Overkill? No way…

The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson makes a dumb comparison between MH370 and the cruise ship debacle…

CNN has found itself once again on the defensive about its round-the-clock coverage of a news story with seemingly little news in it. But this time, it’s not a doomed cruise ship that’s giving the network’s critics some pause. It’s Flight 370, the Malaysia Airlines plane whose mysterious disappearance has baffled the world.

Flight 370, the missing Malaysian plane that disappeared somewhere in the South China Sea, has been a major story around the world for days. But nobody has pursued the story with the devotion of CNN—even though there’s hardly any new information to be had.

On Thursday, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw tallied up CNN’s coverage of the plane on Wednesday (a day when there were plenty of other cable-friendly topics, such as the explosion in East Harlem, to compete with the story). He found that, “Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, CNN devoted 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared six days ago.”

Ok…so there may be a dearth of information on what’s going on with MH370 but to compare it to the disabled cruise ship coverage CNN did is crazy. This story is a big deal on so many fronts:

- What happened?
- Was criminal activity involved?
- Was terrorism involved?
- What this means for air travel and the business of same going forward?

With the cruise ship it was a totally different story. The ship wasn’t in danger. The passengers were merely inconvenienced. The facts were known and not really changing.

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3 Responses to “Overkill? No way…”

  1. You put all known facts to really explain leisurely in five minutes into a CNN pot, add every speculation possible from an infinite number of “experts” with infinite BS capability, and stir for 16 hours a day, pour it out on the deck… yepper, that smells like poop.

  2. Grandpa Dave Says:

    I have no problem with the quantity of coverage. But I am disappointed in the quality. There’s way to much rumor and speculation and not enough facts.

  3. bushleaguer Says:

    I was at work today and had to listen to CNN in the background for the entire time and CNN has been rolling live with the same coverage (was it a hijacking, and if so was it the pilots) for hours on end. Now I’m home and turned on CNN just to check it out and they’ve dumped Chicagoland for continuing coverage on a story with absolutely no new information to share.

    I don’t know about the cruise ship comparison but CNN has gone completely off the rails.

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