Thursday, January 15, 2009
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.