Watched the show tonight (04/07/2008) on the west coast.
Took some notes; thought they might come in handy.
First, and most glaringly, Why did they keep showing photos of NASA's Viking 1 Mars orbiter/lander?
Viking had absolutely Nothing!
to do with the Roswell incident.
NASA Did Not Even Exist in 1947!
Was CNN/The Larry King Show trying to pass off Viking 1 as the vehicle that supposedly crashed in Rosewell?
Possibly, since, if one reviews the tape of the show, you'll see and hear Bill Nye, ostensibly on the show as a "skeptic", ask "Does that look
like a 'disc-shaped object' to you? It doesn't to me..." while a photo of the Viking descent module, on a flat-bed, was being displayed. Above
the module was its shipping crate, clearly labelled with the "NASA" logo. Which did not exist at the time (1947), as previously noted!
This verbal/visual gaffe occured during a segment in which Mr. Nye was attempting to discredit the accuracy of witness memories: attributing the
extra-terrestrial details of their accounts to "Embellishments" added over the span of years since their experience. Mr Nye's contention seemed be
based on his belief that people tend to forget the details of their experiences over time and thus are prone to "make-up" those lost, yet mundane
detail with "improved" memories, making for a more "interesting" tale.
Really, Mr. Nye?
Where were you, and what were you doing when President John F. Kennedy was shot?
I'll bet you remember almost every detail of the moment you heard that terrible announcement: bet you won't need to "embellish" that memory at
all. And yet it was almost 45 years ago
I want to focus for a minute here on Mr. Nye and on a rhetorical technique he employed, quite successfully, on this evening's broadcast: Cognative
Again, if you review the broadcast, you'll note that Mr. Nye never, directly, attempts to refute the possibility that an "alien" craft of some type
crashed at Rosewell that summer's day; instead, he attempts to distract inquirey into this possibility by Suggesting
, never actually stating
as fact, mind you, but merely suggesting
that what was actually recovered was in fact a weather balloon and a top secret monitoring device.
You'll note too (coincidentally?) that just as one of the guests is about to call into question Mr. Nye's implied assertion that the military men
present at the recorry site were not able to distinguish the latex, tinfoil and balsa wood of a Project Mogul weather balloon and debris from a UFO,
the program goes to commercial break, and the inquirey is never re-visited during the show.
Must say though, I absolutely loved Edgar Mitchell reading the riot act to Mr. Nye. Classic "Right Stuff" attitude!
No there was nothing really new to be had in this little piece of fluuf. But that's not to say that it was an entirely worthless waste of time.
If you support Disclosure (and if you are on this forum, you probably do) then there was much to learn from tonight's folly with regard to the
tactics likely to be employed by the "debunkers" should evidence ever see the light of day. "Know your enemy as you know yourself", as the old
I am thinking here of our own ATS Roswell Team.
These are much the same rhetoric and tactics the Team will encounter when (if) the documents in their posession are finally released to the public.
Don't think that merely possessing the truth will be an effective shield. The Truth is whatever the public can be persuaded to believe at any given
moment; Reality is just the icing on the cake.
Might I suggest that the Team have Mr. Nye review the FOIA documents in our possession, under full NDA constraints of course, prior to their public
release? Mr. Nye's appearance on tonight's show more or less identifies him as the skeptical portion of society's "point man". If the documents
can convince their point man, the rest is easy.
"The best General is the one that can convince his opponent to surrender without ever having fought a battle".