I exaggerate only slightly when I say there’s been nothing on cable news for the last week but the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A flight with 200+ souls on board goes missing and suddenly the situation in Crimea doesn’t exist anymore. Neither does anything else in the rest of the world.
CNN has been wall-to-wall with the missing airliner. Any other news has to be read in the chyron at the bottom of the screen. I finally tried MSNBC briefly, and true to their purpose, they had a commentator on camera, busily commenting on … the missing plane.
So I did the unthinkable. I switched over to Fox News. And eureka!! They weren’t discussing the missing airliner. Oh no, certainly not. Not when they could still be talking about … surprise! … how awful Obamacare is. Guys, you’re beating a dead horse. It’s done. It was done several years ago. That ship has sailed. Talking it to death will not make it go away any more than 50 failed votes in the House of Representatives has. Oh, wait, they’re shifting to another story … seems there’s a plane missing somewhere between Malaysia and the middle of the Indian Ocean.
I’m as curious as anyone else about what happened to Flight 370. My best guess, all things considered, is that aliens snatched it out of midair and therefore we’ll never find any trace of it. I know that sounds silly, but it’s no less valid an opinion than those being offered up by every Tom, Dick, and Harriet on cable news. Nobody, at this point, knows what happened to the plane. What we are getting from our trusty “news” media are hours and hours of theory, speculation, best guesses, and recreations of possible scenarios. It doesn’t matter one iota that the commentary comes from pilots, former pilots, aircraft manufacturers, bureaucrats, and assorted “experts” of all kinds. It’s all meaningless conjecture. Meaningless! None of them has access to what little data exists, and even the officials who do have access cannot agree on what the data means.
This is almost as pathetic as what happened after the Boston Marathon bombing. But at least so far no one has published a front page photo of two innocent bystanders and said they hijacked the plane.
Not yet, anyway.