737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 41 Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
As mentioned in many posts, the media often has a hard time getting their facts straight when reporting aviation stories. Many times, I have to shake my head and laugh when they write a story on my employer, Southwest Airlines, due to the inevitable errors passed on to the public as "fact". Yet, the most hilarious example I have ever seen was in a piece on general aviation contained in a Nebraska newspaper. Among the many mistakes, the author referred to a Piper Cub as a "traildigger"...lol.
Now for all you media supporters, don't think that I am trying to bash the media. There are those rare examples of knowledgeable correspondents, such as John Nance, but most reporters don't have a clue. For those that disagree with my opinion, I urge you to read the excellent book, Airframe, by Michael Crichton. I realize that it is a work of fiction, but I feel that it paints a fairly accurate picture of the mainstream media's desire to create a compelling story at the expense of the truth.
So what are some of your most memorable examples of inaccurate media reporting of aviation stories?
Luisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1144 times:
Of course Jhon nance is a good correspondant, not only is he a pilot but also in my oppinion the best aviation writer out there, If you havent read his books I recomend Pandoras Clock and Blackout (Althoug most wont agree I liked it even more than Pandoras Clock)
PS Does anyone know wich airline Nance Flies for and What Plane type?
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 41 Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1126 times:
I remember once when Flight International referred to the upper-left flap hinge bolt on the inboard flap on a British Caledonian DC-10 as being a type 34AJ/22 when EVERYBODY knows it was a 34AJ/23.
My, how I laughed.
HA HA HA HA, whew! *wipes tear from eye* Stop it, you're killing me!
Seriously, the errors I'm talking about are far less technical than that...
Regarding Mr. Nance, I know he flew for Braniff, but I don't know who he flies for now.
I've read Pandora's Clock, Final Approach and I am currently reading Splash of Colors, about the rise and fall of Braniff. I bought it off of Half.com and I must say it is very well researched and written, but then he was there when it happened.
OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5154 posts, RR: 25 Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
Well this wasn't the media but the error was still egregious so I feel compelled to share it with you all. About a year ago I was watching an aviation documentary on either Discovery or TLC (can't remember which one) that was full of errors. Worst of all was the assertion that Airbus designed the A330 as a direct competitor to Boeing's 737. No that's not a typo, they actually claimed that the A330 (they even showed one taking off as the narrator spoke so it wasn't a slip of the tongue by the narrator) was the direct competitor of the 737.
AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
You are right, I am positive John Nance flys for Alaska Airlines, but I am not about the B737, because I thought the MD80. He has it quite worked out, author, GMA Aviation consultant, Alsaksa pilot, and another thing for Alaska. I just remember on GMA (Good Mourning America) when the MD80 went down he was always on, and one time he was in a cockpit, to show what happened and he talked as if he flew the 80's series.
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 41 Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 987 times:
Bells, you are correct...to a point. In fact, I made a statement very similar to yours in the non-aviation forum. A thread was started concerning the 9/11 terrorists asking if anyone believed that they may have used this forum to gather information. I asserted that this forum would have been of little or no use to the terrorists, due to the large amounts of misinformation contained here.
That being said, there are those here who are quite knowledgable about aviation. In a sense, I am a representative of my employer here and, not wishing to put them in a negative light, would never offer false information.
I understand that the members of the media are human...they make mistakes. However, they are paid to get it right; not unlike a pilot or mechanic, who are paid to perform their job without errors.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 972 times:
Not to change the subject too much but has anyone ever seen that Snickers commercial where that Telemarketer guy calls that guy at 6 am, but the caller is in Cleveland and its 8 am. So the guy who gets woken up boards a plane for Cleveland and they show a DC-8 landing. I can't think of the last time a passenger DC-8 flew into Cleveland. The only logic I could make out of this since the guy woken up lives in Mountain time would be that he lives in Denver and this took place 15 years ago and he took a United DC-8 from DEN to CLE.