Uncommon Sense

May 20, 2016

Plane Crashes, Speculation at 11!

An EgyptAir flight (MS804) disappeared from radar recently and has been presumed to have crashed. This announcement set off a flurry of speculation as to whether is was mechanical failure or terrorism or a communications failure or some other cause of the purported crash. This was before a crash had been confirmed! Not only were the typical news outlets speculating as to why the plane crashed but so were our political candidates. (Yo, candidates, let the others speculate. The odds they are wrong are very high and then you can nail them for irresponsibility. Trust me, it works. True leaders recommend calmness, not running around like chickens with their heads cut off.)

We have seemingly fallen into a speculative trap. The 24-hour news cycle leaves many hours of time needed to be filled on various news and discussion channels and web sites and therefore we fill them with … uniformed comment, most of which is pure speculation, based upon nothing but the speculator’s imagination.

In sports programming, every game seemingly has to be preceded by predictions on the parts of the sport’s talking heads as to who will win the contest. Some sports even keep score as to how good of a predictor each sportscaster is. Who cares? It does not affect how the game will come out once played and nobody remembers who predicted what afterward (unless they are reminded ad nauseum).

I have a novel idea … let’s wait until there is some real information. (I don’t want to use the word “facts” and put off the Republicans who believe they are a liberal conspiracy.)

Soon enough the air crash will be confirmed or not. Soon enough the debris will be examined and a cause found or not.

In our current passion for “Breaking News! *** Breaking News!” we end up with coverage that supplies 90% speculation 9% noise and 1% fact. Casual listeners will only recall the speculation. And there are already enough people believing lies (Obama was born in Kenya! Obama is a socialist! Atheists eat babies!), we don’t need more people believing uniformed speculations are facts.

Just wait, people. All things come to those who wait.

Addendum Yes, this is an aspect of Class Warfare. remember the Roman strategy of “bread and circuses?” This is the circuses.


  1. If that plane fell into Mediterranean, we may never locate the wreckage and may never know what happened – any real inquiry can only be done with the wreckage.
    As an example, we still don’t know for sure what happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared over a year ago.


    Comment by List of X — May 20, 2016 @ 8:46 am | Reply

    • Yes, and speculation as to the cause of the tradgedy … is that best done by experts or Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?

      On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 20, 2016 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  2. Plane crashes push CNN into the officially “unbearable” category.


    Comment by john zande — May 20, 2016 @ 9:07 am | Reply

    • Gosh, you mean it wasn’t before? I have stopped watching cable news channels because of the poor and distorted reportage. Even the N.Y. Times has sunk to new lows. If it weren’t for Reuters and the Guardian I wouldn’t know anything about current events.

      On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 20, 2016 @ 9:14 am | Reply

      • Thank Neptune I get BBC


        Comment by john zande — May 20, 2016 @ 10:45 am | Reply

        • The BBC is under attack, too. It is not being “profitable enough.” WTF?

          On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — May 20, 2016 @ 11:42 am | Reply

          • BBC, ABC, CBC, they’re always under attack.


            Comment by john zande — May 20, 2016 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

            • It must be the BC, the only thing they have in common.

              Okay, a joke: Question: What do Winnie the Pooh and Attila the Hun have in common? Answer: Same middle name.

              On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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              Comment by Steve Ruis — May 20, 2016 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

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