Henican: Vanished Malaysia jet baffles know-it-alls

A foam plane with messages and cards dedicated A foam plane with messages and cards dedicated to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, are placed in the viewing gallery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. Photo Credit: AP / Wong Maye-E

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Ellis Henican Newsday columnist Ellis Henican

Henican is a columnist for Newsday. He also is a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and ...

Here in the Age of Easy Certainty, we don't do mysteries well.

Everyone's an expert on everything now, including what's wrong with Washington, which movie deserves Best Picture and what could possibly cause a crowded jetliner on a clear day to fall unexpectedly from the sky.

A solid week after Malaysia 370 evaporated from the radar, we still don't know a whole lot more than we did at the very start. Was it a freak accident? Is terrorism to blame? Was it a suicidal pilot? Are the passengers buried at the bottom of the ocean or trapped in the opening episode of "Lost?"

The truth is I don't know and you don't know and neither does anybody else, most especially the somber experts with showy Chyrons who are suddenly all over cable TV. And none of this mystery is the least bit natural in the Age of Easy Certainty.

Blame it on the news-channel talking heads, the modern cultural equivalent of barroom blowhards. Blame it on the Internet. Blame it on Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia, which fuels so much of this pseudo-expertise. It's gotten so easy for anyone to gain what used to be highly inside knowledge, there are only three words left that no one will ever utter, three simpler words that are the honest-to-God truth.

I. Don't. Know.

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WHADAYA KNOW

1. Not much.

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2. Less than you think.

3. Nothing special.

4. Beats me.

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