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First, The Loadstar would like to send its sympathies to everyone affected by yesterday’s tragic Germanwings crash: relatives of the passengers and crew, as well as staff at Lufthansa and its partners. Yesterday, like everyone else, we watched the latest news for insights into why it might have happened. And, of course, there was none. Instead, as well noted in this comment piece by ATW, there were “shameful” headlines and “coverage” by the media – which was really nothing of the sort, merely baseless speculation. While the appetite for news in these situations is understandable, there is no reason to make it up; to the detriment not only of those affected, but the airline industry as a whole.

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  • Andy Lyall

    March 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Hear hear! The media’s 24-hour, rolling-news
    approach to this kind of tragic incident does
    little to inform and adds nothing. Idle
    speculation serves only to scare and worry people.
    Goodness only knows what it must do for the
    families and friends of the bereaved.
    How about some sober, respectful news reporting
    for a change?

  • Derek Jones

    March 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    We have too many TV channels, and too many “news” programmes. They therefore feel compelled to compete fro audience, and to fill any vacant news time with whatever they can muster. The end result is an endless stream of “experts” spouting ill-informed theories, and endless looping of the same tired images. Whatever happened to reporting the facts, when they are known? It makes all of us in the media ashamed to be part of this industry, which seems to have lost its moral compass and any vestige of respect and decency. Shame on you Sky News, BBC et al.