If a thread like this already exists, please ignore the following.
I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread devoted to noting the manner in which the various news agencies and networks around the world
respond to the UFO phenomena. Many of us have noted bias and use of mockery and other psych tactics when reporting the UFO phenomena - when the issue
is not being completely ignored, that is. Perhaps we could use this thread as a sort of 'rogues gallery', a 'hall of shame', and post up quotes,
transcripts and videos of the worst offenders. As well as, perhaps, as any outstandingly positive - as in fair and unbiased - responses from the news
agencies as well as videos etc. which discuss the attitude of the media to the UFO subject and the tactics they employ.
Perhaps, by doing this, over time we might note some interesting trends, such as which areas of the world have the most fair approach to the UFO
debate and which agencies and networks clearly have an agenda of playing it down or undermining it altogether. I know of one excellent video that was
posted here today regarding the Fox Network (spits
), so perhaps nosmokinggun would be kind enough to post a link to it in this thread.
As for me, I'll start with a very brief comment from a Reuters reporter made last year regarding the UK Gov's recently released UFO files which made
my blood boil. I have the video link
but it has been removed from youtube (if anyone
knows of a replacement link for this, please do post it). However, I wrote out what was said at the time as I was so astounded by it. This is some
months old but is an excellent indicator that:
1) Reuters are hiring morons. Or...
2) This reporter was intentionally trying to undermine the UFO debate with doublespeak tactics. Or...
3) Both of the above.
In response to the release of these files, which certainly support the idea that UFO's are real and are taken seriously by the UK Gov, Paul Chapman
of Reuters said:
"Despite the release of the files and more to follow in the coming years, experts say hardened conspiracy theorists are unlikely to be shaken in
their belief that the truth is still 'out there"
'Experts say'? Sorry, who? And what do these unnamed 'experts say"? Lets break down the implications of his retarded statement. Apparently,
unnamed 'experts' say that despite being handed more proof that UFO's are real 'hardened conspiracy theorists' will continue to believe that
UFO's are real. How silly of them.
What? Does that make ANY sense?
That's rather like saying:
"The government released data today indicating that the earth is round. Experts say that despite
this evidence that the earth is indeed
, idiotic heretics will continue to claim that the earth is round
. How silly of them"
Amazing. This report manages to make a snide remark about the beliefs of 'hardened conspiracy theorists' - which is what will be picked up on by the
average joe public viewer who isn't paying much attention - and their stubbornness in holding to those beliefs, even while presenting evidence
that their beliefs are valid
And note the pejorative language used of those who take the UFO issue seriously:
- 'HARDENED'. Implies irrationality, unreasonableness.
- "CONSPIRACY THEORISTS". A term used to link the targets to many other completely unrelated issues which are scoffed at by the news media and which
they have already marginalized and ridiculed. Guilt by claim
Idiocy, or agenda?
So, please feel free to post your UFO-Media related links, quotes, transcripts and videos, as well as your comments.
[edit on 16-3-2009 by Malcram]