Most Worthless Breaking News Alert Ever?

I awoke to find the following in my mailbox from CNN:

Britain’s Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, giving her a ring of Welsh gold.

Since we have all been told over and over and over about this wedding,somehow this doesn’t strike me as breaking news.

Now, had they skipped the big ceremony and headed to Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator, that would have been news.

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  1. James Joyner says:

    Pretty much my reaction. Although I did find the part about the “ring of Welsh gold” mildly amusing.

  2. Jay Tea says:

    Well, since Will will become “Prince of Wales” should Charles assume the throne, it’s appropriate, I guess…

    But yeah, pretty useless announcement.


  3. Oops–blogged before checking the page.

    Indeed, I almost quipped that perhaps the ring of welsh gold was the reason for the breaking news.

  4. Jay Tea says:

    spam alert from “prasad’s” comment…


  5. […] “Most Worthless Breaking News Alert Ever?’ headlined Steve L. Taylor at Outside the Beltway, signaling fellow members of the Fuddy-Duddy community that for discerning fellows like himself, the pageantry and romance of Wills’s and Kate’s royal wedding that had filled the airwaves and swelled hearts and tear ducts around the world — an estimated two billion watched — early morning (ET) were a trivial distraction from more important matters. Like Stacy McCain’s little Princess, we ourselves were enraptured, but Taylor and a lot of opinionators out there in the twittersphere, blogosphere and on TV — yes you, Shepard Smith — missed the story: It’s the optics, stupid. “It was just so lovely to watch,” said one CNN commenter. Swept up in the overwhelming sense of community and good humor amongst well wishers outside Buckingham Palace following the Westminster Abbey ceremony, she got the scoop: […]