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Old March 23rd, 2014, 04:06 PM
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Have you had enough yet?

Let's first stipulate that the probable crash of the airliner is a human tragedy, and we should not underestimate the importance of that or make light of it in any way.

That said, the nonstop coverage has gone beyond ridiculous and has now entered the Twilight Zone.

Some of you know that one of our kids is a professional airline pilot. A week ago he was home and attended a gathering with us. He was besieged by friends asking him for his views. "I got nothin'," he answered. Yes, he's very familiar with transponders, with ACARS systems, with airline procedures. He understands pings and GPS waypoints. But when it comes to the question of what happened, he's got nothin'.

Nor, obviously, does anybody else. Nevertheless, CNN is getting a huge ratings bounce (topping Fox in some dayparts according to reports) by riding this non-story essentially full time.

Among the breathless "Breaking News" reports. . .

--There could be a new "Bermuda Triangle" into which the plane was "sucked."

--The captain was seen talking on his cell phone before he boarded the plane.

--The first officer said "good night" to air traffic control before the transponders stopped transponding and before the plane turned. (all pilots know that when you're handed off to another controller it is standard to say, "good day," or "good night," or "s'long," or "bye," or "see ya," to confirm that you're leaving his frequency and moving on to the next control center. In other words, not ominous, not a story).

99% of professional pilots would say the same thing our son did: "I got nothin'." The other 1%, including Sully Sullenberger, are propped up in front of cameras full time, engaging in useless and, I would argue, counterproductive speculation.

Meanwhile, there are serious issues brewing in our fragile old world. They're getting short shrift because of this ridiculous emphasis on a story about which very little is known.

Find the plane, find the black boxes, and let us know what happened. Until then, radio silence (and TV silence and print silence) would be much appreciated.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 05:24 PM
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I agree with you totally. It's like their talking to just talk and have nothing to report.
I feel so bad for all those families and wonder if it's no more torturous for them to keep hearing all the media reports that have nothing to report other than gibberish.
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Who's to blame? The idiot television audience who tune in to watch the endless crapola.

Breaking News: Now they're bringing in the psychics.... which is a pretty good indication of the viewer mentality at present.
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Who's to blame? The idiot television audience who tune in to watch the endless crapola.

Breaking News: Now they're bringing in the psychics.... which is a pretty good indication of the viewer mentality at present.
Absolutely. They won't stop until the ratings erode, which I hope will be soon. Even the zombies who are watching this have to eventually figure out that nothing's going on.

Or not.

When it comes to cable news, "viewer mentality" tends to be an oxymoron.
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AR - I agree 1000%! Yes, I am curious to know what happened, but I am not glued to my tv 24/7. I think what CNN and other world media are doing is just horrible........not to mention the pressure they are putting on the families of those on that aircraft (on top of not knowing what happened to their loved ones and the fact that they Malayasian government appears to have lied to them through the first few days of this ordeal....). I feel the worst for them and wish that they would be left alone to grieve and deal with this tragedy.
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It seems to me that most of our ' news ' these days is just about talking issues to death.
Every time an event happens somewhere in the World, we have to listens to several commentators give us their opinion on the issue.

I wish they would just stick to the facts and let us make up our own minds.


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Yesterday we were having brunch with a couple of neighbors and Face The Nation was on. While the report of the missing airliner was on, everyone was glued to the TV. When the story about the Ukraine was coming on my neighbor was going to switch the TV off.

I asked he leave it on so I could see what was happening. He looked at me a bit strange and I said: "What's happening in Ukraine has far greater effect on us than a missing airliner." He acted like I was speaking a foreign language.

I believe people would like to make up scenarios rather than confront reality.

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I believe people would like to make up scenarios rather than confront reality.

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Yesterday we were having brunch with a couple of neighbors and Face The Nation was on. While the report of the missing airliner was on, everyone was glued to the TV. When the story about the Ukraine was coming on my neighbor was going to switch the TV off.

I asked he leave it on so I could see what was happening. He looked at me a bit strange and I said: "What's happening in Ukraine has far greater effect on us than a missing airliner." He acted like I was speaking a foreign language.

I believe people would like to make up scenarios rather than confront reality.

Take care,
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So True. People have no idea what is important because most of the MSM (main stream media) spoon feed them what THEY (the media) think is important, rather than what is really important. Got to keep the sheeple on the farm!
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CNN used to be a somewhat respectable outfit.
Then Nancy Grace happened.... then Dr. Drew and Jane Velez-Mitchell .... Now it's simply a joke.
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Jon Stewart was bound to weigh in on this, and he has. Absolutely the best commentary on the situation, including Fox's predictable emphasis on the fact that the pilots were Muslims (what more do you need to know?). Absolutely watch this video.

http://theweek.com/article/index/258...t-370-coverage
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