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MARCH 19, 2014 IN DEFENSE OF ENDLESS FLIGHT 370 COVERAGE POSTED BY AMY DAVIDSON The defining image of the search

for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, on its twelft h day, was not of the empty ocean but of a crowded room in Kuala Lumpur, from wh ich a middle-aged woman was pulled, screaming. She was looking for her son, who was on the plane. His name was Li Le, and he was thirty-six years old. His mothe r and other relatives had made their way into the official Malaysian press brief ing, carrying banners that asked reporters for help. They just keep brushing us o ff, telling us to keep waiting and waiting for information, she said of the Malay sians, according to a translation by CNN. Her voice turned into a punctuated wai l: My dear I don t know where my dear is twelve days! My son! Where is my son? Why don t yo u give me an answer? My son. She was still standing, despite her grief, until some men working security took her arms and dragged her out, almost horizontal. She might have slipped out of v iew, if not for the reporters pressed around her, many of them Chinese, who illu minated her face with camera lights. According to the BBC, correspondents faced a wall of police when trying to speak to relatives after the news conference. Afte rward, the Malaysians said that they wished that it hadn t played out quite that w ay. It didn t look so good. For some people, there has been quite enough coverage of Flight 370 too much. For others, there hasn t been nearly enough. There is a good argument that a little mo re coverage of, say, Ukraine would be in order at the moment, or of Syria, or of the Central African Republic, though it is a bit wishful to imagine that, but f or Flight 370, those matters would have the world s full attention. And among thos e who would wish for fewer bright lights in hotel lobbies in Kuala Lumpur seem t o be Malaysian government officials. This is a drama of transparency, as well as one of disaster. The Malaysian authorities, after almost two weeks of unconcerned contradiction, seem to be wilting a little, and asking for more of the help that they so clearl y need. The Australians were asked to take the lead in searching large reaches o f the Indian Ocean. They say that they ve now targeted a particular six hundred th ousand square kilometers; that s what passes for narrowing down in this story. [Up date: On Thursday, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that a satelli te had spotted objects possibly related to the search, although he cautioned that it might be nothing. Planes and ships from four countries are now looking for th em in waters a thousand five hundred miles southwest of Perth.] On Wednesday, Ma laysia asked the F.B.I. if it could recover deleted files from a flight simulato r taken from the pilot s house. The F.B.I. seems to think that it can, although, b efore anyone could get too excited, we were helpfully presented with experts saying that a good number of pilots had simulators like that, and that it wasn t so unusu al to clear out files. We keep talking about the pilots because some human being does seem to have repr ogrammed the plane s navigation system so that it changed course. And we keep talk ing about this story, generally, because we can t quite make what we know about th e plane s journey fit our models of how human beings pilots, passengers, political t errorists, criminal hijackers operate. (Upending those models can be quite a good thing.) And we are a little startled to learn that aviation experts can t make sen se of it from their end, either. It is easy to get the feeling that they are, to uchingly, asking for our theories and assistance. We would be glad to be called to the cockpit, to help fly this plane. That is all fascinating and compelling engagement has its own value although, as far as those aspects are concerned, we are curious observers. We might find the sol

33 comments 20 people listening Newest | Oldest spritrigMar 24. 2014 The military without insignia benefits the most from flight 370 diverting attent ion away from the occupation of Crimea. and enraging. Chris Christie . The soldiers occupying Crimea aren't russian. in a world of crises. can reshuffle all sorts of expe ctations.. I am for an unlimited extension of f light 370 coverage by Davidson. But we re not done looking at it yet. tomorrow morning. might p ush Flight 370 aside. There should be northern and southern se arch areas. as Jiayang Fan points out in a post on the reaction to the plane s loss on Weibo." Search for "Kazakhstan 370". Li Le s mother s pain cannot define the limits of our attention. she does not It s true that Davidson posts on MH370 is not completely harmless. She can t write a nything without dissing someone. she is not as alone as she must now feel. Still. The Inmarsat data shows equal probabili ty of northward and southward courses. or point to the runway we think it was aiming for.. and the press. But nothing i s perfect and. or makes a middle-aged woman scream at a room full of strangers why should one ever look away? Tragedy. she will do with MH370 the smallest of all bigger harms. The reason is that while she writes on MH370. she does not judge Pistorius ahead of the judges . waiting for rescue. or the deep part of th e ocean it ended up in. sh e does not tell malarkeys on Ukraine. seriously. "Kazakhstan said on Monday it had not detected any "unsanctioned use" of its air space by any planes on March 8. we can t change its fate." "We are awaiting permission for Kazakhstan to be used as a staging point. you ar . 2014 @Tocqueville Can't you see how pathologically weird it is to say the same things over and over again about one writer at the NYer online? And. she does not give the ultimate kick of the mule to Gov. because it is bound less.ution. should work. or Lybia. Another. or Syria. FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 22. other things being equal. And you can see that MH370 is a great opportuni ty do diss the Malaysians. in which the two hundred and thirtynine people onboard are all now tied up at a remote jungle airstrip. it is still our useful mystery. barring the sort of scenario one really only find s in The Adventures of Tintin (see Flight 714 ). Kazakhstan has not given permission to be used as a search staging point. FlagShareLikeReply Kenji1Mar 23. But we also have ideas about how government officials and transportation executi ves. she does no t slander the Clintons . who never were on her diss list before. 2014 Contrary to some comments herewith written. she does no t mock Judge Scalia . And when the reality is at odds with that when it is jarring. There are many tragedies that we are called to look at. or Egypt .

