Watch Chris Hayes Go Full Edward R. Murrow On Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Coverage (Video)
We are a little in love with this Chris Hayes clip for his earnest pissed-offedness at what 24-hour cable news can do with a story when the demand for information far outstrips the supply of actual new information. With Flight 370, there’s only so many times you can say, “Nope, still don’t know anything new.” And so if you don’t report on anything else in the world, your network may very well end up with Don Lemon seriously asking if a black hole ate the airliner.
And also, good on Hayes for pointing out that while the Lemon party is incredibly dumb, it’s also fairly harmless, while agenda-driven speculation — it’s terrorism! Start strip-searching all Muslim passengers! — tips over into propaganda and paranoia. We like it when Chris Hayes gets passionate about the news business, and this is a heck of a good rant against using a real tragedy to flog paranoia about political boogeymen. He’s not quite Edward R. Murrow taking on McCarthyism, but he’s pretty good.
Hayes was feeling pretty feisty Thursday, so he followed up with another story along similar lines, about the harm done by health fraud quacks and especially by anti-vaccination “activists” — and here, he does take on McCarthyism, although it’s anti-vaxxer idiot Jenny McCarthy. Just don’t read the comments on the story — a whole bunch of complaints that Hayes is obviously against people thinking for themselves.