On Friday’s airing of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the conservative radio host decided to voice his theory on what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The plane has been missing nearly a week now with no sign of any wreckage in that time. The plane lost contact with air traffic control roughly an hour after takeoff, midway between Kulala Lumpur and the coast of Vietnam. Tracking data, confirmed after the fact, revealed that over an hour after air traffic control contact, the plane was tracked hundreds of miles off course over the Strait of Malacca.
Anyway, networks and newspapers have thrown out many possible scenarios on what happened to the plane over the past few days. With each passing day, and no sign of the missing jet, more and more theories get bandied about. El Rushbo decided to toss his hat in the ring and postulate his own theory. Below is an excerpt from Friday’s show:
RUSH: Now, the Malaysian airline. I’ve got a theory. Let me try this theory on you. Of all the search teams, which do you think is the best, has the highest available tech? Well, you got a ChiCom search team; you got the Malaysian airline search team; you got a US search team. Which team do you think probably — (interruption) It is us. If you want to find out where the plane is, my theory is look at where the US is searching.
How about this? How about this theory? How about the jet is flying along and you have a total electronic failure but the engines keep working? We’ve been told that the engines, the airplane kept sending data somehow, pinging a satellite even after it was lost from radar. There have been so many confusing reports about whether or not the data that was pinging was coming from the engines or not. I mean, it’s just impossible to keep up with this.
But what happened if — and my guess is as good as any. You’ve got an airplane flying along, you have a total electronics failure, but it continues to be air-worthy, the engines are working. I don’t know if this is possible, given electronic ignition and all that, but let’s say it is. So then the crew says, “We got to get back home. We got to get back to Kuala Lumpur. We can’t fly with no electronics.”
It’s dark, nighttime. They fly over a bunch of unfriendly countries, and they can’t identify themselves, and they’re not identified, there are no lights on. There’s been a total electronic failure. What if some hostile country flew up there and shot it down and then discovered their mistake and nobody wants to admit what happened? Have you heard that theory from anybody? Okay. Is my theory as good as anybody else’s that you’re hearing out there? Yeah. I think my theory holds up, and it works well.
Now, I think everyone is used to Rush just spouting unverified craziness on a daily basis. In fact, it is pretty much a given. Still, this is pretty nuts, even for Rush. In order to believe this theory, you have to first check your brain at the door. First off, Rush admits to not knowing if the plane could fly if it completely lost electrical power. But, it doesn’t stop him from continuing on and dishing out more of the silliness.
After theorizing that the plane lost all electrical power yet was somehow still able to fly, and thereafter turned around and was trying to get back to the original airport, he then states that another country shot down the plane and is just keeping its mouth shut out of embarrassment. Wouldn’t a satellite or radar have detected a fighter jet or missile shooting down a large airliner? Also, wouldn’t there have been quite a bit of debris that could have been easily found if this would have occurred?
Does Rush have any idea which country may have done this? Considering the plane was last tracked between Malaysia and Indonesia, is he thinking one of those countries would have shot it down? Because, quite frankly, for his theory to fit, those are really the only two that would have done it. Are they considered ‘unfriendly’ countries? Do they have a habit of shooting planes out of the sky and then being quiet about it?
Rush is really just tossing crap at the wall just to do it. This whole little conspiracy theory sounds like something that would come from Alex Jones or Glenn Beck rather than Rush, to be honest. Maybe he’s trying to nudge in and grab a little of their audience. He probably needs to, considering he’s been hemorrhaging listeners recently.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).