Jon Stewart was on a break last week, which meant The Daily Show missed all of the cable news hullabaloo surrounding the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But don't worry, because Stewart spent last night's episode ripping CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC for their "coverage" of the missing plane. And boy, was it a mess.
First there was CNN, which after spending sixty seconds reporting the whole of the story – MH370 was missing – realized it had some 23 hours and 59 minutes of airtime left to fill, and simply said "Fuck it, let's go nuts."
Stewart listed off everything from CNN's "bag of tricks" during its bogus coverage: "Giant floor maps! Big fake airplanes! Little fake airplanes! Holographic airplanes!"
And then there was Don Lemon. Poor Don Lemon, who asked, without a seeming trace of irony, if it was so "preposterous" to suggest that a tiny black hole sucked in the missing plane. (Spoiler: yes, it is preposterous). One CNN anchor even recommended the use of psychics to find the plane. Seriously. The only supernatural occurrence going on, as Stewart said, was CNN's "Bermuda triangle of logic."
Of course, CNN's coverage itself became a story, as other networks (*cough* Fox news *cough*) decided to mock the network. And then CNN, which again had all those hours to fill with something, covered Fox's coverage of their coverage, creating what Stewart calls a "NEWS LOOP!"
MSNBC, not wanting to miss out on all the action, proudly had some of its hosts (Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow) clearly denounce the nonsense its competitors were engaging in. Only not everyone on the network got the memo, apparently, because good ol' Ed Schulz went off on a rant about a "high tech hijacking" in the jungle.
In short, cable news was in fine form last week.
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