Don Lemon, Geraldo Rivera (CNN/Fox News)

Debunked! How the media got MH370 offensively wrong

From "black holes" to "secret passengers," here are the media's worst — officially disproved — conspiracy theories

Sarah Gray
March 24, 2014 9:24PM (UTC)

Though search teams have yet to find physical debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak announced today that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean. "Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," the prime minister said. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

Satellite images from China, France and Australia have shown objects in the southern Indian Ocean. Australian and Chinese planes have also sighted different spots of debris. Australian ship the HMAS Success is on its way over to the area of the Australian sighted objects.


For over two weeks now, cable hosts -- especially on CNN and Fox News -- have been speculating about what happened to the missing flight, and the 239 people on board. After all of the airtime given to nonsensical hypotheses, it seems that search teams are getting closer to an actual answer of where the missing plane is. Here's where the plane isn't: cable news hosts' ridiculous theories debunked.

Guess what, Don Lemon? It was not a black hole:


This announcement also quashes Fox News' theories that the plane is in Pakistan:

Geraldo Rivera was given far too much airtime to babble about his incorrect theory about stopping to pick up a "secret passenger":

Les Abend didn't believe the satellite images and thought we should have resumed search on land. Sorry, Les, looks like there may have been some credence to the images.


Nor does it look likely that the plane landed on a remote island:

Mika Brzezinski slams Joe Scarborough and other news stations for their Pakistan speculation:

"But that's actually capitalizing on a non-story for the sake of ratings because people's imaginations are pricked by this, and that's not responsible. We did the plane, we will do the plane, it will be done again. We will do the facts."

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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