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CNN Poll: Do You Think Malaysian Air 370 Was Abducted By Aliens?

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Just in case you thought CNN had given up on its obsessive coverage of missing Malyasian Air Flight 370, take a look at a question they actually included in a poll:

After two months of breathless speculation on the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN offered some polling data that might show just how much its hyped coverage resonated with the public.

The poll released Wednesday found that 51 percent of Americans believe the plane is “in the Indian Ocean in the general area where the search is now taking place,” while 46 percent believe it is “located somewhere else far from the area where the search is taking place.”

CNN has gotten a bit carried away with the “somewhere else.” Host Don Lemon hyped pretty much every conspiracy theory associated with Flight 370, and even suggested that the jet’s disappearance was a “supernatural” event.

“People are saying to me, why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding?” Lemon posited on-air in March.

CNN’s pollsters put it out there, too. According to the survey, nine percent of Americans believe it was likely that “[s]pace aliens, time travelers or beings from another dimension” played a part in the plane’s disappearance.

To be honest, you could probably find 9% of Americans to answer yes to almost any question, and I have no doubt that some of the people who answered yes here probably did so to mess with the pollster, I know I would. The real issue, though, is why CNN though it was a good idea to (1) poll people who have no idea of the actual facts of the disappearance for their theories on what happened and (2) to ask them such an exceedingly silly question.

My theory  is that the polling unit at CNN has a new director:

Aliens

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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    The collective IQ of the United States continues to decline. As for CNN, stupid worked really well for FOX news.

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  2. Franklin says:

    9% may not seem like much, but it’s got to be a lot bigger than CNN’s viewing audience. Right?

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  3. gVOR08 says:

    As dumb as CNN’s 24/7 reporting of nothing new on MH370 is, I see they’re killing Morning Joe in the ratings with it.

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  4. Anderson says:

    I like it. Rather than simply ask “are you an idiot?” CNN found a way to obtain the same result.

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  5. Tillman says:

    The plane crashed in the ocean. The ocean is big. Like, REALLY big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the pharmacy, but that’s just peanuts to the ocean.

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  6. gVOR08 says:

    @Tillman: And it’s full of junk, virtually all of which did not come from an airplane.

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  7. rudderpedals says:

    Happy thought: These folks are America’s “swing voters”

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  8. al-Ameda says:

    The poll released Wednesday found that 51 percent of Americans believe the plane is “in the Indian Ocean in the general area where the search is now taking place,” while 46 percent believe it is “located somewhere else far from the area where the search is taking place.”

    Why do I have the uneasy feeling that Michele Bachmann knows exactly where the plane is.

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  9. Tyrell says:

    There are areas of the various oceans where there are verifiable abnormal magnetic fields, weather anomalies, and other unexplained forces. There are was a squadron of 6 Navy planes that disappeared near Florida. These forces have been responsible for the disappearance of countless planes and ships without a trace. I don’t know why people want to discount that possibility.

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  10. grumpy realist says:

    @Tyrell: I suggest you read Martin Gardner’s “Fads and Fallacies”–particularly the debunking of the Bermuda Triangle thingie. ( Half of the supposed disappearances credited to the Bermuda Triangle occurred outside the Triangle, by the way.)

    What’s your evidence for the “abnormal magnetic fields” and “weather anomalies”?

    I bet you actually believe that the U.S. Government is concealing dead aliens in Area 51!

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  11. al-Ameda says:

    @grumpy realist:

    I bet you actually believe that the U.S. Government is concealing dead aliens in Area 51!

    I don’t believe it, I’m counting on it.

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  12. rudderpedals says:

    @Console if here would point out the hundreds of flights successfully completed every day through the perilous triangle, arrrr

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  13. Tyrell says:

    See information about the infamous Hangar 18 – so secretive a US senator was not allowed in to look around. There are credible reports from pilots and boaters concerning instruments suddenly going haywire, mysterious clouds, and strange fogs. All of this has perfectly sound scientific explanations, it is that we have not discovered it yet. For accounts of how the government can behave in these kind of situations, see information about the famous Kecksberg, PA landing of an unknown craft. People were pushed around, held in custody with no warrants or explanation, cameras and films were seized, threats were made, property was taken over, and many other illegal, questionable acts by unidentified people in secret uniforms. Some sort of craft was covered and hauled away on a military truck. It was not a meteorite. That much we do know. Why does the government not want people to know information? When something like this happens the last people you would call in would be the federal government.

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  14. Guarneri says:

    Dude, the crash is like, two months ago………

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  15. Franklin says:

    @Tyrell:

    Hangar 18 – so secretive a US senator was not allowed in to look around

    Ooh! Which senator? A young Barack Obama? Dan Quayle? Ted Kennedy? You’ve piqued my interest.

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  16. Neil Hudelson says:

    @Tyrell:

    See information about the infamous Hangar 18 – so secretive a US senator was not allowed in to look around.

    Amazing for something so secretive that you would know about it.

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  17. Tyrell says:

    @Franklin: I think it was Senator Goldwater, but General LeMay said “H_ _ _ no!” and would not let him step foot in there.
    Source – Discover Channel documentary that ran a few years ago about the “Hangar 18″ activities and projects.

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  18. Grumpy Realist says:

    My god… And I thought I was joking!

    ( he probably believes in chelation, Laetrile, and that the Moon landings were faked. Also that Barak Obama was really from Kenya and was the love-child of Malcolm X and Doris Day.)

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  19. grumpy realist says:

    @Tyrell: I suggest you read some of the analyses of such conspiracies by people who know what they’re really doing. Not people out to write and sell books about conspiracies.

    Go read Martin Gardner. He’ll set you straight.

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  20. @grumpy realist:

    What’s your evidence for the “abnormal magnetic fields” and “weather anomalies”?

    Actually, there is a big anomaly in the earth’s magnetic field called the South Atlantic Anomaly which is an issue for satellites and the space program, but it is:
    1. 200km above the surface and thus would not affect airplanes
    2. Is nowhere near where flight MH370 was anyways

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