Missing Plane A Media Obsession

When Malaysian flight MH370 went missing, it was a phenomenon to people around the world and a media frenzy ensued.

The coverage of disasters is chaotic and depending on the event lasts a week or a month.  The coverage depends on the severity of the disaster and the length of the recovery or clean up.

There are more than 100 stories on CNN.com since the plane disappeared.

There is also daily coverage on television. The news about the flight was originally considered breaking news and that was the title on the lower third. This evolved into the “Mystery of Flight 370,” which was its own segment throughout the daily news cycle.

CNN has an entire webpage dedicated to the flight.

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The webpage on the flight has various links regarding anything about the flight that CNN has covered. The media obsession led to CNN allegedly attempting to buy a replica Boeing 777, in order to show the different features that could have caused the crash.

The flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 and there has been constant coverage on CNN. After a month, the coverage of the flight was not slowing down, at least on CNN.

CBS News produced an article, “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Why are Americans obsessed with it?”

The article quoted a member of the American Press Institute, “This story has many ingredients of compelling drama, particularly early on: lives at stake, mystery unsolved, a race against time, human emotion,” Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, said in an email.

Is it an American obsession or do the media have a market need to cover this tragedy?

A CNN executive expressed reasoning behind the immense coverage of the missing plane.

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The coverage of the flight is only sustained because no one has yet been able to find the plane, but the American public is not the audience obsessed with the crash.

How much longer can CNN cover the story? Are you enthralled with the coverage of the missing plane?

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