FlagShareLikeReply amacd2Mar 22. 2014 @Kenji1 @Tocqueville You've completely discredited yourself as "sherif" of this blog. and readers. 2014 The vaunted NYT (along with the New Yorker) seem to be falling behind in coverag e of this all important story. Why don't you just start your own blog? No one's going to hand you this one. Russia.in a concerted effort to get all Americans to focus on this distraction and a void thinking at all about the probable coming WWIII between the Disguised Globa l Empire (calling itself the US) and the Empire's current target. It is e vident from anything you write that you also belong to your (self defined) 28 % category. she must be in bad shape. and your ambitio n to police them without having the brains to do that elegantly is a pity.1 % most stupid quantile. 2014 @Kenji1 Your systematic pollution of the comment strings is a disgrace. no matt er how loudly you squeal. one could be more precise in your special case : you lie in t he 0.e the last person who should be criticizing a writer for "dissing someone". rush to the nearest ICU. FlagShare1LikeReply Kenji1Mar 23. 2014 @Kenji1 ? PS : in case you ve blown a fuse. . MSNBC and FOX News have already announced 24x7 coverage of only this one story -. 2014 @Tocqueville @Kenji1 Your "free comments" are costly to others. What you must think is a mission from God is in fact driven by your recognition of Da vidson s fervent support to the 9 % category (your defintion) you belong to. FlagShare1LikeReply Kenji1Mar 23. If you're the only one Davidson counts on to discourage free comments. FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 23. 2014 @Tocqueville What is there about "restraining order" you don't understand? FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 23. In fact. have to say. FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 23. who are actually interested in what the actual writers.

proving that some of the people in what passes for our country are not yet as stupid and anesthetized as the EMPIRE hopes.quite YET! Liberty.all of course followed by the important news of what Michele Obama is wearing in China. or. Alan MacDonald Sanford. or an MIC problem. or a gun/fear problem. 2014 J. said it all below. relate d.C. Thus.BTW. Land. or an 'Auste rity' problem. or . Maine We don't merely have a "Big Money"/Citizens United problem.. democracy. and equality Over Violent ('Vichy' disguised) Empire. WOW. No further comment on that. justice.plus wall to wall really looney coverage on F OX. Rev. NBC. or a Wall Street 'looting' probl em. or an EXPANDING WARS problem. or a crappy un-healthy insurance problem. and mere 'symptom problems'. FlagShareLikeReply hectorlMar 22. Red Stars. The latest news on this strange collaboration of lobbying efforts is that they are yet to understand why such a commonality of interests could possibly exist. or. become an "aviation expert consultant" on MSNBC? Just this morning as I turned on the TV. Hagar. On another issue about the missing jet 'story' FOX's and MSNBC's crack investiga tive reporters are trying to figure out why there is apparent collaboration betw een the seemingly different interests of Exxon and those network 'aviation exper ts'. . or a 'drone assassinations' problem . I guess that pretty much covers all the news that 's worth covering today on the telescreens from Big Brother's disguised Empire. or the world's l argest political prisoner problem.but what we REALLY have is a hidden VEMPIRE cancerous tumor of GLOBAL EMPIRE which is the prime CAUSE of all these underlying. CBS. how the hell did that old fundamentalist religious nut. I was greeted with full-time coverage o f this insanely prolonged and faux-heart wrenching story of MH370 on all three v acuous networks.. nor fun ny looking Nazi helmets ---. Best luck and love to the fast expanding 'Occupy the Empire' educational and non -violent revolutionary movement against this deceitful and Disguised Global EMPI RE. which can't so easily be identified as wearing Red Coats. in their combined efforts to have coverage of this story and continuing lon g distance 'search flights' continuing forever. and puppies dy ing in a fire in Maine. and ABC. ad nauseam --. MSNBC and a host of even more stupid TV stations ---. The only encouraging thing I noticed this week about the 'lost airplane' story i s that the first two callers on C-Span's "Washington Journal" bravely and intell igently mentioned that the over-coverage of this useless shit is just acting as a way of distracting the public from the far more important reporting of what th e hell Obama and his faux leadership is doing to gin-up WWIII for the Global Emp ire that they represent. or a Global Warming and environmental death-spiral problem. or a domestic tyrann y and NSA SPYING problem. or a vast income & wealth inequality problem.

