NY Times Cranks Down On Taquan Air Crashes

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NY Times Cranks Down On Taquan Air Crashes

Opinion Editorial written by Jason J. Baker – NYTimes travel reporter/ writer Tariro Mzezewa recently got her fingers on a exciting assignment. How about boosting the career by writing about Taquan Air’s recent midair collision and crashes in Alaska. Rushing to find “Experts” to make corny statements, Mrs. Mzezewa arrived at the conclusion that nobody with an ounce of expertise was really surprised about the tragic events.

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Overrated journalistic banalities like research and fact proofing are a rare sight these days and it comes as no surprise that the piece reeks of a mission that goes beyond what the NYT claims to represent. Balanced journalism looks quite a bit different, some say. I am obviously not remotely qualified to evaluate the work, since I am not one of the publications valued subscribers or writer-lings. Won’t be anytime soon, that’s for sure…

A Lawyer Calls For More Regulations

“It is really disconcerting to learn about all the prior accidents with these planes,” said Jack Hickey, a maritime lawyer. “There are a lot of these accidents involving private aviation and after National Transportation Security Board completes its investigation, there should be more talk about more regulation.”

A round of applause for Mr. Hickey, who has it all figured out. Midair collisions between airplanes and aviation accidents should be banned and prohibited, we agree. While at it, please make sure collisions between motor vehicles get regulated away. Lets make cancer and heart attacks illegal, too. In fact, we’d like to see more stringent rules on everything. How about having to permission to die in any accident prior to having it? Then just deny the permit and if the offender dies anyways – lets sue them and anyone within reach in a court of law. Splendid idea!

The Correlation/ Causation Dilemma

We teach 5 year old boys that its not OK to slap little Joe for standing in the general direction of where the snowball came from. Yes, the snowball hit back of the skull, but the person throwing it was not necessarily the one closest and not necessarily the one right behind.

Remotely connecting the risk of midair collisions to the level of certificate held by the accident pilot is equally dumb, as resolving for X by assuming that grey haired pilots with lots of experience are better pilots than 32 year old female pilots. It takes no rocket scientist and no aviation expert to arrive at the assumption that Mrs. Mzezewa may have occupied one of the rear seats in Ethics in Journalism class.

Supportive Community And People

Those who follow Taquan Air on Facebook saw hundreds of comments in response to both tragic accidents with support hailing in from all parts of planet earth. Seaplane industry representatives stayed rather silent, probably flinching in knowing that no operator of a commercial or private seaplane ever hopes to catch the nightly news by having deadly accidents. In a perfect world, we would not see accidents at all, not because things would be safer – but because wannabe investigative journalists would have succeeded in creating the image of an industry in dire need of being regulated away. If factual information is to be the basis of our news-world, we ought to apply higher standards to those who function as its journalists.