Flight 370, CNN, and My Limits of Endurance

Mar 22, 2014

I’m in the habit of tuning in to CNN fairly regularly for a few minutes just to see what’s going on in the world, especially since CNN is on the satellite radio that’s in my car. But within a few days after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared, I got tired of CNN newscasters breathlessly announcing, “And this just in: Flight 370 is still missing!!!!”

So I eased up on checking in with CNN for my news, and I’m down to once or twice a day. And yet, even though it’s now two weeks since MH370’s disappearance, in the last few days not once has CNN’s subject been anything but MH370. What are the odds of that, if CNN is actually covering other stories as well? Is CNN cutting way back on its coverage of everything else? Are they trying to save money?

Come on, CNN. Yes, the disappearance of MH370 is a tragedy and a sensational mystery, but life goes on.

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