It was only a few months ago that Larry King was angling to get his old job back, but the ancient soothsayer is now telling interviewers that he dodged a bullet.

"I miss being live, which I did all my life, and I miss the big story, though I will tell you, I am glad I am not at CNN now with this missing plane," King said in a recent interview with Capital New York. "Because that has been turned into the most absurd news story. It was a great news story and then it went absurd."

The funny thing about it is that in all this time, which I guess is approaching six weeks, the only thing we know is that it made a left turn. We don't know anything else, so I have learned nothing, and all that coverage has led to nothing. So while it gave them better ratings, they weren't doing what I consider great news work, which is letting the audience determine what is news. In that same period of time they had landslides in Washington, they had the ferry boat in South Korea, they had Ukraine, they had the G.M. recall with 13 people killed, and they are leading with the missing plane.

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