Arduino Maker News Other Boards Raspberry Pi
CNN Shows Adafruit Part During Bombing Segment

CNN

A sharp-eyed Twitter user noticed that during a breaking news segment about the crash of the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 in Egypt this week, CNN briefly displayed an Adafruit Industries component while discussing the possibility that an ISIS bomb might have brought down the aircraft.

Adafruit is an open-source hardware company that sells Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Beaglebone boards and components. The component that CNN showed appears to be Adafruit’s BMP180 Barometric pressure, temperature, and altitude sensor. The photo that CNN displayed, in fact, appears to be pulled from the component’s product page.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether CNN meant to imply that an Adafruit sensor had been found at the site of the crash or whether they put the image up to illustrate the generic possibility that a barometric pressure sensor could have been used to trigger an explosive.

In response to questions from Make:, CNN spokesperson Neel Khairzada clarified that it was the latter.

“This graphic was part of a conversation about barametric [sic] pressure triggers,” Khairzada said. “It was not identified as something used but a larger conversation about these triggers.”

Some electronics enthusiasts were unforgiving.

“Adafruit should sue [CNN] for their stupidity,” wrote one user on the electronics subreddit.

Regarding the crash, Make: sends condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.

24 thoughts on “CNN Shows Adafruit Part During Bombing Segment

    1. They might have liable/defamation type suit they could sue for, or more realistically a copyright infringement suit for using their photo without permission in a commercial setting.

        1. I’m sure they’re not, but it is informative for people who have no idea what types of laws may have been broken. Whereas your comments are just snide and unhelpful.

          1. Sorry to be snide. It’s very interesting to me when something like this happens and you often have a whole chorus of people saying “they should sue,” or “they might have a case” likely without any actual knowledge of the law. I wonder if it perpetuates misconceptions about how the law works.

      1. CNN might be liable, but the term you’re looking for is libel… which is defamation or slander that’s in writing. Legally, I wonder how photos factor into that? There must be some precedents somewhere..

        1. Sorry about the typo. My fingers tend to type in patterns. I don’t hunt and peck each letter like I did when I was 5. Occasionally the wrong word slips out. I do know the difference between liable and libel. I believe libel applies because of the editorial nature of news. If you prefer to call it slander because it’s spoken, whatever floats your boat. I think it could go either way because the photos are being reproduced. In a world where print media is quickly fading, multimedia is becoming the new print. Eventually this will be taken into consideration. Still, whatever you call it, it is potentially damaging to their brand and uses their photos irresponsibly and without permission. As such they should have some form of legal recourse.

  1. Congratulations, you’ve made the big time. Like so many others, hobby electronics are now a stock stand in for evil.

  2. A fire could have been started with a newspaper as well. [cut to shot of The New York Times]. Should flammable materials be so easily available?

  3. The aircraft was half a kilometre above the maximum range for that type of sensor when normal flight was interrupted.

    Friday 6 November 01:22 UTC 2015

        1. So far this year I have made 69,000 dollars with my pc and I am a full time student . I am attached with a business entity that outsource online jobs . I heard about it last year and I have made a great cash . It is just great and I am just so happy to have that option …..Look here for more info ..

          entrustedlegacy.c.pl
          ♠32

    1. You could code it to go off if certain conditions are met (at a certain time, upon receipt of a text message or call, etc.), but use a barometric sensor to confirm it’s at least at X altitude to make it doesn’t go off if it misses its plane or whatever. There are stories of bombers tying their bombs only into an incoming call and getting blown up when someone dials a wrong number (don’t know if they’re true, but it’s certainly likely).

      1. This year I have made 72,000 dollars so far with my pc and I am a university student . I am linked with a business entity that outsource online jobs . I heard about it previous year and now I have made a great cash . It is very friendly to it’s users and I am just so happy to have that option …..

        http://www.yfuusa.da.cx
        ♣34

    2. Though it is entirely plausible to write code that starts a timer after the BMP reaches max alt.

      1. True but it is an error state,

        on error
        do
        start explode countdown.

        I’d say it was crazy and risky, but we are talking about crazy terrorists anyway.

    1. This year, till this date I have scored 68,000 dollars online and I am just a college student. I am connected with an entity that outsource online jobs. I heard about it previous year and I have earned such great money.. I feel myself blessed to have that job … Know more about it …

      thinkenergygroup.eu.cr
      ➽4fv

  4. Trust own ((((mmmmakezine)))) If you wana get a reasonable income through laptop and if you have a reliable internet connection then you should be able to know how you make your income by laptop.this is very simple to know just vist my website

    and sign up there for more details http:// TipsForYou

  5. Balloon in a box and a couple strips of metal.

    (not my idea, read it in an article years ago)

Comments are closed.

Tagged

Jon Christian is the co-editor of the Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection between makers and business. He's also written for the Boston Globe, WIRED and The Atlantic.

View more articles by Jon Christian