When the missing Malaysia plane story was still hot, Jon Stewart thought CNN had realized they needed to fill 24 hours of airtime and seized the opportunity to say “F*ck it, let’s go nuts.” But now that the network is in its third week of wall-to-wall coverage, Stewart wonders if there’s anywhere CNN hasn’t looked for the vanished jetliner.
On Tuesday alone, CNN anchors calculated that it would take almost 3,000 years to find the plane if search teams scoured every ocean on the planet before turning their attention to analyzing literal garbage.
“One place that they haven’t looked for the plane, as far as I can see, is up their own a**holes,” Stewart said.
Even when there’s a new disaster that briefly distracts the network from its missing plane coverage, like last week’s earthquake in California, Stewart noticed CNN still works itself into a tizzy of speculation.
“CNN actually seems to be bored with the idea of reporting real things that have happened,” he said. “They’ve decided they no longer want to be pigeonholed in the nonfiction section.”
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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.