Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Plane untruths

It looks like they may have found the wreckage of the Adam Air plane that disappeared last week, which would give the poor families of the victims some overdue clarity. First the government mistakenly reported that the crash site, and some survivors, had been found, which was an appalling blunder. And since then, the tabloids have been running wild with the speculations of psychics and analysts.

It's not clear how the opinions of the newspaper psychics jibe with those of the ones actually hired by the government.

Here, last Thursday's Pos Kota (City Post) features a psychic front and center with Mama Lauren: Adam Air in Lake Tempe (a lake in South Sulawesi). Upper left: Adam Air thought to have been sabotaged -- Plane exploded in air. Then a little editorializing in the blue headline: Minister of Transportation knows no shame - must resign to pay for his sins (i.e. the latest series of transportation disasters). None of which quite manages to displace the story on the upper right about a celebrity marrying a member of parliament.

Even the more sober coverage is sometimes odd. Metro TV, the big news station, has been running the song Leavin' on a Jet Plane under lists of victims' names, which is a tad disconcerting.


m said...

"Metro TV, the big news station, has been running the song Leavin' on a Jet Plane under lists of victims' names..."


are they owned by Fox TV??
(whose working motto seems to be: the more inappropriate and tasteless, the better).

but what I really want to know more about are these government psychics. are they on staff, or just called upon during crises?

kopisusu2 said...

No, although we get Fox, too -- lucky us. I think the use of the song doesn't strike people here as being odd; when it came on the TVs at the Post, all the foreigners started laughing, but nobody else did.

As for the psychics, I think they are hired on a contract basis. There's definitely more of that sort of thing out in the open here; like the rumors that the government hired mystics to make it rain on the day of a big protest (and it did rain, too, right on schedule). Also I recall the Vice President sponsoring a Javanese puppet show to change the country's luck, maybe after the earthquake in May. Nancy Reagan and her astrologer would have fit right in.t