News candy for the ears
If television is chewing gun for the eyes, as an old saying goes, the Malaysia Airlines mystery plane has turned cable television news into candy for the ears.
The mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared with 239 people on board, far exceeds the facts available to explain it. That puts 24/7 cable TV news broadcasters in a bit of a pickle. The public is hungry for more news than news providers have available.