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Re: Another Slur From Mainstream Press

From: Brian Ally <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 11:31:41 -0400
Archived: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 09:12:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Another Slur From Mainstream Press

>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 18:31:06 EDT
>Subject: Another Slur From Mainstream Press

>The San Francisco Chronicle


>You would figure by now calling your fellow citizens "kooks"
>near the beginning of your so-called objective outlook in a
>major newspaper story would have gotten some editor's eye and a
>less disingenuous word would be used.

>How can you editorialize in a staff-writer story?

>This is exactly what I mean about trusting the mainstream press
>regarding UFOs.

>Yes there are some things in ufology that aren't the norm but
>calling people "kooks" from a professional perspective
>undermines professionalism.

>Within our own ranks some of us demean one another with such
>snide terms revealing more about the inadequacies of the snide-
>term-slinger than the intended target.

>Looks like no matter which way one turns there are enemies
>without and worse, within.

Funny that I found the following passage at De Void blog, our
List Moderator was good enough to bring to our attention -
thanks! It's a quote from Don Ecker explaining the reasons why
he became a little tired of the pursuit of the truth about UFOs.

"Almost from the very beginning, I encountered the lunatic
fringe: the BS artists, the liars, the hoaxers," Ecker says.

"And frankly, after awhile, I got tired of shooting all these
fish in a barrel. Between the fruits and the flakes and the
nuts, and the smoke-and-mirror bull - reports from the Air
Force, I got disillusioned by the whole thing."

Yes, the article was condescending; par for the course. But, was
it inaccurate? I think not. How can one deny that there are
"kooks" involved with the UFO subject?

I certainly wouldn't suggest that the best path to mainstream
acceptance would be for researchers in this field to denounce
others. We all know how that turns out. But there's certainly
nothing to be gained for the serious researcher in defending the
indefensible, nor in embracing the kooks.


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