Oh, Come on, You Call That a Crash

When I read the comments on most websites or blogs today it seems like “America the Beautiful” is becoming “America the Bilious.”

Take this story about a passenger who tapped out Twitter messages about his safe escape from the Continental flight that skidded off a Denver runway in flames on Saturday.

Among stock comments like “what a idiot,” and another that suggests that the guy probably caused the crash by using his cell phone, was this snarky contribution from an unsympathetic reader:

The plane ‘skidded off the runway’ and slumped into a ditch. NOT exactly a ‘PLANE CRASH’ as our survivor indicates. If the plane fell out of the sky and hit a nearby mountain AND he survived, THEN he’d have a story..! All and all, probably a good enough metaphor for the 2008!