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Mainstream Media FAIL with Overhyped Coverage of Control Tower Kids

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(I could only imagine what might come next: "Reached at their new secure locations at Guantanamo, the kids said they originally intended to take down the US financial system, but a passel of pin-striped jihadists on Wall Street beat them to it!")

One passenger called the incidents "inexcusable." But how would passengers even know this happened? The media told them, of course, and asked for their reactions.

MSNBC asked passengers, "How would you feel if you were aboard one of the planes that was directed by a child at JFK airport on Feb. 17?" The planes were "directed by a child?" Please. The kid spoke five routine instructions into a microphone after his father told him what to say. That's hardly "directing air traffic."

Yet in a country where some people seem always ready to be either enraged or terrified, sure enough: 27% said they would be "enraged" while 9% said they would be "terrified." A more level-headed majority, 62%, said, "Meh. Nothing happened and he was being supervised." Good for the majority.

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