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.”
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.