24 hour speculation on Malaysia flight 370 disappearance

The cable news channels is having a field day with the disappearance of Malaysia Air flight 370, now in its ninth day. Especially CNN, as Eric Wemple tweeted:Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 7.06.51 AM

We’re having some video problems so my latest animation which deals with this subject isn’t posted yet (hopefully sometime this morning) but meanwhile here’s an archived cartoon from 2005:122805ReportAirDisasCOLIf I recall correctly, the Denver-bound Frontier was diverted back to Los Angeles after the plane’s cargo door warning light had turned on- which left plenty of time for CNN to speculate about what exactly would happened if the door ripped off, all while the flight was still in the air and passengers were being readied for an emergency landing.  Thankfully the plane landed safely and we were all spared watching CNN do wall to wall coverage of the carnage on the tarmac.

2 bombs explode at Boston Marathon

Terrible news- 2 bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, killing 3 and injuring over 100 people.  Events like this send the television media into overdrive, filling airtime with speculation rather than actual news and facts.  Let’s hope the coverage doesn’t spiral into non-stop, emotionally driven, 24 hour reporting.  I’m not hopeful, though.020203ShuttleColumbia