COMMENTARY | Rush Limbaugh is surely not the only person to have noticed the absurd noise to hard fact ratio concerning the missing Malaysian Air 777 jetliner that has taken over cable news like an all devouring monster. But he is the first to mention it.
People who watch the news have noticed that shows have been taken over by coverage of the missing jetliner, to be sure an irksome mystery. But bereft of actual hard facts, cable networks have taken to scheduling parades of endless experts to offer their theories, uninformed though they are, about what might have happened. If anyone happens to have actually flown a 777 and can work it into their busy schedules, they can be on TV as a qualified “expert.” Ditto for terrorism experts, old East Asia hands, and the usual group of ex government officials and sitting politicians.
A sensible news producer would schedule a five minute segment on the missing plane before moving on to other stories, such as the Rape of the Crimea, Obamacare, and the latest celebrity scandal. If and when something new happens, such as a terrorist group taking responsibility or the plane being found at the bottom of the ocean or emerging from a wormhole over Kansas, then by all means break in and let us know. But thus far the news is all missing plane all the time. Only it isn’t news, just theories and speculation.
The obsession over the missing plane is why the Lord gave us cable TV and the remotes to use them. Every time the latest speculation about the plane comes on, one waits a minute to see if there is anything new, before switching to the History Channel, the Science Channel, or the Food Network to watch something a little less boring.
The only comfort is that something new is likely to happen to entice the news channels away from the jetliner story. Putin will invade another country. Obamacare will claim more victims. Bill Maher will say something outrageous. Please, anything, before we lose our minds.