There is a big reason for the ongoing dumbing down of America outside of willful ignorance, mental sloth and schools that serve as government indoctrination factories. That reason is the sensationalist bent of state-corporate media organizations that rather than provide real coverage of events relevant to the lives of Americans and cutting edge investigative journalism now wallow in sleaze and sensationalism. As the near saturation coverage of the latest airline disaster – this time in the French Alps – shows, the media as an institution has failed America. By continuing to manufacture bite sized McNews mcnuggets to be spoonfed to electronically lobotomized lemmings the one profession that is enshrined by the First Amendment continues to be an eager and willing accomplice in the decline of America.
Last spring it was easy to refer to CNN, the self-proclaimed most trusted name in American news as “the missing airplane network” for it’s ludicrous 24/7 coverage of the doomed Malaysia Air Flight MH-370 that to this day remains a mystery. The network trotted out legions of “experts” to speculate on even the most wacky of conspiracy theories and the electronic ambulance chasers exploited the grief of the families of the passengers for ratings points. Then there was the other Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 that met with tragedy when it was routed over a combat zone in Ukraine and possibly downed by an errant missile. Both dominated CNN’s coverage. Now there is another crazed rush to draw eyes to the tube and drive up web clicks over the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.
CNN of course is leading the rush to exploit the latest foreign plane wreck with the story “Germanwings crash: Plane obliterated, 150 presumed dead”:
“A picture of horror.”
That’s how German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.
“The grief of the families and loved ones is immeasurable,” Steinmeier said, after flying over the area in the Alps in southeastern France. “We must stand with them. We are all united in great grief.”
Flight 9525 took off just after 10 a.m. Tuesday from Barcelona, Spain, for Dusseldorf, Germany, with 144 passengers — among them two babies — and six crew members. It went down at 10:53 a.m. (5:53 a.m. ET) in a remote area near Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute Provence region.
All aboard are presumed dead.
Helicopter crews found the airliner in pieces, none of them bigger than a small car, and human remains strewn for several hundred meters, according to Gilbert Sauvan, a high-level official in the Alpes de Haute Provence region who is being briefed on the operation.
Authorities were not able to retrieve any bodies Tuesday, with the frozen ground complicating the effort. Wednesday may not be much easier, with snow in the forecast.
The adverse weather that will complicate the efforts to pick up the pieces of human corpses is a boon for the network and adds another layer of drama to the breathless hype to come. Hey, I would get the blanket coverage if the plane went down in the Rocky Mountains, the Poconos or the Catskills or in a cornfield in Nebraska but how is this crash in a foreign country in any way important to the issues that affect Americans?
As the classic media maxim so aptly puts it “if it bleeds, it leads” and you can count on CNN leading the pack of vultures looking to feast on the carcasses of the dead.