January 31st, 2008
01:37 PM ET

Where's the circus?

From CNN Entertainment reporter Kareen Wynter in Los Angeles:

I couldn't believe it when my crew and I arrived outside of the UCLA Medical Center in L.A.'s Westwood district today to cover the latest in the Britney Spears saga. In fact, I almost had to ask if we were at the right hospital. (In fact, maybe I did. My mind is a bit blurry right now after a morning of nonstop live shots.)

Because not only were there no other media or paparazzi on hand, but no fans. That's right - fans. Earlier this month, some of Britney's faithful followers actually beat some of the media to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when she was hospitalized there, but today ... nothing.

Given recent history, I thought that this would rank as one of the big stories of the day. Well, a local news station finally showed up after about an hour. Another crew popped up a short time later. But the bottom line is, even after being out here for eight hours, the media circus that has trailed Spears at every opportunity just wasn't out in full force today.

So, that got me thinking. Is the media growing tired of this troubled pop star? I doubt it. But I do believe that a jadedness has set in - that many of those who cover Spears are no longer shocked by some of her unexpected misfortunes. I have to admit, when I got the 1 a.m. call about Spears' latest hospitalization, I wasn't surprised. Not at all.

Spears' family, friends, and advisers have all publicly expressed concern for her well-being. Let's just hope that, finally, she does get the support that she needs to get through whatever it is she is going through.

РKareen Wynter 


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