Again, I'm not interested in testing the validity of Meier's predictions. I'm well-convinced that, in the absence of further evidence, his
predictions were based on news reports of the times when they were made and his alleged alien encounters are fictious.
What's got me wondering is why a prominent news radio station would decide to give air time to this whack-job? Anyone who's ever been in the media
business knows that you are very careful about giving press to "fringe" groups, fanatics, or people that will piss off your advertisers and/or
WTOP is one such station. They tend to be an excellent, unbiased news source because they have ties to ABC, CBS, USA Today, and many local business
(i.e., they try to keep everything on the "Straight and Narrow" to avoid stepping on toes). As well, they tend to avoid portraying stories in a
manner that would embarrass either political party -- they report these stories, but they don't try and "slant" them the way the editors of the
network news do to promote their own polical agenda (like Dan Rather and the president or Peter Jennings and UFO's).
WTOP is steady and reliable. It's a great news station for people who like to get the actual news and not the "spin".
So why does this station, through a very good and credible reporter, decide to give time to Billy Meier?
Here's a few thoughts....
1 -- any discussion of UFO's would be problematic. The stories generally lead toward government consipracy, but WTOP doesn't want to irritate the
government officials they rely on for actual news.... so no UFO stories about Area 51, Roswell, etc. at least until there's hard evidence.
2 -- Billy Meier is some foreign whack-job with claims that appear intriguing on the surface. Discussing him won't annoy anybody the station needs
for actual news. Also, people get interested in hearing about his predictions and reading his site.
3 -- the news editors at WTOP tend to be "in the know". These are VERY well connected and responsible news people. They don't sit on stories, but
they don't report them before they're "ripe". They do, at times, start talking up stories in advance, knowing that there's something bigger
coming down the road.
4 -- Does the news editor at WTOP know something?
5 -- Did someone suggest that this topic will become "hot" soon?
6 -- Are they giving air-time to a whacko as a preemptive way of reminding the public that UFO's are for whackos and not to be believed? Perhaps in
advance of something?
7 -- Oddly, they were also warning people last night that NORAD was going to be conducting tests overnight (last night) to see how well they could
shoot down an aircraft infringing on restricted airspace. The tests, they said, may be accompanied by some strange noises and odd lights in the
Ok... lets take another look at number 7 and put our thinking caps on...
A few more facts...
I was unable to locate ANY news items on the supposed NORAD test last night.
UFO's are not new to the area... here's a little-discussed sighting from about 3 years ago over
Was the whole Billy Meier thing on the radio a coincidence? Maybe.