CNN’s Plane Coverage Claims First Victim

CNN's Plane Coverage Claims First Victim

Remember last month when all CNN did was show planes and more planes to keep your eyeballs glued to the screen over the missing Malaysian Air jet? As the saga dragged on, CNN logged ceaseless hours in a flight simulator with a pilot, but now that pilot has been fired for looking grubby and shaming Canadians.

Oh, also too he sorta stopped showing up to his regular job.

A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN’s coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and “shamed Canadians” by dressing like a teenager.

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

To be fair, the level at which this made Canadians look bad pales in comparison to the level at which CNN made American teevee news look bad. But we pretty much agree that if you are going to go on a plane 24/7 and be on the television, the least you could do is put on a goddamn dress shirt and maybe a pair of Dockers, the obligatory semi-dress-up uniform for men who do not actually ever dress up.

Because CNN has become so universally terrible and repetitive in its reporting, they even reported on the plaid shirts the guy wore.

The online movement prompted CNN to do a segment on the hashtag (talk about engagement!) which called Mitchell out for his plaid shirts. CNN reporter Jeanne Moos said that “even the serious subject matter hasn’t stopped a public fascination with the plaid shirts Mitchell Casado has been wearing.”

CNN then did a story on flight simulator dude himself, because flight simulator dude was a person who could talk about a plane, and therefore deserved a tongue-bath profile from CNN while appearing on CNN.

I found him incredibly shy and modest, even by Canadian standards. Casado never wanted to be on camera. In fact, he was horrified when we at CNN suggested it. At 6-foot-2 and “gargantuan,” as he puts it, he hates to see himself on camera. Yet in the cockpit he transforms, and it’s clear he has a gift that exceeds controlling a jumbo jet. His eyes light up, and his soft-spoken voice rises in level and confidence. You not only know he can fly, but he makes you want to fly, too.

CNN, that is terrible. American public, YOU are terrible for watching hour upon hour upon hour of a manchild too cool to put on a tie sitting in a flight simulator somewhere. Also, we are not sure that watching endless speculation about how a plane might have crashed into the ocean or exploded or gotten hijacked or raptured makes us want to fly, no matter how gifted your flight simulator guy is. But perhaps you should consider hiring him full time since he’s now out of work? CNN, it’s really the least you could do.

[The Wire/AP]

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