Friday, March 21, 2014
You're Using The Term Expert Rather Loosely
Not to make light of the missing plane from Malaysia, but these news reports are getting wacky.
It's not their fault. I mean, this is the biggest news story right now. And yet there is next to nothing to really report. So two weeks ago we had super big experts on at every corner doing all of these super big expert reports.
Then we went weeks without any hard evidence.
So as time ticks on, the quality of "experts" dwindles.
When the plane first went down, you had to have a PhD in aeronautics. Then it lowered to have you ever been to flight school. Lowered again to have you ever sat in a cockpit, even as a kid. I mean, if the pilot gave you plastic wings, come on down and do a report. And lately, if you have ever sat in an airplane, you are about as qualified as anyone to report on this missing plane. First class, economy, one of those little toy airplanes...make no difference. You're suddenly an expert.
My heart just breaks for those families. I mean, as a citizen of the world, who does a fair share of flying, I'd like this mystery solved ASAP. But I just can't imagine my loved one being on that flight and having no idea what happened. Just thinking about it rips my heart out. It seems the families just left their lives to sit in that hotel hoping and waiting for any bit of solid information. They can't go anywhere without being swarmed by reporters. So they are heartbroken and scared and not at home and staring at walls and going insane. They must be so tortured.
So please know I am not glossing over the tragedy of the event.
But when Courtney Love makes big news for her determination to solve the mystery...you know the media is scraping the bottom of the barrel for something...anything...to report on. Huge world news story without any real information, means lots of air quotes as reporters introduce so called experts.