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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  • timpundit

    I thought it was Rob Ford’s job to make Canadians look bad.

    • Dave McCormick

      Robbie only makes the ones who voted for him look bad. The rest of us have our own crosses to bear….

  • PubOption

    But I thought Canadian were supposed to wear check shirts, and hats with ear-flaps.

  • Mahousu

    “… At 6-foot-2 and ‘gargantuan,’ as he puts it, he hates to see himself on camera.”It’s true, the camera just hates tall people. That’s why all the designers use short models. BTW, I’m 6′ 2.5”, so does that make me Brobdingnagian?

  • MaxUdargo

    CNN, if you love Casado so much why don’t you marry him?(inside first-year Spanish joke)

  • peteywheats

    “a manchild too cool to put on a tie” Spoken like a woman who never has had, or ever will have, to wear a fucking tie.

    • Haribo Lector

      Ties are the best and men who eschew them are ruining it for the rest of us. It removes the need for sartorial effort. Want to look smart? Just put on a tie and suddenly you are. Why are you trying to take that away from us?

      • Jaime Oria

        Neckties are a sartorial snake-like symbol of evil, our collective unconscious recalling humanity’s antedeluvian enslavement by the Reptoids.

        • NDeeeZ

          Moreover, I’d say, they are literally and symbolically tying a noose around your neck…

      • peteywheats

        Conformity does not equal Smart

      • Charles Wolf

        Smart?Neckties look like a cancer hanging from the Adam’s Apple.

    • aw, kitten, i hate to break it to you, but ladies sometimes wear ties! i own a dozen bow ties and can tie them with my eyes closed, and i knew how to knot a regular necktie when i was 12. but thanks for playing!!

      • peteywheats

        OK, I made an assumption about you based on the freedom women have to not have to wear a fucking tie. To me, ties are a symbol of oppression and a useless decoration worn about the neck to make other people feel good about you. Originally created by the Roman Empire, they are a form of leash, and are inappropriate for free men. On this, Amidinajad and I agree.

      • Charles Wolf

        Thank you Ms Tucker Carlson for that sad sad image.

  • Haribo Lector

    Turning up late and not observing the company dress code seem like sensible reasons to fire someone. But “making Canadians look bad” is a stupid reason. Unless making Canadians look good is actually one of the duties specified in his job description. I guess I can’t say conclusively that it wasn’t.