals or their wedding. It is a legitimate news story, a big event for one of America’s most stalwart allies. We have had a lot of bad news lately, and if you are someone who finds this diversion interesting and exciting, then I think that’s great.”
Rather goes on to say: “What bothers me is the hypocrisy. The idea that we can’t afford to throw resources at an important foreign story, but can afford to spend this kind of money on a story like the royal wedding is just plain wrong…As a journalist, you like to be the one asking the questions. But it’s time that some of our news executives gave some answers of their own.”
For what its worth, William and Kate have reportedly decided to forego a splashy, lavish honeymoon, believing it would be in poor taste to embark on such a getaway while the British people are in the midst of battling a recession.