A question of priorities: CNN sends 400 reporters to royal wedding, only 50 to Japan

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    Mar 20, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    It's difficult to tell whether or not this is a reflection of American audience or American media's priorities. Given that CNN's rating decline has been going, I'm guessing it's the latter.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/18/fairweather-media-cnn-sends-400-reporters-to-royal-wedding-only-50-sent-to-japan/

    CNN alone will have a team of roughly 400 reporters, cameramen and crew assigned to the wedding. The network has 50 people on the ground working on the breaking news in Japan, plus others scattered in Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Ten cameras will be stationed around Buckingham Palace to capture the day's money shot—the royal family assembling on the balcony as Prince William and his bride share a kiss.
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    Mar 20, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, the media sets the agenda not the other way around. I could give a shit about Will and Kate.
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    Mar 20, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    The Daily Caller hasn't been around long but it's managed to compete with even Fox for Total BS Headlines.
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    Mar 20, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    er, the 400 hundred is composed of reporters, cameramen and crew. Your topic title is incorrect (to use an SB-ism).

    Let's see, what would be more hazardous, radiation or the throngs at the wedding? Hmm....

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    Mar 20, 2011 5:02 PM GMT


    "U.S. TV networks last week participated in a conference call about the logistics and safety of crews reporting from Japan. At least five networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News among them — shared data about the dangers of coverage given the invisible threat of radiation."


    http://www.denverpost.com/television/ci_17638419

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    Mar 20, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Because the up and coming Royal Wedding, is bloody big news; massive, and it's a feel good story too. They will only get in the bloody way in Japan anyways.

    But the Royal wedding is Biog News, even in America! The Void that was left by the late Dianna Spencer, will be filled again, and the world is excited about this, and those bloody Republicans of Oz (diffrent to Republicans in America, theses ones are ratbags) are also fuming about the whole thing as it's putting their advancement and agenda on a backward slide; long live our Queen.
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    Mar 20, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Well, we do live in a capitalist society. Unfortunately, CNN is a business, and the wedding will generate higher ratings.
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    Mar 20, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie saidBecause the up and coming Royal Wedding, is bloody big news; massive, and it's a feel good story too. They will only get in the bloody way in Japan anyways.

    But the Royal wedding is Biog News, even in America! The Void that was left by the late Dianna Spencer, will be filled again, and the world is excited about this, and those bloody Republicans of Oz (diffrent to Republicans in America, theses ones are ratbags) are also fuming about the whole thing as it's putting their advancement and agenda on a backward slide; long live our Queen.


    At least Diana Spencer introduced a few unrelated genes into that inbred little pool (resulting in two uncharacteristicly non-ugly royals.) But aside from the spectacle value we perversely accord these otherwise noncontributing anachronisms, the concept of aristocracy and advancement through inheritance rather than merit is counterproductive and out-dated.

    As far as I (and a large number of Canadians) am concerned , Elizabeth II should be the last foreign monarch and we should do away with the charade.

    William will most likely not be King of Canada, and it is questionable whether Charles will be either.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Earthquakes happen every day.
    The future king of England very rarely gets married.

    That, in no way, diminishes the urgency of the situation in Japan.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    News covers what will bring viewers. The aftermath of the Japanese disaster is already old news. Some estimate 2/3's of the planet will watch the Royal Wedding. Thats a lot of advertising to sell.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    As someone who follows obscure royalty, I wouldn't mind seeing some coverage on the upcoming marriage of His Royal and Imperial Highness Prince George Frederick of Prussia (heir to the defunct Imperial German throne) to Princess Sophie of Isenburg in August of 2011.

    Which also coincides with the 950th anniversary of the founding of the House of Hohenzollern. icon_smile.gif

    Prince Georg is the great-great grandson of the last German Kaiser, Wilhelm II.

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    I don't see the appeal in watching ugly people get married thousands of miles away from us
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidEarthquakes happen every day.
    The future king of England very rarely gets married.

    That, in no way, diminishes the urgency of the situation in Japan.


    I agree, it's not every year we get to see a future King get Married, I think the last one was 30 years ago, it's history in the making, and Royalty are a fiber right though history too.

    Nor dose this diminish what has just come to pass in Japan. Nor what could happen in LA tomorrow. When the people of Folsom may end up with an ocean view..
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidI don't see the appeal in watching ugly people get married thousands of miles away from us
    He WAS cute when he was younger.. but his dad's genes took over in late puberty.

    But you're right.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    ... and Japan still is a bit of a danger zone ...
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    Webster666 saidEarthquakes happen every day.
    The future king of England very rarely gets married.

    That, in no way, diminishes the urgency of the situation in Japan.
    Japan is more interesting! LOL
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    "Nor what could happen in LA tomorrow. "
    Must you? In the midst of all this gladness, you have to toss this bone in.

    Good gosh

    -Doug
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    Mar 21, 2011 9:44 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Webster666 saidEarthquakes happen every day.
    The future king of England very rarely gets married.

    That, in no way, diminishes the urgency of the situation in Japan.
    Japan is more interesting! LOL


    What seeing a country down on it;'s knees, as well a country devastated, put on it's knees, you find this more more interesting, interpretacion entertaining.

    How sad, sick, and disrespectful. At least the Royal wedding will bring joy, of celebrations of love and pride, around the world.


    But since you are from the left your insensitivity is justified, how bloody sad. If Rush had said that you would be screaming like a wet cat.
  • hebrewman

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    Mar 21, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    could it be that japan, for right now, is tapped out with housing and resources? i mean it takes a lot of infrastructure to feed, house and transport 400 reporters and their crews. then you have to figure out the logistics of getting them from one place to the other. just trying to even things out here.
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:13 AM GMT
    I don't understand why their marriage is such a big deal..
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:28 AM GMT
    alonelyplanet saidI don't understand why their marriage is such a big deal..


    You are only 20, and may know little of what is behind you, to even appreciate or grasp what may well be ahead.
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:43 AM GMT
    It's a marriage like any other will will have it's up and it's downs. It's not like gonna bring peace to the world.

    Japan's unfortunate state though puts the world at a very big risk especially if those nuclear reactors go off. That spells big trouble to everyone but let's get back to a wedding that really has no significance and doesn't solve anything other then the Prince getting some ass. LOL.
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie said
    alonelyplanet saidI don't understand why their marriage is such a big deal..


    You are only 20, and may know little of what is behind you, to even appreciate or grasp what may well be ahead.


    Or maybe you're too old to grasp that monarchy is just an obsolete, useless tradition that gets the fattest welfare-check from the taxpayers.
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    I for one care not a jot for the Royal Wedding.

    No glass of ours was ever raised
    To toast the Queen
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:55 AM GMT
    ivyjock said... and Japan still is a bit of a danger zone...

    That immediately occurred to me, as well, and I see it did to meninlove above, as well. The royal wedding is not dangerously radioactive (toxic to some, perhaps, but not radioactive). Nor is London having dangerous aftershocks, with the entire infrastructure in whole regions of the country broken down.

    News organizations were already pulling their teams on the ground out of Japan as the extent of the contamination became known. As did foreign governments of their non-essential personnel. Somehow I don't think it was so they could attend the wedding, either.

    This piece is just gratuitous & sensationalist news reporting, for basically the same greedy reason as the article's authors imply motivates CNN. Can we say "hypocritical industry rivalry"?