When CNN is being criticized by former CNN stalwart Larry King, you know something is dreadfully wrong. King took exception to CNN's nearly wall-to-wall coverage of the missing Malaysian airlines 777.
Appearing on Tuesday's NBC Today, former CNN talk show host Larry King ridiculed his former employer when asked if he would ever return to the cable channel: "The tough time I would have at CNN now, I think, would be doing this airplane story. Because I think I'd crack up laughing. I think I would have – you know, how many times can you cover a plane? Six weeks and all we know is it made a left turn."Co-host Willie Geist asked: "So you wouldn't do that story?" King replied: "Well, what if they forced me to? I would probably not want to do it. I think it would get embarrassing after a while."
Even the president joked at the White House Correspondents Dinner about having to travel to Malaysia recently just to get coverage from CNN.
Why is CNN so obsessed with the story? CNN, under new stewardship, is trying to go in a different direction lately to try to save their flagging ratings. But I suspect that the reason lies elsewhere.
With the Benghazi scandal re-shaping into an issue the reluctant mainstream media has been forced to take note of now, and with the IRS scandal doing the same, CNN appears to be trying to distract viewers from real issues with a real life version of a serial TV show like Lost. When it comes to coverage of that plane being so omnipresent however, if Larry King is embarrassed by it, you know it has gotten to the point of absurdity.