media darling

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media darling (plural media darlings)

  1. (idiomatic) A celebrity who is especially popular and who receives frequent and very favorable attention in the news media.
    • 1986, John Moody, "Gorbachev Loosens the Media's Reins," Time, 30 June:
      TV Correspondent Alexander Krutkov became an overnight media darling with his piercing on-the-spot dispatches.
    • 2008, John Heilemann, "The Meme Prisoner," New York Magazine, 14 Feb. (retrieved 13 Sep 2010):
      “[T]he coverage of Obama has been so positive that you have to call him, though I really hate this term, a media darling.”