Sure, the likelihood of finding survivors at this point is really slim, but there was probably a more empathetic way to go about talking to the surviving families.
March 24, 2014

The wall-to-wall coverage of the Malaysian Airlines MH370, especially on CNN, with a conspicuous absence of news was beyond infuriating. I kept wondering how the surviving families must have felt with the relentless theorizing and whacked out conspiracies.

Sadly, this morning, there was some actual news given to the families. Logic dictates that the possibility that there are any survivors at this point is ridiculously slim. But even acknowledging those sad odds, the news should have been given to the families in a far more sensitive way:

It appears Malaysia Airlines informed families of the passengers via text message. Adrienne Mong, of NBC News in London, tweeted a reported screenshot of the text message sent to the Chinese families, shown below:

The text msg Malaysia Airlines sent to inform Chinese #MH370 families about flight's fate ending in S Indian Ocean pic.twitter.com/Ys3azWL7WB

— Adrienne Mong (@adriennemong) March 24, 2014

NBC News, not to be outdone by CNN's ineffectual coverage, opted to cover the cries and wails of the family at the news

Such is the state of American news. Either endless non-news or ambulance chasing close ups of grief and pain.

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