It is one of the oldest tricks in the journalism playbook. How to cover a story that is too demeaning to report on? Answer: report on the controversy about journalists lowering their standards.
Enter Kate Middleton, celebrating her 25th birthday, and girlfriend of Prince William of Britain. How did NBC's Dawna Friesen tell us that she is a pretty, rich, self-confident commoner, lacking in "proper pedigree," whose favorite drink is Jack Daniel's with Coca-Cola? By covering the condemnation of the paparazzi, who plague her just as they did her boyfriend's princess mother.
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