posted on Jul, 16 2006 @ 09:36 AM
We are all aware of the control of the media to keep disclosure-related leaks to a minimum. However, over here in little ole New Zealand, one of our
leading Sunday newspapers today splashed a huge cover story spanning the first three pages. It focuses on a particular sighting caught on camera by a
professional photographer who happened to be on an assignment, capturing a 'lucky grab' of a disc-shaped object travelling faster than a bird.
The sighting dates from October last year. Close-up, it reminds me of some of those 'bird-like' photographs we have been discussing on ATS, but the
witness insists the object was travelling far too fast to be a bird.
It's interesting that the article also mentions reported sightings in Oamaru, for this is close to home for me.. the pic in my avatar was snapped a
couple of years ago.
I have scanned the article for you; it is in 3 parts and includes photos (a close up and the full-view).
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Of course, it's fair to address the issues of why someone would submit a story like this, and why Sunday News went ahead to publish it. It's
plausible that the men involved were lured by the almighty dollar to spill the beans.. the prospect cannot be denied. One should also bear in mind,
the Sunday News occupies the 'tabloid' segment of the market; whereas their rival, the Sunday Star-Times, is regarded as more 'serious'
journalism. The danger in that mindset however, is that the Sunday News has never lied or come out with knowingly false information. In the Sunday
News you'll see stories on celebrity boob jobs, and sport stars' nights of shame.. but they mix the lightheartedness and down-to-earth style with
their own flavour of seriousness too as they see fit. So it blows me away that they came out with this blazing front page story and actually wrote a
balanced article on it without undermining it with snide ridicule.
Is this a sign of a change? Your impressions are invited..
[edit on 16-7-2006 by RiotComing]
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