Royal baby media coverage
Media coverage surrounding the birth of the royal baby is heating up.
Kamlet said, "By any definition, the birth of a prince or princess who is a potential heir to the British throne is news. It's something that Americans are interested in if for no other reasons than our historical, cultural and social connections to the British. And during the summer, it's the kind of news that doesn't take a lot of vacation energy to digest. That said, I wonder whether news organizations are spending their limited resources wisely. The cost of keeping camera crews, producers and correspondents has been piling up into the thousands of dollars, perhaps into the hundreds of thousands depending on what resources have been deployed. Wouldn't we be better served if that money was spent on more serious journalism? One has to wonder what stories are not being covered, or covered the way they should be, because reporters, producers and photographers--be it for broadcast, print or online--have been deployed to stand outside a hospital hoping to get pictures and sound of an event they were never going to get anyway."
Valone said, "The public fascination with the royal baby both here and abroad demonstrates the subtle and mysterious power that history holds over all of us. There is no real significance in this particular birth. Prince William and Duchess Kate, while they are an immensely attractive and charismatic young couple, have no particular claim to our attention. The British monarchs have essentially no power, and aren't even particularly wealthy by today's standards. Any celebrity status they have attained, and make no mistake this is purely a celebrity birth on par with many others we have witnessed over the last few years, is inexorably bound up with their connection to history--to Princess Diana most immediately, of course, but perhaps more significantly to the centuries of twists and turns of the royal bloodlines of Europe. Those twists and turns made for great drama, as captured by Shakespeare and others, and also helped fundamentally to shape our world. So in celebrating William and Kate's child we are, in some sense, connecting with that past, and everything both good and bad it represents. In observing this birth, then, we reflect upon the world that was, the world that is, and the world that is to be. And in that, there is certainly cause for plenty of fascination."
To speak to Kamlet or Valone, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).