With little information to go on regarding the still missing Malaysian airliner, CNN host Candy Crowley invited Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein to State of the Union and conducted an interview that somehow led to even less information.
CNN has been shamed because of its over-coverage of the Malaysian plane -- which is still missing 23 days later -- at points speculating the plane has been lost in a black hole and using psychic investigators. Credibility is at an all-time low at the network and this mind-numbing interview involving the host of a major news outlet and a high-ranking member of our nation's government only adds to their credibility deficit.
This is CNN:
Crowley: Earlier on 'State of the Union,' I spoke with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein about the vagueness of satellite imagery that had been produced so far and whether the U.S. might have better leads.
[Cut to earlier taped segment]
Feinstein: Well, I think it depends on the satellite and the resolution that's provided by the satellite and how sophisticated the satellite is. I'm not going to go into what we have or what we don't have, but I think what I just said suffices.
Crowley: Can we assume that the U.S. does know more, or can see more, than we're seeing as relates to this plane?
Feinstein: Not necessarily -- I would answer that that way. I don't know whether more sophisticated satellites could be turned on to this area. I just don't know.
Crowley: Or turned over time, because it has been three weeks whether they could do that.
Feinstein: I don't know.
Crowley: Yeah, and so what I'm gathering from that is that you have not seen anything -- and I asked this of the White House National Security Council -- and you know, you have not seen anything that is more definitive than the sorts of things that we're seeing in public.
Feinstein: No, have not.
Crowley: Have not...and have no more broader information of what happened to this plane or what might have happened?
Feinstein: No, and you have to understand that American intelligence doesn't gear itself to be ready for plane crashes -- that's not its job. Our job is terrorism and missile defense and that kind of thing.
Remember, Dianne Feinstein is speaking on behalf of American intelligence.