It’s NOT pilot bashing, it’s pointing the truth of the their backgrounds. Do you think 153 hours is adequate flight time to pilot an airliner?
How do you expect a pilot to start flying an airliner? 5000 hours coded in his/her genes? All pilots start with zero hours. It is pilot bashing.
In addition those bemoaning the lack of flying hours also seem to support the notion that no additional hands on training (sim or otherwise) is required to fly the Max.
How are pilots supposed to get these hundreds of hours of experience?
This has always been the lament of the new pilot. I know things are different in other parts of the world, but in North America, those that want it bad enough, find a way.
When I was starting out, we became flight instructors, charter or freight pilots, towed banners, or did tours. I even know one guy who flew cadavers for a funeral home. We all learned the hard lessons in airplanes that were much smaller, slower and lighter than an airliner. We scared only ourselves when we made bad decisions.
Before I ever sat in the first officers seat of an "airliner", a 36 seat turboprop, with no autopilot or pressurization, that would only go 180 knots, I had 2,000 hours.
I spent several more years hand flying those airplanes, in hard winter weather, before I was ever given the keys to a regional jet. And I had well over 10,000 hours before I got to fly a DC-9.
Recently I flew with a first officer who was brand new to my airline, and the 737. He has over 9,000 hours, most of that in a Dash 8. Our combined flight time was over 30,000 hours.
I still learn something, every flight I fly.