The birth last week of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge (full name: George Alexander Louis) received predictably massive media attention in Britain and, surprisingly, in the United States as well. As a summer respite, the glowing image of the parents -- Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (full name: William Arthur Philip Louis) and The Duchess Catherine (Kate Middleton) -- seemed to provide relief from so much mostly grim political, economic, war, and national security news, plus the current run of sexual scandals and sensational trials.
Leading the way on this side of the Atlantic was USA TODAY, which claims the country's largest readership for its print newspaper and free digital access. It devoted five pages of coverage the morning after the birth, and four pages to the baby's first public appearance. But coverage elsewhere was also extensive, given that the British royals are irrelevant in any meaningful way to Americans. And with the exception of John Oliver, the British comedian on The Daily Show, the news seem to be spared the attitude of dubious appraisal that is so much a feature of today's media culture. "Every broadcast channel and cable channel in the USA went live and stayed there for hours on Monday," the newspaper said. "Publications including USA TODAY poured out digital content. Twitter reported two million tweets and reached a peak of 25,300 tweets per minute. Even President Obama was waiting with anticipation, the White House said, which then tweeted out a picture of POTUS holding a baby."