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Re: The Roswell Incident - The True Story - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:18:59 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:24:06 -0400
Subject: Re: The Roswell Incident - The True Story - Clark

>From: Dennis Balthaser <truthskr.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:02:11 -0600
>Subject: Re: The Roswell Incident - The True Story

>>From: Gildas Bourdais <bourdais.gildas.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:43:11 +0200
>>Subject: Re: The Roswell Incident - The True Story


Hi, Dennis,

>All of your comments are worthy, and I have no problem (and in
>fact believe debunkers should be included in documentaries about
>Roswell), however the producers of these shows should leave the
>decision making to the audience, since it is my belief that the
>producers and film crews are totally uneducated on the subject,
>and have only one goal, that being ratings and profits. None of
>the profits are ever returned to those researchers interviewed,
>however, and their years of research are often times distorted
>to fit the agenda of the show.

Having been interviewed for a number of UFO documentaries over
the years (before I opted out except for the very rare
occasion), I think it is naive to insist that the "producers of
these shows... leave the decision making to the audience." The
producers can do anything they care to do with the materials
they've gathered. It's their expense, their effort, and their
right to express their opinions.

I doubt that you'd complain if the producers had expressed a
point of view you found congenial. That's not just you; that's
just a natural human reaction, like defining "objective" as how
we ourselves see things. All of us are guilty of that in varying
degrees. As the old joke goes, we know brilliant people when we
see them; they agree with us.

I didn't see the National Geographic special for the simple
reason that I rarely watch UFO documentaries, which are almost
always simplistic, either unreasonably gullible or unreasonably
hostile. I can think of any number of more productive ways to
spend my time than watching stupid cable shows on ufology or
other anomalies. Besides, it is unrealistic to expect that a
conservative, ultrarespectable outfit like the National
Geographic Society is going to endorse, or even treat as a
possibility, the notion that the U.S. government secretly
possesses the remains of ET spacecraft. Did you actually think
that the NGS would treat the ET-crash hypothesis, controversial
even among ufologists (I personally am agnostic), as potentially

Rather than demanding standards for the final product we have
neither power nor right to enforce, we can flatly refuse to
participate in a project if we suspect it will ultimately
displease us. I now decline participation in virtually any
project for which I receive an invitation. I did make an
exception for David Cherniack, who knows our subject and whose
intelligence and talent I respect. But beyond that, I simply do
not care to have my name and reputation associated with the
simple-minded trash - whether it's pro or anti UFO - that
passes for documentary filmmaking on cable television. Little if
any of it does anything to advance ufology's interests or to
elevate the level of discussion.

Jerry Clark

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