There have been across the board complaints both from the left and the right on the ridiculous amount of coverage time CNN has given to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 tragedy. While there is no question the horrific story deserved covering and scrutiny, the complaints have centered around, among other things, the news network spending 24-7 pretending to have “BREAKING NEWS” when they really didn’t.
This poll, released by CNN, will certainly not help matters. Check out the headline:
Most Americans believe the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should continue, but roughly half the country thinks the arduous search is being conducted in the wrong place, according to a new national poll.
The CNN/ORC International poll comes nearly two months after the March 8 disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people. The Beijing-bound flight took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nearly eight in 10 respondents, or 79%, think there are no survivors.
After failing to find any wreckage or debris on the ocean surface, authorities last week announced the suspension of aerial searches to focus efforts instead on 60,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor, a process that could take six to eight months.
Slightly more than half of all Americans — or 52% — believe that the general public will eventually find out what occurred, but 46% say that the fate of the missing airliner will always remain a mystery.
Fewer Americans — about 42% — think hijackers may have been involved, while 9% believe that space aliens or beings from another dimension were involved.
Outside the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis comments:
To be honest, you could probably find 9% of Americans to answer yes to almost any question, and I have no doubt that some of the people who answered yes here probably did so to mess with the pollster, I know I would. The real issue, though, is why CNN though it was a good idea to (1) poll people who have no idea of the actual facts of the disappearance for their theories on what happened and (2) to ask them such an exceedingly silly question.
That goes double for the “Do you think there were any survivors?” question. Frankly, I find it extremely disrespectful and exploitative to their respective memory. Shame on CNN.
I wish I could say this came from The Onion. Sigh. *shakes head*