Borowitz has it right in targeting CNN! Oh.>> One of the hallmarks of regimes. and. one of the hallmarks of Islamic regimes everywhere. wait.instead of constant tweets and 7x24 coverage. Certainly you can see the appeal of such stories to the media. did I miss Wolf Blitzer reporting that it could have been an alien abducti on? FlagShare3LikeReply supersouperMar 21. we did learn about our president's "brackets". By the way. FlagShareLikeReply Kenji1Mar 21. How account for James Clapper or Sir Ro bert 'economical with the truth' Armstrong. the average person with out a personal stake in the events. we certainly can make what we know about MH370 fit our model of how journalists operate: like locusts and maggots. period. 2014 I read through the article and never found the defense of endless coverage that the heading promised. This story is representative of a great many stories in t he news -. or the parallel universe of Vladimir Putin or the black hole that is North Korea with this generalisation? You and I may live in bits of the world that stick a little higher out of the swamp but i t's only a matter of degree. 2014 @jmr << That said. "lack of transparency" is a politically correct euphemism for mendaci ty. and in the next line was a family member excoriating an of ficial: "If you have no information.In the meantime. oh. Putin tool over the Crimea and still threa tens eastern Ukraine. and of his dispu te with Ellen about selfies. then what are you doing here?" It's a nowin situation. 2014 In an early story about MH370 was the complaint of the families about officials' not talking to them. That said. then? . "lack of transparency" is a politically correct euphemism for mendacity. even though the endless coverage is titillating and prom otes a sense of involvement. 2014 @jmr Is that your final journal entry. one of the hallmarks of Islamic regimes everywhere. FlagShare2LikeReply jmrMar 21. would be better served by just getting a wee kly summary and update. Fixating on Islam will give you a squint. It becomes a rel atively easy way to fill the gaping 7x24 news hole and it doesn't require any kn owledge or any real analysis to just keep repeating what the latest anonymous ex perts and authorities are saying. FlagShare2LikeReply LaocoonMar 21.

Who among us c ould withstand such intense scrutiny? Were I an editor or producer. 2014 @jmr: I am no supporter of 'Islamic regimes' . your commen tary provides a necessary rationale to defend news coverage. b) drama. 2014 @Tocqueville @Kenji1 It's "a good advice"? Thank a you! FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 21. eco nomics is at play here. One i ndicent. or from nearby continents. My problem with all ongoing news coverage is its repetitiveness. 2014 As a former journo I know too well how all this works. It is disproportionate . at all costs -. 2014 @Kenji1 It's a good advice. However. to swarm. Ms.Islamic and other. 2014 @Keith15 It is newsworthy when there is additional information. FlagShare2LikeReply Keith15Mar 20. twenty-four hour coverage for a couple of weeks. c) conflict. and the source of which could be vetted to determine expertise. 2014 239 souls missing and presumed dead. and etc? GSC FlagShareLikeReply JCLandMar 20. 2014 @Kenji1 You're so cute ! FlagShareLikeReply gschandyMar 26. Hundreds of journos have been flown across the Pacific.FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 21. its willingness to give credenc e to any sort of speculation and its propensity for tainting the reputations of people based on the merest shred of possibly suspicious behavior. Davidson. and even the apologists know that. You'll like Goofy. much of th e coverage is motivated by editors and producers looking for: a) "easy" news to fill air time.but I do believe that "mendacity " is a characteristic of practically ALL regimes . 2014 @Kenji1 (or 15) : why don't you post your comments on the Mickey Mouse web site ? FlagShare1LikeReply Kenji1Mar 21. web space and news holes. Do you have some ? All I see is news coverage on the fact that there is no new information. Did you not witness the mendacity of the Obama regime while it was responding to the Snowden disclosures about its eavesdropping on citizens. FlagShare2LikeReply . Remember. I would say no more stories until something really new could be reporte d. friends. 2014 @Tocqueville @Kenji1 Really? That's the best you can do? FlagShareLikeReply TocquevilleMar 21. and I was an editor. and that's not newsworthy? FlagShare1LikeReply ThomasHMar 21. That expense must be covered.human and ethical. FlagShareLikeReply Kenji1Mar 21.

