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Re: Friedman On CNN's Larry King Tonight -

From: Dennis Balthaser <truthskr.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:40:46 -0600
Archived: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 09:39:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Friedman On CNN's Larry King Tonight -

>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 10:57:40 -0400
>Subject: Re: Friedman On CNN's Larry King Tonight

>>From: Dennis Balthaser <truthskr.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 13:17:34 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Friedman On CNN's Larry King Tonight


>>Put this show in the dumpster with the Peter Jennings special
>>and recent National Geographic documentary.

>>From what I've seen on this List, and others, there is no
>commercial broadcast medium that would satisfy ufologists, so I
>guess I'd just give up on it... <g>

>There have been numerous shows done over the past decade on
>UFOs, Roswell and the like. Some of this was by small production
>groups and a few by major network news departments (apparentely
>looking for more work). Before these shows air, there's an
>excitement among list members that the "truth" is about to be
>told, and then it is quickly turned against the media outlet for
>failing to tell the story correctly.

>Well, as a former reporter I think there's a lot of self-serving
>opinions expressed during the past 10 years regarding the media
>and whether you like it or not, the media really doesn't care
>what you think. But it gives everyone the opportunity to point a
>finger and say it's someone else's fault that the truth isn't
>being told, which is a human reaction at the very base level.

>I think it is clear that CNN and Larry King had no real news to
>present during the show, so the purpose of the program was hype
>and commercial exposure for the network (UFOs make for a good
>subject). I would guess that it was organized by Larry King's
>people and the guests had no realy control or time to prepare,
>so this was really set up to fail in some respects.

>What I find unfortunate is that the List goes through a manic
>high before such shows, which gives way to a manic low
>afterwards, and the problem is one of expectations. These shows
>are, IMO, positive in nature for those who are unfamiliar with
>the field. But if we don't have a 'magic bullet' in hand to
>prove something, I wouldn't expect existing evidence presented
>over and over again to do much to sway public opinion.

Steve and Listers,

I agree with your assessment that when we researchers agree to
do documentaries, we anticipate that we will be represented as
intended, however that is normally not the case. (The Peter
Jennings special and the National Geographic documentary are
good examples). Each time I do an interview I'm hopeful that it
will be presented in the manner intended and not given a spin by
someone who probably has never done any research.

My experince as well as that of many other researchers I'm sure,
is the fact that we are expected to share our years of research
(in most cases in detail and honestly), in order to inform the
public, and have absolutely no in-put on the editing and final

I have become convinced that documentaries are hyped through
pre-airing advertisements, use show titles like the "The truth",
and then edited to the point that serious researchers are not
represented in the manner they intended when being filmed, for
the benefit of profit and ratings for the documentary networks.

There have in all honesty been a few documentaries that I've
been involved with over the years that have made an honest
effort to be factual, most times by small independent film
makers, unlike the major networks.

Dennis Balthaser

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