I’ve heard some pretty stupid ideas in my time, but Anna Kooiman may well have just eclipsed them all on Sunday while speculating about missing Flight QZ8501, from AirAsia.
During breaking coverage of the missing flight, Kooiman asked former FAA spokesman Scott Brenner if the “real reason” the plane disappeared head to with the “different way other countries train their pilots” — in particular, if it didn’t vanish because international pilots were trained using the metric system.
I can’t even.
Kooiman went on to note that “we even think about temperature” differently, noting that: “It’s kilometers or miles. You know, everything about their training could be similar, but different.”
Similar but different. That makes total sense.
There are three countries on the planet that don’t use metric. The United States is one of them, because the United States is a fragile, special snowflake that’s trapped in the 1900s.
Even after Brenner noted the major difference between international pilots and US pilots was reliance on autopilot, Kooiman continued to beat the “demonize metric” drum:
It’s not just a difference in the way that we measure things? Is it not as safe in that part of the world? Because our viewers may be thinking, ‘International travel, is it safe? Is it not safe?’
Brenner pointed out that it’s “incredibly safe” and that he believed “U.S. pilots are very well trained.”
Just in case Kooiman’s moronic cultural posturing didn’t fill up your stupid quotient for the day, here’s Co-host Charles Payne: Payne added that many of the recent international incidents could have been averted if the pilots had the “cowboy attitude” that American pilots had.
Watch the video below: