Monday, May 2, 2011

The Royal Wedding and Osama Bin Laden

How awesome would it have been if Osama Bin Laden had been killed on Thursday night or Friday morning?

Imagine watching the news media’s heads collectively explode from London as they tried to figure out how to effectively cover both events -- two events that couldn't be more different. Wouldn’t that have been simply amazing? It’s been fairly amusing over the past four days watching every single newspaper in the country try to outdo each other with headlines and stories…first of the wedding and now on Osama Bin Laden. Multiple news stories on every little detail for both events. Twitter, dresses, photographs, viral, Facebook, the royal kiss, burial at sea, and blah, blah, blah.  The front pages of all the major news sites are astounding right now.

You’d think only two things have happened in the entire world in the past four days.

While I’m happy for William and Kate, and the wedding looked lovely, I’m of the opinion that you could get married in a burlap sack in Westminster Abbey and your wedding would still be the stuff of legends. Is that a beautiful church or what? It’s been incredibly frustrating that the coverage of that event was so wall to wall. To anyone who says “turn if off if you don’t like it” it was the only thing on the news for most of the day on Friday. (Maybe a tiny blurb at the bottom of the screen about the devastating tornados in the south.) Do people in this country really care so much about the wedding? I know I don’t. Even during the weekend I kept unintentionally catching highlights of it on the cable channels as they were replayed over and over and over again. Man, enough is enough.  Next up, Royal Baby Bump Watch.

And now…Osama Bin Laden is dead. Allegedly. Some great news to be sure, and maybe the push we need to cut all aid to Pakistan right about now. But even the Tribune and the Sun Times right now are still wall to wall Osama Bin Laden coverage. I’m pretty sure there were a bunch of murders and robberies in Chicago over the weekend…how about some coverage on that?  It's so annoying the way the news seems only capable of covering one story at a time these days.

1 comment:

  1. What do you think about the death photos not being released? I think they should.