I’ve been up since early this morning. Did some yoga exercises, took Monte outside to poop and pee, came back inside, turned on the news, owned up my computer, and made coffee The big story, of course, is the missing airliner in the South China Sea. There are a few other stories orbiting the missing airliner story, but none of them take up as much airtime as the Malaysian airliner disappearance,
The media keeps repeating news when nothing new has been added to the story. Anyone who’s watched CNN or other news channels knows breaking news can go on all day. Breaking news is by definition immediate news, adding additional information to an existing story or alerting us to new developments in other, less important stories. Breaking news can be anything from a burning condo somewhere in the middle of nowhere, or new developments in a murder trial. Breaking news can be a two car accident in Orlando, Florida where one of the vehicles drove head first into a swamp.
Ever since the Malaysian airliner went off the radar, the diplomatic standoff and tense situation in Ukraine and more specifically, Crimea, have vanished as if they never existed. We’re all supposed to be glued to any news regarding the missing aircraft while forgetting this forthcoming Sunday is the day the people in Crimea, most of them Russians, will vote on a referendum to separate Crimea from Ukraine and line up with Moscow. How many of you know about the current fiddling around by Russian armed forces on the borders of Ukraine and Russia? How many of you know that Ukrainian troops in Crimea are boarded up inside a barracks because they don’t want to turn their military compound into an occupied Russian stronghold?
While speculation counts as breaking news whether it’s from Interpol or photos of the two Iranian men who boarded the plane with stolen passports, the pressing problems in the Ukraine are relegated to the bottom of the pile as if all that tension never existed. I’ve even heard the media ask this idiotic question: How can a plane that large disappear into the sea?
Forget the fact it’s happened countless times throughout modern day aviation, these news reporters pretend as if this is the first time a huge passenger jet has gone into the drink.
Today’s relentless reporting of news offering nothing more than the same repetitive stuff they televised fifteen minutes earlier takes a toll on our emotions. We’re jacked up to be in a constant state of anxious dithering, diverting our attention from our jobs, taking care of the kids, or other necessary responsibilities. The missing airliner story even has its own ominous introductory music. “Crowd sourcing" is the new word for those searching the seas for flight 370. But don’t worry, even if these situations, the vote in Crimea or the discovery of the missing plane, are resolved the media will find some other story destined to make us all even more neurotic.