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P1947: Sturrock Panel as Managed News

From: Moderator UFO UpDates
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 1998 19:31:47 -0400
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Subject: P1947: Sturrock Panel as Managed News


Date: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 10:11:44 -0700
From: Terry Hansen <twhansen@PSCU.COM>
Subject: Sturrock Panel as Managed News
To: PROJECT-1947@LISTSERV.AOL.COM

On Fri, 3 Jul 1998, Ed Stewart wrote, concerning the Sturrock
panel:

>This is not a regular news story that was picked up by the media and wire
>services who ran with it. I suspect this event is managed news.

I can tell you as a journalist with some 15 years in the
publishing business that precious little that gets into the
media is not, in some sense, managed news. The media industries
always have the bottom line firmly in mind, and they don't wish
to spend money funding investigative journalism, either about
UFOs or anything else. Consequently, most journalists simply
stand around waiting for a press release which they can grab and
write up for publication or broadcast. This makes them sitting
ducks for manipulation.

Governments and corporations learned this fact early in the
game, and they are far more adroit at managing the news than the
SSE will ever be. Objectivity, is a highly problematic concept,
not only in journalism but science as well.

Here are a few books which explain the forces that shape media
content:

 -- "PR! A Social History of Spin" by Stuart Ewen
 -- "Unreliable Sources" by Martin A. Lee & Norman Solomon
 -- "News from Nowhere" by Edward Jay Epstein
 -- "Making News" by Gaye Tuckman
 -- "News: The Politics of Illusion" by Lance Bennett

If you read even a few of these, you'll better understand the
powerful entities that keep concensus reality firmly in its
desired orbit. The SSE has every right to make its voice heard
above the roar of these professional spin meisters.

  -- Terry Hansen

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  medieval world is a reason for a certain measure of self-
  congratulation, we must be somewhat sparing in the adulation we
  heap upon ourselves, since almost exactly the same pre-Copernican
  errors are being made nowadays in the frontier area of astronomy,
  chemistry and biology."
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