I've found myself so intrigued by this story, I'm actually reading pilot forums looking for informed conversation on this matter (present company excluded of course). Just an absurd story.
Ditto. I watched many hours of CNN while home one of those days, and I was stunned at how bad their coverage was compared to some of the information I could garner through the internet (there was plenty of junk too, but good info was available if you sifted through sources). CNN tried and tried and tried to fit this into a mechanical failure story (by remaining open to all theories), even when the preponderance of "facts" long since left that theory in the dust. It was ostensibly to remain open-minded and distrustful of facts until confirmed, but they were pushing the Lithium battery idea, for example, long after that was logical with the emerging situation. Mary Schiavo, in particular, was curious in the way she stuck with the idea that this was clearly a cabin decompression and hypoxia event (all actions explained by confusion). In her words, that was the simplest explanation.... but to believe that, you would have had to discount the perfect timing of things, which had been treated as established facts by that time. I was so frustrated that CNN never tried to reconcile the mechanical failure possibilities with the direction that many of the informed people in the aviation community were heading with the information available.
There's a difference between open-minded and dim-witted, and CNN seemed more on the dim-witted side. But I did enjoy their wall to wall coverage. I did get the basic facts from them, even if they painfully tried to avoid drawing logical conclusions from them. I agree the pilot forum you linked to was a wealth of informed info. I also saw a link to that same forum early on and followed it closely. Riveting, but scary stuff.