Networks Air Ridiculous Animations of Pilot Knocking

By Mark Joyella 

There are elements to major news stories that can be helped by the production of enlightening graphics and animations, and there are things even people too young to tie their own shoes don’t need any visual aids to understand. Like, say, a man knocks on a door. Got it. Continue.

But as New York‘s Jaime Fuller notes, reports the pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the Alps was locked out of the cockpit resulted in some of the least helpful pre-pro ever: “(the)¬†plane-ABCmystery experts at CNN and the Today¬†show both thought it necessary to show their viewers what a co-pilot knocking on a cockpit door might look like.”

Deadspin posted the CNN animation without text and a simple, one-word headline: “Why?”