Thursday, January 15, 2009

Plane Insulting


So, if you're watching any of the cable news channels you know that there's a US Airways jet down in the Hudson River, one the West Side of Manhattan. It's needless to say astonishing that, according to early reports, no one was killed in the crash landing -- especially considering that the water temperature has to be somewhere around 30 degrees.

But as I flipped over to catch a little of CNN's coverage, the first thing that came to mind -- from a news standpoint -- was how much the network must be missing the aviation expertise of Miles O'Brien, whom network president Jon Klein fired a couple of months ago. Miles had always been CNN's go-to guy during these kinds of news events; he knows planes inside and out.

Well, it was Jacki Schechner who directed me to Miles's Facebook page where -- in a show of audacity that's just fucking staggering -- there's a message from a CNN booker asking if Miles would be willing to do a live beeper (a telephone interview) with Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.


I guarantee Miles got a good chuckle out of it. I also guarantee that he has enough class that he'll likely simply ignore the request.

If it were me, I'd call Jon Klein personally, laugh in his ear, then hang up.

12 comments:

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Incredible response of the pilot. Eyewitnesses reported the "touchdown" was smooth and controlled. Amazing! I am so thankful that all appear to be saved. 20 degree air temperature and water temperature just above freezing.

Chez said...

Jayne and I fly out of Laguardia next week. I guess that statistically we now stand a better chance of being okay. At least that's what I'll tell myself.

Suzy said...

iI have a friend in the (NY) area who has a horse farm. she ALWAYS used to say, "i hate the winter here because of those fucking snow geese!" i thought that was such an unfair thing to say. poor little fellas, i thought. she said they ate up all the grass on the farm.

i guess now i can say, "fucking snow geese" along with her.

Anonymous said...

The bird thing is always a risk when flying, but usually the engine sustains them and the passengers don't even know it happened. It has always surprised me that animals are such quick learners, however birds have a way of finding themselves in plane engines and deer have a way of finding themselves in front of vehicles.

Suzy said...

you know, i was wondering how long it would take tv news to say bush's favorite word... the "T" word. ugh.

Sirius said...

Maybe Miles could do it by hologram.

It amazes me that someone could deadstick a passenger plane onto the Hudson and everybody walks away. I bet that pilot never has to pay for a beer in Charlotte.

Suzy said...

i wonder if sarah palin thinks the i-reporters posting pictures and calling in stories and accounts of what's happening out there are lying... fabricating the whole thing. i hope she's annoyed. douchebag.

Anonymous said...

Chez:

Miles wasn't 'laid-off'. When they call you in and say to your face (a lie but still) that you have a bad attitude and you are being let go, it's termed fired. Miles was fired and for them to now have the nerve to ask him to do an interview with them is disgusting beyond words.

Quite with the nice shit especially regarding CNN. It's all fucked up and you know it.

Chez said...

Technically, being let go -- not having your contract renewed -- along with a larger group of people is more like being laid off than being fired. But honestly, it's semantics. The fact is it shouldn't have happened. Miles shouldn't have been "let go" regardless.

Chez said...

But for the permanent record, I'm going to change it in the copy because in this case I'd rather come down far away from the side of caution.

kanye said...

Jayne and I fly out of Laguardia next week.

Off to see the changing of the guard?

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for PETA to go after the pilot for killing those geese.