On Tuesday’s episode of “The News & Why it Matters,” Sara Gonzales, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Andrew Heaton highlighted the mainstream media’s coverage of the deepest manned dive on record.

According to Fox News, “Victor Vescovo took the journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean — finding shocking things from new species to human trash.”

While the mainstream media could have covered the story from an angle of what an amazing accomplishment it was to set the record for deepest manned dive in human history, they chose to speculate about what could have been a piece of plastic or metal “contamination.”

In this clip, the panel discussed the large number of headlines that had focused on “plastic” seen on the ocean floor rather than Vescovo’s record-setting achievement.

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What did Vescovo say?

“As I continued going along the bottom cruising around, I did see what appeared to be one or two particles of manmade matter. I don’t know if they were plastic or metal, but they definitely had sharp edges. One of them had what looked like a letter printed on it so they were definitely contamination,” Vescovo said.

“It could be a tuna can top,” Glenn said.

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The panel concurred that Vescovo never confirmed that what he saw was plastic, but that did not stop the mainstream media from reporting that plastic was found on the ocean floor.

Watch the video below for details.

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