Thursday, March 20, 2014

CNN Anchor Don Lemon: Advances 'Black Hole' Theory Of Lost Maylasian Plane

BLACK HOLE Military Surplus
Here I use the word "theory" in the casual sense, meaning "crack-brained notion that no sane person would consider for even two seconds." But Catherine Thompson of TPM reports Lemon's conjecture, which he himself admits is "preposterous," as... well, as preposterous:

[Lemon] read out tweets that compared the mystery to "Lost" and "The Twilight Zone" before asking Mary Schiavo, a former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general, to weigh in on the black hole theory.

"That's what people are saying," Lemon said. "I know it's preposterous — but is it preposterous you think, Mary?"

"Well, it is. A small black hole would suck in our entire universe so we know it's not that," Schiavo said. "The Bermuda Triangle is often weather. And 'Lost' is a TV show. So I think -- I always like things for which there's data history, crunch the numbers. So for me those aren't there."

"But I think it's wonderful that the whole world is trying to help with their theories and I absolutely love their theories," she added.

Australian officials said early Thursday that two large objects which may be debris from the plane were spotted a four-hour flight away from that country's southwestern coast, so perhaps Lemon and his panelists will have some more concrete evidence to pore over on Thursday night's show.

(More likely, they will pour concrete over any actual evidence...)

Both the appropriately-named Lemon and Ms. Schiavo are more evidence, if we need more, that journalists should refrain from speculation about scientific matters. I am soooo glad I don't watch much TV "news" ...

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