CNN Anonymously Defends Missing Flight 370 Coverage

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CNN has provided wall-to-wall coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a strategy that’s attracted scrutiny from media critics but has also led to a ratings surge.

Network executives usually like to talk when ratings are up. And indeed, CNN executives both touted the network’s ongoing coverage and rebutted critics in interviews Monday with The New York Times. But they only did so anonymously, with one “senior CNN executive” offering several self-serving quotes without accountability.

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