CNN Skewered on Twitter for Flight 370 Coverage

01names - Don Lemon talking with student press in advance of his presentation. He talked with the students about the industry. He said "I love what I do and don't worry about being perfect. I live on the edge and tell it like it is." He talked about how journalists should be on social media because it shows a human, personal side, gave advice to students who are pursuing a career in journalism, and talked about some of the stories he's covered. (Aja Neahring)
CNN anchor Don Lemon talked with student press before a journalism presentation.
Aja Neahring

CNN’s obsessive coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has attracted some backlash—and chuckles—from media critics, other journalists and, of course, their social media audience.

Take CNN Newsroom host Don Lemon, who took some Twitter heat this week for his use of a toy plane in his coverage and for raising the possibility that a “supernatural” explanation may exist for the plane’s disappearance.

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Lemon hit another home run Wednesday night, directed at former US Department of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo, who offered a perfectly bemused response (in video above) to Lemon’s latest and greatest question about whether a black hole may have swallowed the plane:

"I know it's preposterous," he said, before completely negating that statement by asking Schiavo, "is it preposterous, Mary?" Schiavo had an extremely delightful answer: "A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it's not that. A Bermuda Triangle is often weather, and 'Lost' is a TV show."

Others on Twitter have been much snarkier in in their commentary:

The network has received some high-profile criticism as well. NBC’s Chuck Tood took to Twitter this week to scold CNN for what he believed was an overuse of their “breaking news” banner.

"Another day of 'breaking news' based on finding nothing or in other words, 'not breaking news,'" Todd, who also hosts MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," wrote on Twitter on Friday morning.

"I know it may look like I am casting stones while potentially living in a glass house. But the mistakes of one news org hurts ALL of us," he wrote. "Then it becomes 'the media' is abusing 'breaking news' -- no it's not 'the media' in general."

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, who lost his ratings lead to CNN for the first time ever this week, also trashed the network, saying the speculative coverage was “corrupting the news business.”

All burns aside, CNN seems to have struck a chord with some audiences: the New York Times reports that CNN’s ratings have “surged” during its coverage of the missing airliner, with ratings climbing 100 percent in primetime.