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Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases - Fleming

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 22:12:57 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 09:48:19 -0400
Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases - Fleming

>From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 10:04:56 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
>Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases

>>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 15:26:09 -0500
>>Subject: Re: How To Crack Weird Space Cases


James Smith's comments seemed to suggest that the news media
would find UFO stories irresistable because of the surefire
ratings they would get (further implying that they don't cover
UFO stories because there's nothing to cover). Not to get too
deeply into non-UFO politics, but after I responded to that
message, it reminded me of the circumstances surrounding the
cancellation in 2003 of the Phil Donahue Show on MSNBC (the
same outfit that's picked up Oberg's stuff).


>But this enthusiasm for a "wide range of strong, opinionated
>voices" rings hollow in the wake of MSNBC's firing of host Phil
>Donahue. (FAIR's founder, Jeff Cohen, worked as a senior
>producer for Donahue.) His show was cancelled despite having the
>best ratings on the network; this occurred, according to
>published reports, after a study commissioned by NBC described
>Donahue as "a tired, left-wing liberal out of touch with the
>current marketplace" who would be a "difficult public face for
>NBC in a time of war" (All Your TV, 2/25/03). "He seems to
>delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and
>skeptical of the administration's motives," the report noted,
>warning that the Donahue show could be "a home for the liberal
>antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving
>the flag at every opportunity."

As much as the big media corporations may love ratings, they
seldom stray far from the rest of the herd. The other media
conglomerates were waving the flag, so MSNBC, too, had to wave
the flag and cancel their highest-rated show. Similarly, the
news media as a group do not treat UFOs as a serious subject, so
no single news organization is likely to do so.  As demonstrated
by the MSNBC comments on Donahue, a herd mentality explains
quite well how certain subjects tend to get one-sided coverage
if they get any at all; no "conspiracy theories" need raise
their ugly heads.

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