Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1623 times:
This is something that is extremely frustrating to me. I am by no means dismissing the seriousness of these events. Not in the least. However, the media blows these events so out of proportion that the public doesn't see the real story. It's absolute sensationalism. There are several emergency landings in this country every day. Or as they should be called, precautionary landings. But we don't hear about those for one of two reasons. 1 -the media somehow never got wind of it, or, 2 - nobody died. It's a morbid thing to say but it's true. The media focuses on the potential "terrifing events", and "the publics right to know". Why don't they focus on why airplanes DON'T crash? Educate them on back up systems and crew experience. Just because you are flying on an aircraft with a mechnical problem doesn't mean you are given an automatic death sentence. Emphasize that, yes, there are many emergency landings. But they end safely because of all the safety features. Do something constructive with information.
Yes, when they happen, crashes are tragic. But the media is hypnotized with the tragedy and the number of people killed. Is it any less tragic when one or two people are killed an a car crash? In some years, more poeple die in automobile accidents in one year, than U.S. soldiers died during the entire Vietnam campaign. You don't hear about those people very often, do you?
CleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1587 times:
I remember reading a story, can't recall where, but this photographer would arrive at the scene of a plane crash with a doll, find a young child, and place the doll near or on the child and take a picture. This guy had to be sick.
Transactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1564 times:
I don't mean to add to the morbidity, but the fact is, those kind of stories ARE more interesting.
Anybody ever read that Stephen King editorial on our desire for horror movies? To deny that humans have a natural curiosity for such things is naive. How many thousands of people slow down to get a better view of a car crash? Are you implying all these people are sickos?
I'm not saying this is a human characteristic to be *PROUD* of, but every single person has a certain morbid curiosity in them, and these kinds of stories satisfy it.
(I do still agree though that the media does tend to blow things out of proportion.)
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1548 times:
The media coverage can also vary depending upon what city and what airline.
I live in Atlanta and anytime an AirTran flight make an emergency landing it gets covered heavily (all because they used to be Valujet). But if Delta has one, it gets buried (could it be that Delta has the local media in their backpocket?), in fact the owners of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are on the board at Delta. Delta may get 15-30 sec., while AirTran may get 45-90 sec of coverage. The best was back in November when AirTran and Delta had fires on their planes two days apart, and both airlines dominated the front pages of the page that Saturday. I was flying that day, and they handed out the daily paper in Business Class, and articles on these two incidences dominated the paper (I hope there wasn't any fearful flier in B.C. that day). There is definately media bias when it comes to airline flight emergencies. One day the media may make a certain airline their darling, then they have a crash, and get vilified in the press. Sound familiar anyone? This is what happened to Valujet. They have been AirTran for nearly four years, and every chance the media gets, they refer to them as the airline formerly known as Valujet. If this had happened at one of the majors, the fallout would have ended within 6 months to a year.