CBS correspondent Mark Phillips took journalistic hype to a new low on Wednesday's CBS This Morning when he compared Princess Kate's pregnancy to that of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago: "This is day three of what's becoming, perhaps, the most talked about pregnancy since Bethlehem." [audio available here; video below the jump]
Phillips delivered this beyond bizarre throwaway line as he began his report outside the hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge is being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum - a severe form of morning sickness. He added, "The news today seems to be better."
Actually, the news would really be better - especially the media's coverage of it - if they avoided making such mind-numbingly stupid statements. Also, one wouldn't have to look far for similar coverage of a pregnancy. Princess Diana, the unborn baby's grandmother, probably received the same treatment when she bore Princes William and Harry in the 1980s.
Phillips seems to have a penchant for hyperbole. Back in September 2011, the CBS correspondent gave a slanted depiction of the Middle East conflict - labeling Palestinians victims of "extreme," "hardline," and "militant" Israelis in the Holy Land. Speaking of the Holy Land, Mary and Joseph are probably grateful that correspondents like Mark Phillips weren't around to cover their stay in Bethlehem during the 1st century A.D.