2014 @fa477279 You are projecting your own values onto someone else. these are not really Chinese values alone. to see how it's done. Its all a sho w. secure retirement spent living in their kids h ouses living off their money. 2014 @fa477279 Let me guess. and the ideal of fili ality or respect towards the older generation (and gratitude in general towards a ncestors).Keith15Mar 21... even if the son would nev er be able to financially support her. these represent fundamental human values. I find it somewhat compelling even if oth er people don't. To the Chinese. And yes I feel bad for them and it's a pity this happened. FlagShare3LikeReply i37261Mar 21. It's the years they sacrificed for their kids in re turn for the promise of a stable. It isn't so much the abject sadness that creates these emotions. FlagShareLikeReply Kenji1Mar 20. The poster who is appalled by those darn Chinese eld ers is in his/her 20s. FlagShare7LikeReply Citizen54Mar 20. and it is also true that Chinese children are expected to care for their elderly. the numerous nations joining together in a common goal. grandkids. What makes you think you understand the Chinese culture so well? While it is true that most Chinese parents invest a lot in their kids. 2014 @ThomasH @Keith15 The very expensive search that's taking place is interesting. 2014 All the coverage has helped HOW? You are just a bunch of peeping toms. grandp arents are/were reliant on their offspring to provide them a place to live. hoping to make a buck off someone else's e motions. many people though are fascinated by the story even if you're n ot. FlagShare1LikeReply ThomasHMar 20. There's this uniquely chinese aspec t to grieving and mourning for lost kids. your gleeful heartlessness or your abilit y to string together so many gross (not to mention unprovable) cultural assumpti ons. 2014 @fa477279 I don't know what's worse. That is ultimately why you see such sad mothers an d grandmothers grieving for their future free pass into old age. It is the Confucian concept of kindness or res ponsbility for the young (and future posterity in general). ETC. the hardware used. Women cry and scream and break down uncontrollably in public. Would you not? . etc.. And you know why? Because large percentages of these fathers. trade her entire life savings and then some just to have her son back. and comfortable lifestyle until they die.. FlagShareLikeReply fa477279Mar 20. without the slightest hesitation. By the way. the mother who lost her son i n the Malaysian flight would. the fin ancial consideration is absolutely not the foundation of the deep emotional conn ection between the two generations. More likely in this case (almost without a doubt). mothers. 2014 I can't stand when the Chinese act this way. But this Chinese phenomenon has run its cou rse. where it's done. food .

2014 @fa477279: I have met quite a few truly disgusting human beings . should work. OK Let's leave it at that.and surely yo u're up there with the 'best' of them! GSC FlagShareLikeReply ohmicron2Mar 20. 2014 Come on. FlagShare1LikeReply AdamChineseSymbolMar 20. Tintin's "Flight 714"? Really? Weh. I have some intere st in (what I regard as) genuine news reports about the search for the plane. and the press. and he was thirty-six years old. but pronouncing this woman' s son dead is NOT nice. "We also have ideas about how government officials and transp ortation executives. I don't have enough time left in my life to justify paying attention to any of the rest. ..." Assumed dead? I don't thi nk anyone should draw any conclusion. FlagShareLikeReply reubenthomasMar 20. And when the reality is at odds with that why should one ever look away?" On the contrary: Why look to begin with ? I've considered the question and have an answer for myself.FlagShareLikeReply gschandyMar 26. 2014 Amy Davidson says.. Amy.. 2014 "His name was Li Le. Call me naive...