Here's the thing about "the media", print, TV
etc. that I have never been able to figure out; with them, it's all about "beating the other guy"; that's understandable, as far as it goes, but it doesn't "go" very far; I don't give a rat's you know what who got it out "first", but I do want a story that sounds like it was written by someone who is already out of grade school; I've been about truck wrecks, car wrecks, plane wrecks, and here lately, a couple of pretty costly ship wrecks; every one of which had all the "facts" mangled, were obviously written by a person of very limited (read:none) knowledge of the transportation mode they are trying to write about; granted, I realize, very few "reporters" can be expected to know all of this. But do they every attempt to find "someone" with said knowledge and expertise ? Not that I can tell !
Hey, if I was a newbie reporter in Atlanta, and the boss told me to beat it out to Hartsville Airport and "cover" a plane mishap..............the very FIRST thing I'd do, would be to get on my laptop and Google up Airliners.net; 15 minutes after which, I'd be in a position to do a credible story, which most people would believe; at the very least, they wouldn't be reading such obvious mis-statements as "Boeing 737 laying on it's side after going off runway, taxiway, highway, what ever, as was so obviously caught ( and commented quite correctly by a good old fellow A.netter !
Do I think all of this is going to "change" any time soon ? Do I think anyone is apt to win the same lottery 3 times in a row? I suppose it's theoretically "possible", but highly unlikely.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein