Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding: Let the Brit's Talk!

Lucky you weren't listening to Fox!
I am currently watching the ramp-up to the wedding royale out here late West Coast time.  Coverage started before midnight so its not that big of a deal.  I was quite thoroughly enjoying Fox News simulcast with Sky News (the prime British news network) listening to the locals describe the scene in fantastic scenic minutae and with details of the locations and persons arriving early for the wedding.  Then at 1 AM west coast time Fox News American anchors including the left-leaning Shepard Smith started their broadcast and basically ruined the whole royal vibe.  Shep mocked wedding goer's hats - basically sounded like a yankee southern hick - and the blonde gals (who I basically like)  kept bringing up how Princess Di got screwed around by big ears (what does that have to do with anything?).  Hey, its a nice event.  Describe the wedding and shut up.  I would have been very happy to have kept on the Sky News channel and not listen to Yanks screwing it up and sounding annoyingly like Katie Couric.  Oh, thank god we now have Brit analyst Imogean Lloyd Webber on the scene to save the day!  Shut up, Shep!  And by the way it's "Posh and Becks"!  No matter - I turned to KCET and got a lovely Brit feed there.  Where are my bangers and mash?

2 comments:

Lynn Marie said...

As an American, I want to apologize for the rude, irreverent coverage of the royal wedding by Shepard Smith. I generally like Fox News, but Smith absolutely ruined this very important and special event. I had to turn to CBS for appropriate, respectful coverage. I am truly sorry for his horrible behavior.

Rock said...

Well, I'm an American too, and like Fox most of the time (I think Shep is just abrasive and hamhanded and doesn't seem to know much about popular culture). But the juxtaposition of SKY News to him and several others over at Fox was just horrible. I flipped to KCET - and that is some public broadcast station - and got a Brit feed and that was much more pleasurable.
There's technically nothing wrong with the Fox folks but it was like they were squaking at the Macy's Parade.