Maybe the only thing more perplexing than the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, is news networks’ coverage of it. And leave it to Jon Stewart and the ‘Daily Show’ to poke fun at the wall-to-wall insanity of a certain outlet (*cough* CNN *cough*).
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was carrying 239 people, was at first covered by news outlets with a somber seriousness. But as more time went by, and more questions were asked, one network in particular — CNN — realized that they had a ratings hit on their hands. And when they decided to capitalize by switching to wall-to-wall coverage, that’s when things got out of hand. We’ll let Jon Stewart and the Daily Show explain the rest to you.
Jon Stewart: CNN’s Coverage Of Malaysia Flight Goes Haywire
On the March 24 episode, Jon joked about how CNN decided to fill nearly 24 hours worth of broadcasting with only about a minute worth of solid information. “Oh s**t, we’ve got 23 hours and 59 minutes left to fill! F**k it, let’s go nuts,” Jon cracked. That choice led to some expert time-wasting, as the network used many different plane models — big fake airplanes, little fake airplanes, holographic airplanes — for some reason, and also cooked up some seriously crazy theories.
They may have peaked, Jon pointed out, when anchor Don Lemon asked an expert if it was possible the plane was sucked up by a black hole, or if it could have vanished in some sort of Lost situation. This is what happens when a news network doesn’t have answers, only big ratings (CNN’s literally doubled during its coverage of Flight 370).
But things really went overboard when other news outlets began covering how much CNN was covering Flight 370 (still with us?). Fox News began to lambast CNN’s coverage and what we were left with was something Jon Stewart deemed a “NEWS LOOP!”
For someone who’s been glued to CNN throughout the search for Flight 370, the Daily Show‘s assessment couldn’t be more spot on. But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Check out Jon’s segment below and let us know!
WATCH: The Curious Case Of Flight 370
— Andrew Gruttadaro