Newspapers drink stupid juice from the cup of Ryanair
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:
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:
Ryanair get their free publicity, newspapers fill their pages, consumers believe newspapers publish news. Everyone's a winner. Apart from the consumers.