Fox Complains About Too Much CNN Coverage Of Missing Malaysian Airplane

Howard Kurtz made some legitimate points about the excessive media coverage of the missing Malaysian airplane mystery. But given that he speaks from the network that relentlessly covered the phony birther “issue,” that parked itself in front of a hospice, and even coached nurses, to promote cover the right-to-die case of Terri Schiavo, that spent weeks hyping bogus allegations of racial impropriety against Attorney General Eric Holder – well, it’s hard to take Kurtz’ criticism too seriously.

It just so happens that CNN is enjoying a surge in the ratings and has been beating Fox News among younger viewers with the missing airplane story. And while I agree that the nearly non-stop coverage – consisting mostly of speculation - is too much, I also can’t help but feel that Fox’s bellyaching is more than a little disingenuously self-interested.

Kurtz' regular guest on his MediaBuzz show, Lauren Ashburn, complained:

We’re missing all other stories, like the CIA spying scandal. Ukraine has been knocked off the front page.

…This is overkill… It is too much. This country has too many different problems to dominate the news by this craziness.

And yet Fox News contributor Ashburn works at the network that interrupted coverage of President Obama’s 2013 speech about jobs and the economy – for an interview with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to complain about the White House's behavior in the partisan Benghazi investigation. It’s also the same network that regularly covers Ukraine by speculating – some might say “cheerleading” – about Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s low opinion of our President Obama. Or the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case by smearing African Americans.

In short, I can’t help but feel that if Fox News felt there was any ideological hay to be made out of the missing Malaysian plane, they’d be on it 24/7.

So until they can figure out a way to blame President Obama for the missing airplane, here’s a suggestion for Fox on how they can get the ratings and the ideology play from the story: Just name the plane “Natalee Holloway.”

By the way, I don’t think Ashburn earned herself any props from her bosses with this quote: “But if I want to know about news, I do turn to CNN because it is 24/7.”

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commented 2014-03-17 14:07:03 -0400 · Flag
I hate FOX. I hate it so much that I have blocked it from my TIVO channel list, but they are right. My husband now calls CNN the 777 Channel. We don’t even turn it on any more. We have AP on our iPads and use that for news. I am sick of the 777 “Breaking News” stories that are nothing but a new opinion on what happened. I don’t want to hear another thing about this plane until they find it and find out what happened to it. Then, give me details and move on. I hate it that the media grabs on to things and shakes them like a dog shakes a toy, until their nothing left.
commented 2014-03-17 10:34:52 -0400 · Flag
There seems to be a lack of creativity at Fux Noise. By now some producer or intern should have been able to tie the Malaysian 370 loss to our President. Jabba the Ailes should turn to the audience for help via a contest. Complete the following sentence in 25 words or less: The loss of Malaysian 370 is the fault of Obama because….
Entrants will be evaluated on creativity and conciseness. Extra points will be awarded for the mention of Benghazi, IRS or Obamacare.
commented 2014-03-17 02:45:02 -0400 · Flag
Too much coverage? Commie Con Hannocchio didn’t get the memo, via email from the Fox “News” suits. Or perhaps the complaint is geared toward certain hosts at Fox “News.”

It’s a known fact that on-air mouthpieces are not on friendly terms with a couple of their co-workers.

The backstabbing, jealousy, and disagreements have plagued this “news” organization for years.

What goes on behind-the-scenes is far more interesting than in front of the camera.
commented 2014-03-17 00:40:51 -0400 · Flag
“In short, I can’t help but feel that if Fox News felt there was any ideological hay to be made out of the missing Malaysian plane, they’d be on it 24/7.”

I think that fixed it for you.
commented 2014-03-16 20:05:32 -0400 · Flag
I’m waiting for fox news to tell it’s viewers the Malaysian Airplane disappearance is Obama’s fault to distract us from Benghazi.
commented 2014-03-16 19:17:09 -0400 · Flag
Fox is just perturbed that anything interrupts their bogus obamascare tsunami.
commented 2014-03-16 18:48:59 -0400 · Flag
Fox should send their ‘crack’ investigator Jesse Watters to Malaysia to find out the TRUTH.
(just as soon as they get his nose out of O’Reilly’s crack!)
commented 2014-03-16 18:46:36 -0400 · Flag
Fox Complains About Too Much CNN Coverage Of Missing Malaysian Airplane

Tired of CNN getting the ratings, Fox?

Here’s a solution: do some actual investigating YOURSELF — and by “actual investigating”, I DON’T mean more of Rupy’s tweets (

Yeah, Fox do actual investigating — crazy idea, I know . . .

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Or why Fox should just change the name of the plane to "Natalee Holloway"