Friday, August 31, 2001

I heard something very disturbing this morning. As I lay awake listening to the news on the clock radio, a story was aired about Robert Piche, an Air Transat pilot that recently piloted a crippled airplane safely to the ground and was hailed as a hero shortly afterwards. The news story I heard was not news, it was a character slam. Some researcher brought to light that the pilot had been convicted of a criminal offence (drug trafficing) in 1983. I was appalled that this was brought to light, considering that this man had served his time, and had gone on to be a productive member of society.

Why was this newsworthy? Absolutely no good came from me finding out about this. My day wasn't any better. The people from Flight TS236 are alive because of his actions, regardless of what debts he has paid back in the past. We all have skeletons in our closet. This wasn't even a skeleton - it was the ghost of a skeleton. How far would someone have to dig into your past to find yours?

It's not news, it's gossip. Shame on you, media folks.


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