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Why is the media so dead set on the terrorism angle for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

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Beltway Confidential,Opinion,Ashe Schow,Terrorism,Air Travel

Seriously, it’s getting ridiculous.

Despite investigators and experts declaring the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably not having anything to do with terrorism, the media can't stop speculating about the possibility.

There's been no sign of debris after four days, which kind of takes away the argument that the plane disintegrated in the air or was blown up. Even the stolen passport angle can be explained without terrorism:

Sources told Fox News it is not uncommon for Iranians to travel to and from Malaysia, or to buy one-way tickets through third parties. They said the fact that the man believed to have purchased the tickets on behalf of two Iranians traveling with stolen passports seemed to be seeking the cheapest fares within a range of dates does not jibe with typical terrorism plots. The sources familiar with Iranian travel patterns also said use of stolen passports is common for those involved in the drug trade, those wanting to study or work abroad and even Iranians who seek political, religious or social refuge.

But don’t let that get in the way of cable news networks and other media parroting the terrorism conspiracy theories.

Why?

Because terrorism is sexy, or something. Apparently, a plane vanishing into thin air isn’t interesting enough.

What gets me the most is that even the liberal media is fixated on the terrorism possibility, even though just a year and a half ago they dutifully reported President Obama's claim that al Qaeda was “decimated” and “on the run.” Why are they suddenly convinced that terrorism exists?

There is a chance that the flight could have disappeared due to terrorism. There's also a chance that it was hijacked, since it was last tracked hundreds of miles off course. Or the flight could have disappeared for a reason no one is even considering right now, like revenge.

Bottom line: This is a really fascinating mystery, but the media’s continued claims that terrorism is the culprit despite the lack of evidence are not helping.

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