Earlier this week, CNN host Don Lemon wondered if there is a “supernatural” explanation for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance. “People are saying to me, why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding?” he said. Unfortunately for everyone, Lemon decided to examine some specific “odd” theories on the air on Wednesday night.
“What if it was something fully that we don’t really understand? A lot of people have been asking about that, about black holes and on, and on, and on, and all of these conspiracy theories,” he explained, before displaying tweets from his most useless viewers: “What else you can think? Black hole? Bermuda triangle?” read one. Another said, “Huh, just like the movie Lost.” Huh, indeed.
Without even bothering to point out that Lost was a television show (or, of course, that whatever happened to Flight 370 wasn’t intended as kitschy entertainment), Lemon informed his guests that some Twitter user had also referenced The Twilight Zone, “which is a very similar plot.” “That’s what people are saying,” he continued. “I know it’s preposterous — but is it preposterous, you think, Mary?”
Thankfully, former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general Mary Schiavo politely shut Lemon and his Twitter followers down. “Well, it is. A small black hole would suck in our entire universe so we know it’s not that. The Bermuda Triangle is often weather. And Lost is a TV show. So I think — I always like things for which there’s data history, crunch the numbers. So for me those aren’t there,” she said. But, she added, “I think it’s wonderful that the whole world is trying to help with their theories.” After all, someone has to come up with stuff for CNN to broadcast.