Newspapers drink stupid juice from the cup of Ryanair

6 September 2010

On Friday, we quoted from an interview with Sky Marshall Michael O'Leary of Ryanair, in which he suggested scrapping one of the two pilots on flights, and whether a stewardess could land a plane in an emergency.

We pointed out it was obviously bollocks of the highest order; clearly O'Leary says these things in the realisation that the media will now print anything, regardless of whether his ideas couldn't begin to happen because of aviation regulations.

But when you've got column inches and web pages to fill:

Bitterwallet - Mail Online logo Bitterwallet - Daily Mail + Ryanair = stupid

And it's wasn't just the Mail; you can always rely on the Telegraph to purloin, cut and paste or attach undue meaning to a wafer-thin statement. Although it was entirely evident from the context of the interview that O'Leary was throwing the idea around for attention, the Telegraph somehow misheard it as a demand:

Bitterwallet - Telegraph.co.uk logoBitterwallet - Telegraph + Ryanair = stupid

Ryanair get their free publicity, newspapers fill their pages, consumers believe newspapers publish news. Everyone's a winner. Apart from the consumers.

13 comments

  • coversnail
    Interesting that the Telegraph went for "Air Stewardesses" to land the plane. The Mail probably didn't think that women would be able to cope with a task so far removed from cooking and cleaning.
  • Gari
    Read Flat Earth News -a significant number of news stories are cut and pastes from press releases.........its nothing new
  • Gadget 4.
    Erm, wasn't this story also posted on here? Seems a bit silly to criticise others for publishing it, even if your story is "look how much of a publicity seeker he is" you are still giving him the same publicity they are.
  • Darren
    "Erm, wasn’t this story also posted on here? Seems a bit silly to criticise others for publishing it, even if your story is “look how much of a publicity seeker he is” you are still giving him the same publicity they are." Said by the person who only cares about advertising his Pyramid scheme! This site took the piss out of that story, the news papers took it seriously!
  • Nobby
    I reckon in his next announcement, he will suggest that planes get sun roofs. Or maybe windows that the customers can open for ventilation to reduce the costs of expensive air systems.
  • Noname
    "I reckon in his next announcement, he will suggest that planes get sun roofs. Or maybe windows that the customers can open for ventilation to reduce the costs of expensive air systems." the windows idea is obviously unworkable, but i rather like the idea of a sunroof!! imagine being in a plane where you can see upwards... the sky, the universe. sounds like a pro idea lol
  • Dane
    Yeah! Don't advertise your lousy pyramid scheme
  • Randy S.
    "But when you’ve got column inches and web pages to fill..." Bitterwallet criticising other websites for cutting and pasting articles...? This is the proverbial pot and kettle if ever I saw it.
  • PokeHerPete
    Me thinks that gadget4free.com should get the Dirty Gusset treatment.
  • John B.
    Leave Gadget4free.com alone - it is clearly troubled enough if it thinks that some pilfered so-called 'news' posted on Bitterwallet is going to receive similar levels of publicity to The Telegraph...
  • Dane B.
    I would like to ask whether Paul Smith be any smugger in this piece of crap article?
  • dunfyboy
    They've already saved money on the expensive air con systems Nobby. Now you can't smoke on planes they don't purify the air like they used to. You're stuck with the same germs/smells/farts that the flight started with. That's why Sars & bird flu spread so quickly, not to mention DVT. As for the story, of course they won't let waitresses land planes and of course o'leary's a tosser.
  • My T.
    [...] the subject of the press, The Daily Mail pulled another doozy. I don’t mean to keep bashing The Daily Mail, but they make it so [...]

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