PARIS (Agencies) – An Air France plane with 228 passengers on board has gone missing, and the families of the passengers, in response to this sad news, can only hope that their loved ones find a fate similar to the passengers on the plane of the U.S. TV series “The Lost”, who survived and were stranded on an unknown island, where they struggled to stay alive.
It's ridiculous (and offensive) that the headline has already declared "French plane crashes with 228 aboard" without that actually being confirmed anywhere else in the news world, but then to talk about fucking Lost in the lead paragraph? Now That's Infotainment.
E! online also knows how to look on the bright side:
Like you, Hollywood is holding its breath waiting for news of the missing Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.The National in Abu Dhabi, UAE is now reporting "'No hope' for lost airline passengers" in their headline. The "No hope" quote is actually pulled from No Where. Unless you count their own paraphrasing: "The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and French aviation sources conceded that there was no hope of finding survivors." Quoting yourself has got to be a party foul in international journalism, no?
Some, like Stephanie Pratt, are terrorism theorists: "I really dont think its the result of a lightning strike...Why is my gut thinking it was a terrorist act," she says.
Most, however, are saddened or just plain scared.
Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 says basically the same thing. "Just read the news. Terrible. My thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in the Air France flight loss."
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Just so it doesn't look like I'm only picking on Middle Easterners and Americans, the UK's Times Online also claims "No hope for 228 passengers..." in their headline. They soften their outlook in the first sentence of the article though: "There is virtually no hope for the 228 people on board a packed Air France jet which went missing over the Atlantic Ocean today, the worst disaster in the airline's history." The article was written by two French correspondents. Maybe those were the "French aviation sources" that The National was citing?
Ok, I think I finally found the source of "No hope." The Telegraph in the UK had the headline "Air France plane lost: officials say 'no hope' of finding airliner." Reported by two correspondents in Sao Paolo, Brazil, their lead is "Officials said they had 'no hope' for Air France Flight 447 which dropped off the radar three hours and less than 200 miles into a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris." I am still not satisfied with this "No hope" claim. In subsequent paragraphs, the article quotes "Air France," "sources," and "authorities," but I'm still not seeing a sentence anywhere that has the phrase "No hope" attributed to a human being nor is it linked to a longer sentence. Unless there was a press conference and someone asked "What have you got?" and the spokeperson said "No hope" then I think this reporting is no bueno.