I've begun to hear many TV talking heads dumping on "the selfie" lately. Anything that gets over-hyped will reach burnout. But come on guys, really? A selfie brought down the plane? Should be only a matter of hours before some politician jumps onto a soap box and calls for anti-selfie legislation. Maybe they can vilify selfies like they did vaccinations.
Remember Sarah Palin's sad story about the little girl who "came down" with autism after getting some vaccines? Well that's nothing. Take a selfie on a plane...and you'll die in an inferno of brimstone as new-fangled selfie-demons destroy your plane! This is nothing but the typical hype/anti-hype cycle but taken to a new level due to 24-hour news media. This may have influenced investigators.
Having spent time behind the wheel of a Cesna myself, I can't imagine this. This is a plane you can fly literally hands-off. It will fly straight and level. Even if you take your hands off in the middle of a turn the plane will continue that direction for a short time while starting a slow drift. A selfie couldn't cause the plane to go down unless he was fumbling with the phone to film the critical point of a risky maneuver in which case the maneuver would be the catalyst. Do we know that he was fumbling with the phone?