QT continued digest of the early cable TV news coverage of the Malaysian Airlines crash (for your convenience)

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A Thursday afternoon interview on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” as cable TV news continued to grab wildly for anything to fill air time, including interviews with people who said they were eyewitnesses, but, c’mon, who has time to check:
MSNBC: Let’s turn now to an MSNBC exclusive. U.S. Staff Sgt. —- —- is at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and says that he saw a missile in the air hit the plane. He is on the phone with us. Sergeant, are you there?
Eyewitness: Yes, I’m here. Can you hear me?
MSNBC: I can. Please tell us what you saw there on the ground in Ukraine.
Eyewitness: Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky, and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass.
MSNBC: So it would appear that the plane was shot down. Can you tell us anything more from your military training about what sort of missile system that may have been coming from?
Eyewitness: Boy, you’re a dumbass, aren’t you.
MSNBC: I’m sorry, sir? All right. We’re going to take a quick break and be back with all the latest.
A few minutes later:
MSNBC: If you were listening prior to the break, we thought we had an eyewitness on the scene. That individual was obviously not actually an eyewitness.
Wait a minute, MSNBC.
Are you sure you confirmed that?

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From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day in history 1,551 years ago a change of the calendar to help fix the date of Easter was introduced by Pope Hilarius, which reminds us that there have been 23 popes named John, 16 named Benedict, 13 named Leo, 12 named Pius and only one named Hilarius,

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Not to make any judgments. . . .


News Headline: “Rockets resume following Hamas rejection of cease-fire.”
R.B., an Omaha, Neb., reader, writes:
“Is this what you meant when you wrote about a culture going from different to worse?”
You are referring to QT’s noting that there are no “bad” cultures–only different ones.
And some go from different to worse.
And Hamas is about as different as it gets.

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Today’s briefing


White House press secretary Josh Earnest attempting to deflect criticism of  the current immigration turmoil:
“It’s a failure of both parties, Congresses of both parties, presidents of both parties. . . .”
Then again, what did you expect from–
No. Wait.
Those are the words of Patrick Buchanan.

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