Can’t We Please Put This Story to Bed?

About three weeks ago, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared off the radar and landed on CNN’s editorial desk. CNN, and to a lesser extent Fox and MSNBC, has basically been doing wall-to-wall coverage of the missing plane. They break occasionally for an update on Ukraine or the landslide in Oso, WA, but otherwise? All 370, all the time. Hell, the might as well do the obvious and rename one of their shows Anderson Cooper 370.

It is not an exaggeration to say that probably 90% of each hour of coverage is devoted to this plane, which, I remind you, has been missing for three weeks. I’m fairly sure that by the time we’d gone three weeks past 9/11, the media was moving on. But, no, not in this case. Not CNN. They haven’t yet finished all their asinine speculation and rumor-mongering. Even the one show that I actually take time out to sit and pay attention to every week, GPS, has, for the last couple of Sundays, featured someone other than Fareed Zekaria spending 15 minutes out of the show’s hour-long airtime to tell us about the missing plane.

CNN, please knock this shit off. You still have a shred or two of journalistic integrity. You’re still the place that people can tune to if they want relatively unbiased news. Please stop destroying your reputation by continuing this nonsense. I know it’s been great ratings, but please, please stop.


One Response to “Can’t We Please Put This Story to Bed?”

  1. arthurthepanther Says:

    It’s funny in a sad way – my parents actually are hooked on this particular story, and I keep on telling them that the plane freaking crashed, it’s just a matter of finding the wreck site. Hell, it’s not even the first time something like this has happened, and it won’t be the last, and the likely reason for not finding any wreckage is that the ocean is (to paraphrase classic Adams), big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to the oceans.

    That’s not even mentioning that there are scientific and mathematic disciplines that will likely find the damn wreckage anyway, if we’re just patient.

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