Notepad on Life

November 19, 2010

Independent’s day, with pre-emptive strike on royal wedding overkill

Filed under: Celebration,Journalism — - @ 1:59 am
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I don’t have much time for its politics but hats off to The Independent for its defiance in keeping the royal wedding resolutely off its front page this Wednesday.

It would be naive to think journalistic principle was its motivation but hopefully others in the media will have taken note that opting for important stories over the easy one did not result in the sky caving in.

At a time when family and national budgets alike are creaking like a galleon in a force ten and where young troops are dying for the folly of politicians not fit to shine their boots, a royal wedding – even one that looks beyond the blue bloods for a mate – warrants only so much attention.

Not that you’ll hear that from the press, too many of whose members will see fairytale nuptials as the ideal excuse not to wear out their shoe leather hunting down real news stories between now and the big day.

Brace yourself, instead, for a string of puffery pieces based around musings of the kind of royal ‘insider’ so beautifully lampooned by Armstrong and Miller. Trite fodder for the masses that probably won’t even require a trip beyond Greater London.

So from this royalist, grudging thanks to one newspaper prepared to raise the bar just a little bit higher. For now, at any rate…


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