Hearne: What Would Paul Wilson Say?

malaysia-air-777-370Pardon me while I stand in (ever briefly) for the missing in action Paul Wilson

Remember him? The writer dude who likes to mix it up with that Harley character in the comments section, and who fancies himself as some sorta kinder, gentler, more erudite Craig Glazer. You know, a “well coiffed scribe.”

Anyway, if Wilson were able to dig his you-know-what out of the vacation dust, undoubtedly he would have something to say about the month long overload and overkill by CNN covering Malaysian Flight 370. Frankly, I shudder to even mention it, given the ridiculous amount of  practicality news-free coverage this story has gotten.

However, I think we’re beginning to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

For example, on this morning’s hour long newscast on BBC America, they were 20 minutes and four or so stories in before they touched ever so lightly on what many of us have become accustomed to hearing gavel-to-gavel; the latest no-news-is-news update on the missing flight.

The latest being – believe it or not – instead of the pilot’s final words having been, “Alright, goodnight” as has been reported for like three weeks, they were actually, “Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero.”

Stunning!

Unknown

The poorly coiffed scribe

Or, maybe not.

It didn’t take CNN five minutes to introduce an experienced commercial airlines pilot, who quickly explained that the latter is merely the standard way those sort of communications are conveyed by pilots.

As to why or how someone translating the words into “Alright, goodnight” could have happened – well, how hard is that to imagine?

Yet like three hours later ,when I check into CNN, there’s Wolf Blitzer yammering about how it seems odd, mysterious (and I guess suspicious) that weeks could go by with this subtle distinction not having been noticed or corrected.

You know what? Bullshit.

With CNN’s ratings reportedly up some 86 percent, the only thing that doesn’t seem odd, mysterious or suspicious is the reason the news network has all but ignored 90-plus percent of the world news it regularly covers to air out-there speculation and rumors about the missing flight. Especially given that the actual amount of news to report has been essentially slim to none.

No wonder CNN’s ratings are so abysmal normally if the vast majority of what they generally report on is so easily dispensed with…to talk about something that while sexy, they know precious little about.

At least that’s what I think Paul Wilson might have said were he to dig his…oh, never mind.

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19 Responses to Hearne: What Would Paul Wilson Say?

  1. Nick says:

    practicality ≠ practically
    well coiffed ≠ well-coiffed

    Paul would cringe…

    • admin says:

      You’ve obviously never edited Paul’s copy, Nick.

      And while we’re on the subject, you need to give some serious consideration to getting a life. I wrote five columns yesterday with a computer that’s only about three quarters of the way back and edited three others. With nobody btw editing my copy – and all you have to say is you caught a couple of minor typos. Seriously?

  2. paulwilsonkc says:

    Paul IS cringing and thanks for pointing it out! Yeesus (Kanye reference gratuitously thrown in for hip relevance) can’t a guy take a week away at the Big Cedar?
    Screw CNN and their coverage; nothing to see here, everyone go home.
    As a pilot, here’s what happened. Yes, they said “good night” to the air control center handling that leg; it’s a common sign off when you’re leaving one center and being handed off to another.
    Huge drop in altitude? No more radio contact? If this plane is found, and it may not for some time, the black box will show a sudden electrical problem, fire or both. Diving to a lower altitude would make sense. I course change? No electricals, no console, no indicators as to where you are.
    No conspiracy, just likely a mid air incident. Maybe the pilot knew the area and thought he could limp it to an alternate airport, maybe he just had his hands full looking through smoke as he continued to attempt committing aviation.
    Blitzzzzer has spanked this like Craig would a…..ok, never mind.
    It’s just hard to make a story out of nothing.
    Ill be back soon…..don’t go getting all weepy on me there, big guy.

  3. hot harley says:

    sorry to repeat myself hearne…but yure wrong again.
    the crash has been a boon to cnn…their revenues have skyrocketed for
    advertising during the period. so has fox news. msnbc has dived as they’ve
    tried to makea story out of christies traffic jam.
    cnn is making headway…and a story like that gives them the leeway to
    inccludeit along with all the other crap they count as news.
    as far as money…cnn has done well…fox has done huge humbers….but
    msnbc is really having problems trying to fill theirv s chedule with
    idiots outside Rachel and Mathews….
    so don’t discount cnn….they are making a comeback…because total
    cable network news viewers are dying off….too old…and they need
    an election in 2014 or 2016 to get them back in the hot seat.
    asfar as me and paul…we banter back and forth but he’s hd some good
    pieces but he tries to play krugman and ny times writers…and that’s not his
    forte. His forte is stories about kc and what makes it tick. forget the
    kid stalker….the rape at mu…paul is best at pieces that tie to the heart…
    not the brain.
    and as always….he hates when I correct him all the time. nothing personal..
    just that he needs to back up his statement s with facts.
    hope he gets back…good guy…seems to have his heart in the right place…
    and enjoy a lively debate with the “big guy”.

