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Old 07-12-2013, 02:39 AM #17
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Default Re: Asiana pilot says he was blinded by light prior to crash

When I heard on the news that he saw a light i was thinking damn another idiot with a WL. lol


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When I reported the story this morning, it was one of the top news stories. Just typing "Asiana" and "laser" into Google News, it seems that it made front-page headlines in a number of major newspapers.

The story as initially reported was that the pilot reported seeing a bright light 30 seconds before landing. At a press conference the head of the NTSB was asked by a reporter if it could have been a laser. The answer she initially gave was something to the effect that they had no evidence that it was.

From there, the news media ran with story, doing articles and video segments about lasers and airplanes.

Even though they weren't claiming that the plane was brought down by a laser, they were certainly dramatizing the possibility.

That was why I started this thread: to alert readers to the media frenzy.

The initial title of this thread was my attempt to illustrate the media's overdramatiztion. When people complained, I changed it.

Besides complaints about the title (which was only up for an hour or so) I am seeing some mean-spirited remarks. For example, I'm new here, so I'm only allowed to put in one link. Since I claimed that this story is all over the news, a single link would not have sufficed. Furthermore, common sense tells you that you don't need to provide a reference to something if it's common knowledge. Even though it may not have been common knowledge to people just waking up when I posted it, it was a top news story on Google News.

Some the hostility that should have been directed at the news media was instead directed at me. For example, the use of the word "alleged" as if there could be any doubt that this is what the media has been reporting. Also, arguments directed against the credibility of the idea that a laser was involved would be perfectly valid if the poster would not conflate it with criticism of my mentioning the story in the first place.

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Lasers a growing concern for aircraft pilots
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i think it was just the wording that made people uneasy, like if you quoted a news report , automatic guns to blame for yet another mass shooting, 4 dead, 30 wounded" on a gun forum people may get mad, rather post media jumps on gun band wagon on tragic shooting incident" since you were pointing out the media in this
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OK, thanks.
no problem i have learned that how you explain it is just as important as what you say,

for example people are often worried about how strong my lasers are and are dangerous, then i say, do you own a gun, (usually if i can guess that it will probably be yes) have you shot anyone with it? no? because you know how to handle it and use it in the right way.
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Don't take it to hard Zyxwv LPF has gotten a lot of negative press in the recent past and there are guests who visit who may not understand your intentions. Appreciate you bringing attention to this. I didn't hear about it personally so it's good to be aware. As I live near by just wanna say "It wasn't me!"



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