The media’s coverage and obsession of the royal wedding seems to have trumped all other news for today, including coverage of the US event, a space shuttle launch and the horrific tornado damage in the south. What is this obsession with royalty about? It baffles me. Yes, I love weddings as much as anyone else viewing the royal wedding. But, I was always told everything in moderation. There has been nothing in moderation about the royal wedding coverage.
I commend NBC network and Brian Williams. Apparently, Mr. Williams, along with most of the rest of NBC was assigned to cover the royal wedding. But, when Mr. Williams’ plane landed, he learned of the tremendous tornado damage that occurred in many of the southern states. He immediately returned to Heathrow Airport to make his way back to the US to cover the events in this country. Too bad, he did not take some other journalists with him.
My real concern is not the coverage of the royal wedding. I too, took a peak at Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding. But, I didn’t travel to England to see it nor wake up early from home to view it. I have to wonder if the same people who flew there to stand outside and witness the wedding on jumbo screens , are spending the same amount of money and energy in this country to change our economy. It’s okay to travel there and spend tourist dollars. But, charity starts at home. I just hope we can get on with our lives now that the wedding is over. But, wait, I guess we can’t until there’s still the honeymoon.
Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer who has represented clients in defective products cases. She is also a legal and political commentator who contributes to the Huffington Post. She holds a juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School and a BA in American history from the University of Pennsylvania.