    • paulwilsonkc says:

      I live to please you, Harley. I have nothing else in this life.
      Thanks for being my biggest fan, dis3iple and reader.
      Yer friend,
      Big Guy

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    • admin says:

      How am I wrong, H Man? I noted that CNN’s ratings are up 86 percent.

      And you say, they’re garnering more ad revenue; duh!

      • hot harley says:

        read your article hearne…you banged on wolfe….cnn for
        making this a long story (like your jardines story and the
        jewelry thief)….
        but that’s what the viewing public wants…obviously the
        rest of cable network news was having problems with
        getting current stories (except fox which is still trying
        to downplay aca after 7 million new insures)…..

        hers what you wrote since you’re getting dementiaWith CNN’s

        ratings reportedly up some 86 percent, the only thing that doesn’t seem odd, mysterious or suspicious is the reason the news network has all but ignored 90-plus percent of the world news it regularly covers to air out-there speculation and rumors about the missing flight. Especially given that the actual amount of news to report has been essentially slim to none.

        you’re banging cnn for covering a non story when you’re
        famous for that….like bars in college towns…hookers…
        rapes in Columbia…..jardines….all really boring boring
        non essential nor news worthy stories.
        sorry hearne…you lose again…
        obviously someone wants to hear the planestory…
        maybe not you who’se more concerned with golden
        showers and black men having sex with hookers! hahahahaha!

        • admin says:

          I banged on CNN alright, but not for falling short of attracting some killer ratings. I noted that.

          My banging – if you will – was about the loss of credibility the station is experiencing owing to the fact that they’re so shamelessly milking a single story when they have little to nothing of import to report. And in the interest of doing so are taking a pass on virtually every single other form of news they normally report to do so.

          Like all anybody really cares about or needs to know is the missing plane story? For like a month with nothing really very substantive.

          Knock yourself out, Mr. H

        • hot harley says:

          hearne…see john stewarts monologue from last
          night about cnn’s coverage of plane crash..it
          was hilarious….you’ll enjoy it!!!!!
          but people want more news about it…so that’s
          what they’re covering.
          go watch it then get back with me. thanks..harley

  4. Harley has Consciously Uncoupled from reality. They promise to remain friends and raise his (Harley’s) brain cell together.

  5. Orphan of the Road says:

    Capped-teeth-and-hairdos providing Infotainment. A leisure service of the conglomerates which own us all and the Republican Party. Window dressing compliments of the Democrats.

    End of month/beginning of month. Maybe Glaze or Lefty know how long before the meds kick back in for harley?

    My prof was once part of The CBS Evening News. They would often approach air time wondering how they would fill the time. Now the local news has evolved into a show running two-and-a-half-hours with no real news.

    I want you to all run to your windows and throw them open. And yell as loud as you can…

  6. hot harley says:

    heres what you wrote hearne
    My banging – if you will – was about the loss of credibility the station is experiencing owing to the fact that they’re so shamelessly milking a single story when they have little to nothing of import to report. And in the interest of doing so are taking a pass on virtually every single other form of news they normally report to do so.

    what about kcc…the jewel thief…4 or 5 stories with nothing found…just like
    the plane…
    rape case by wislon…..nothing…dead end story…
    hookersopinionsabout blacks versus white guys….you thinkthatswhat
    is news or important to your Viagra downing readers???????
    your choice of stories is worse than cnn….they have news stories…
    ever seen the other shows…idon’t watch cnn ….too young (under age for
    cable news cnn…that means I’m not 65 and on social security)….
    they probably lookat nightly ratings…see whats happening inviewership…
    then they put on what people want to see…obviously its working since
    peirs I think is now gone…….you hve no idea how programming works…
    therefore you make the same wrong conjectures as glaze.
    if people didn’t want to see it why are numbers for cnn going up….
    the assignment people look t ratings….they’re getting more viewers…
    and its a somewhat compelling story.
    let me explain….when msnbc first broke the Christie scandal their
    ratings went up dramatically!!!!!! huge numbers while the others
    were stagnant. their viewers wanted more about the Christie fat
    boy traffic lane scam on their shows…so they beat that dead horse.
    It will come back..Christie will go down….do the perp walk as heleaves
    office …..along with the rest of his clowns….but msnbc ran that story til
    it got old…and then numbers went downand now its part of the
    shows but not as prevelant as it was when fat boys scandal broke.
    you need a schooling on this subjectjust as glaze needs schooling on
    sports…if you need help contact me at law4life1000@yahoo.com.
    Harley has it all….sorry but you have no facts just conjecture and
    false assumptions that do not jive with the real world.
    when will you see whats happeing outside larrytown…its a whole
    different world?
    what about tharpes picture….hows that playing in larrytown?

    • admin says:

      Actually, my jeweler story is still alive and kicking. But I’m playing it very careful for a number of reasons and I’m not even remotely approaching the gavel-to-gavel coverage CNN has given the missing jetliner story.

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