If the networks are vulnerable to any criticism for pandering in the case of Ms Smith, it is that they each found a soft or celebrity feature to follow that celebrity news. In their defense, the features were fun. NBC chose the British royal family: Dawna Friesen filed the same story (minus Lawrence Olivier) on Prince Harry going to war--"it is in his family's blood"--that Mark Phillips filed for CBS on Tuesday.
ABC and CBS went to the movies. For CBS' preview of the Academy Awards ceremonies, Bill Whitaker (no link) found soundtrack mixer Kevin O'Connell, now nominated 19 times, yet without a single Oscar on his mantelpiece. After his 19th nod for Apocalypto, "O'Connell is more than ready for his close-up." ABC's Robert Krulwich (subscription required) offered cross-cultural comparisons of the snacks we eat at the movie theater. He contrasted Hollywood popcorn with Bollywood vada pav and papa chat--and created the catchphrase resounding through the corridors of ABC News: "Hello Potato!"
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