CNN posts, then quickly removes, utterly classless news-flash on royal birth (content warning)
We understand that celebrities are going to suffer a lack of privacy in our modern media age. But are there no lines that can be crossed, no limits to the violations to which our voyeuristic culture will subject them?
In the image below, you will see a breaking-news headline at the top of CNN’s home page. They removed it in fairly short order, but we happened to get a screenshot. It read . . .
Kensington Palace source: Prince William remained at Catherine’s side throughout her labor, and the baby was born vaginally.
Really? This is the depth to which our civilization has sunk?
Serious things are happening every day that the media could report on, but chooses to ignore. Meanwhile, they create news where there is none, damaging lives in the process. How many people have now been maimed by assailants angered over the Zimmerman-Martin incident? (Attacks that we must often go to foreign press sources to read about.) These people would almost certainly be unharmed today but for the media’s collective decision to turn a fairly clear-cut case of self-defense into a racial nightmare. (One need only look to the media’s repeated use of the phrase “White Hispanic” when describing Zimmerman to understand that this was intentional.)
And now, from that sort of venal, irresponsible, self-interested reporting, they quickly shift gears to a kind of voyeurism to which no one—be they royalty, celebrity, or any private citizen—should be subjected. If the question of whether this young couple’s baby would be born via vaginal birth or a C-section had been important to the story, fine—but did they really need to make it a banner on the home page, in such explicit language? Is respect for this family’s privacy that much to ask?
Bravo, CNN. You have further debased an industry that had already reached disturbing new lows.
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