There have been moments of idiocy in CNN’s otherwise very solid coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. There was the time, for instance, when Don Lemon talked about black holes and the time Don Lemon inquired about a “supernatural” explanation.

Here’s another candidate for the lowlight reel: In the waning minutes of today’s edition of “Wolf” with host Wolf Blitzer, Ryan Abernathey, an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, furnished expert commentary on the difficult circumstances of the search for MH370 debris in the southern Indian Ocean. Noting that winter is coming on fast in the Southern Hemisphere, Abernathey warned of severe storms and conditions that could move objects 20 or 30 miles in one day.

After Blitzer mentioned the 122 pieces of debris spotted in the water, Abernathey struck an optimistic tone: “So far the evidence seems to be consistent that this very well could be the plane debris.”

Blitzer wanted to probe more on that chunk of potential news. “Why do you say that?” he asked his guest.

Abernathey replied, “It’s consistent with the radar information they have, and your experts that I’ve seen on CNN say that this wreckage is consistent with a plane crash.”

Brilliant: CNN on-air expert cites other CNN experts for expert opinion.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.