One piece of actual data I heard last night was that the big turn back to the West was made before the ACARS data upload ... was turned off, and they did get one data packet that indicated that the turn was caused by an actual control input, not by the autopilot.
Anndddd now they're back to saying they have data that indicates that the turn was deliberate - only now supposedly it was because someone altered the settings on the autopilot!
What I want to know was, if they last time they heard from ACARS was just as the 'plane was leaving the coastline... how did they find out that the turn was from an autopilot input? What other system would send out that kind of info?
Although I suppose the reports aren't necessarily in conflict: they could have been talking about the half-hourly ACARS reports when they said the last one they got was leaving the coast, and that they never got the next half-hourly one. Leaving open the possibility that they got an ACARS message about the autopilot, in between those two times. But they don't say that (or make that clear, if it is what happened).
And I haven't heard any astute reporter ask the question 'how did this data come from the plane'.
The way information is dribbling out, with it being passed from hand to hand, through reporters who don't really understand the technology, is, I think, responsible for a lot of this. They'd be better off having someone technical giving press briefings twice a day, so we could get it 'straight from the horse's mouth'.
And it's good to be reminded how clueless, inept and incompetent the MSM is.