The state of the nation and the world is no better today than it was in April 2011, when a beautiful English maiden named Kate Middleton married the heir to a throne symbolic of a bygone, bonnie Prince William.
And we were smitten, in love with the idea of love — royal love — and matrimony, presented with enough fanfare and media coverage to capture not just England, but its former colony across the sea, the United States, and beyond.
Today, we get to revisit those feelings all over again, this time making a huge fuss and getting our collective knickers in a knot over the Royal Baby, who was born Monday to William and Kate of Wales, an 8-pound, 6-ounce bundle of baby boy charm — dare we say a Prince Charming.
OK, that’s enough. We’re even making ourselves a little queasy.
This fascination with all things English royalty over the last few years is mind-boggling, from Prince Harry conducting his military training right here in Imperial County, to his naked star turn in a Las Vegas hotel room, we can’t get enough of them … poor choice of words for a pantless Harry, possibly.
The Royal Wedding of William and Kate received more around-the-clock media attention on our shores than the wars we waged over three countries, more reporting hours and airtime than the economy and the partisan politics gumming up our democratic system or nearly any other story one can think of.
We, the media, lost all perspective in terms of what the stories worth covering were. We, the public, lost all perspective in what is important, period.
And in recent days —to a lesser degree, thankfully — we’ve lost that perspective again.
Baby watch, led to Kate’s in labor, led to when we saw the heir to the throne for the first time, which is leading to bookmakers setting up the tables on baby names. Will it be George? James? William? Richard?
Who cares? Somebody we suppose.
There’s got to be a reason for all this royal love and fascination. More than 230 years ago, we couldn’t wait to get out from under the lash of a monarchy, sacrificing the lives of our fathers and sons to live not as royal subjects of the British Crown but free men of the United States.
Today’s interest in the Royals certainly isn’t that big of a deal in the scheme of things, but we do need to exercise some perspective of what matters in a larger sense.
The diversion is fine; we all need a mental and physical break from all the negative news we are subjected to. But can we give the royal coverage a rest, for their sake and for ours?
THE ISSUE Media coverage of the royal baby
WE SAY When is enough enough? We need perspective.
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