October 7, 2022

(NewsNation) — American information networks went wall-to-wall Monday, protecting the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen was laid to relaxation in Windsor Fortress beside her late husband Prince Philip. However did we actually want that a lot information protection?

Tons of of 1000’s of mourners lined the streets of London to pay tribute to the queen. Her casket was paraded on a grand procession by means of the town. The service adopted at Westminster Abbey, the place President Joe Biden and scores of different world leaders have been readily available for England’s first state funeral since Winston Churchill died.

It’s newsworthy, for positive. She was a very titanic determine and is eminently deserving of all of the accolades she has been receiving within the day since her passing.

Now, if this have been the BBC, I might perceive why her dying would lead to nonstop protection for days on finish. I nonetheless don’t get the quantity of American media protection surrounding the royals, from Harry and Meghan to William and Kate to the queen and now the king and sure, even the service from 4 a.m. Jap time during to 1 p.m.

All three of the largest cable information networks went all in on the queen for 9 hours on cable information. Completely nothing else was coated. Not a minute dedicated to another matter.

President Biden gave a giant news-making interview to 60 Minutes, your entire island of Puerto Rico was with out energy on account of a devastating hurricane, extra migrants have been bused into Democratic strongholds. But, these tales and all of the others have been ignored for the funeral of the 96-year-old British monarch.

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I won’t even have such a difficulty with the information networks protecting the service uninterrupted for 9 hours if there was truly 9 hours price of issues to say. However with that a lot airtime to fill, the networks centered on some actually inane particulars surrounding the ceremony, like doing a whole stock of the queen’s jewels.

Throughout these 9 hours, factoids have been picked aside and newscasters obsessed over each final element of the service, together with the clothes that everybody wore. The media appeared totally engrossed with each sew of those outfits. The style correspondents gave the impression to be of their glory Monday. Plus, the fawning over the queen was infinite.

It was all a part of an effort by the Huge Three cable information networks Monday to not simply broadcast this service, however to promote it and so they weren’t alone. The printed networks went all in on the queen’s service.

ABC and NBC every devoted eight hours — uninterrupted — to the funeral. CBS was a bit extra restrained with a modest 4 hours of protection. In an effort to elucidate why this was so momentous, they shared some actually wild predictions in regards to the viewership that the service did obtain with claims of 4 billion individuals watching the funeral.

Wait … of the estimated eight billion individuals on this planet, greater than half watched the queen’s funeral? That appears robust to consider.

It seems that the 4 billion prediction that the networks ran with a supply to a DailyMail article, which quoted one professional who’s recognized as a TV analyst who offered scant particulars to backup the remote claims.

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Certainly, early scores information from a number of main international locations, together with the UK, means that viewership was huge however will fall dramatically wanting this estimate.

However hey, it makes the community’s nonstop protection appear slightly extra justifiable. However even when it have been true, it doesn’t clarify why 9 uninterrupted hours wanted to be dedicated to this.

Historical past is necessary. I’ve written 4 books on main American figures in historical past. However historical past additionally has its place.

We’re speaking about information networks which might be speculated to be protecting information. I get some protection, the massive story, however I stay baffled by the American obsession with the royals.

However hey, the scores have been strong for the cable networks, about 50 % larger than regular for these time slots. I suppose all that uninterrupted protection paid off.

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