This is CNN, where wild, irresponsible speculation and abject scientific ignorance are your ticket to getting on the air.

Don Lemon previously speculated that something “supernatural” claimed the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. On Wednesday, he got pseudo-scientific, postulating that a black hole might have somehow swallowed up the 777.

Black holes do exist. But no black hole was responsible for sucking in that airplane.

And then a former government official on-upped Lemon — Clinton-era US Department of Transportation General Inspector Mary Schiavo said “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.” A small black hole would not suck in our entire universe. Most galaxies have supermassive black holes at their core. The universe remains just fine, thankyouverymuch.

Sigh. Having spent close to a decade at NASA attempting to educate the press and public on astronomy, this makes me feel like a failure.

But honestly, I blame the teachers unions, President Obama for converting NASA into a Muslim outreach program, America’s emphasis on social nonsense over the hard sciences, and the “I’m not saying it’s aliens, but it’s aliens” History Channel for bringing us all to this low point in the use of high technology. It’s all their fault.