Any updates on the Sheryl Sandberg situation?—
Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) July 06, 2013
Hours after the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, the city’s fire chief reported that two had been confirmed killed and at least 60 of the passengers and crew were still unaccounted for. The whereabouts of Facebook executive and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg, though, were quickly confirmed. Sandberg explained in a Facebook post that she was scheduled to have been on the flight but changed her plans at the last minute — giving the media something to talk about in the vacuum of information relative to the emergency at hand.
It was the Facebook post that launched a thousand headlines.
The fact that Sandberg — who was nowhere near the crash — quickly became the media “face” of the fatal tragedy didn’t sit well with some.
The fact that Sheryl Sandberg was not on the plane that crashed at SFO is so incredibly irrelevant. Lean back, Sheryl. Lean back.—
Touré (@Toure) July 06, 2013
so what is the point of sheryl sandberg publicizing that she was supposed to be on the plane that crashed @ SFO. plz enlighten me.—
Sam(mie), I am. (@sammie_scottie) July 06, 2013
A Boeing 777 crashes at SFO today yet somehow Sheryl Sandberg *not* being on board is "news."—
Linda Constant (@lindaconstant) July 06, 2013
Whew, I think we can all sleep a little bit better tonight knowing Sheryl Sandberg wasn’t on that flight—
Mike Tellinghuisen (@mtellin) July 06, 2013
While plenty found the media’s angle on the story ridiculous, Richard Grenell reiterated that media malpractice in the face of tragedy was no laughing matter.