Sunday, March 23, 2014
Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can't............
Many relatives, close friends and trusted colleagues have asked me to weigh in on the Malaysia Airlines “circus”. I choose to call it a circus because that’s exactly what it is. It’s flamboyant, over-the-top and cheesy with the cast made up of some very talented, but often very bizarre performers doing and saying dumb and crazy things.
I don’t know what happened to the Boeing 777 and I am quite certain that no one else who is speaking publicly does either. The “Infotainment Industry” is going wild and getting all the attention they’re trying for. The coverage is sleazy and lucrative and let us not forget, like a circus, it’s a business. There are some very responsible, but mostly invisible, aviation writers out there who aren’t making wild and unsubstantiated speculations. They are studying, doing research and asking questions. They are trying to report responsibly and elevate the conversation. They know who they are (cn), but we don’t because they aren’t pontificating naive and ignorant theories.
I’ve heard these very unfortunate events, like the disappearance of MH370 where many lives are unaccounted for, referred to as “crack” for the media outlets. The longer it goes on the bigger their “high”. Unfortunately, for some media executives the 239 potential fatalities might just be seen as part of their business. Harsh, but that’s certainly what it looks like sometimes. Pretty soon everything is sacrificed for their “drug”. Our culture has deteriorated to the point where we are like the parents who were recently sued by their daughter. We have allowed things to get out of control little by little and then wonder how it ever got that way.
In the word’s of Harper Lee’s character, Mayella Ewell, “That’s all I’m gonna say and I ain’t gonna say no more.”