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'All The News That's Fit To Print' [was: New

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:03:31 -0400
Archived: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 09:42:37 -0400
Subject: 'All The News That's Fit To Print' [was: New

>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 16:39:06 EDT
>Subject: Re: New Revelations On The Origins Of MJ-12

>You've got to be kidding? Stringfield? Why in hell wouldn't
>genuine leakers (there is no wrongdoing involved so no "whistle-
>blowing") go to the NY Times?? The fact they don't tells you
>they aren't genuine leakers, but plants, agents provocateur,
>agents peddling disinformation.


I agree with everything else you said in this post, but about
the NY Times - I don't think genuine UFO leakers (if any exist)
would be received very well there. I say this after many years'
experience as a journalist. High-level journalists generally
believe that UFOs are crackpot stuff. If a leaker approached one
of the Times' investigative reporters, or military reporters, or
science reporters, or Washington reporters, I think they'd get
blown off. And even if the reporter was impressed, convincing
the editors to let the reporter work on the story would be very
hard to do.

Maybe if the whistleblower had powerful documentary evidence,
that would help. But one of the first things a reporter is going
to think would be, "Well, even if this is true, how am I going
to write the story?" You can't drop a bombshell like this in the
press without more than one source - without many more sources
than one. So even if a high-level reporter took a whistleblower
seriously, it's still a long stretch from there to seeing a
story in print. You'd need it documented from multiple named

Plus there's something else. Back in the Kennedy years, a Times
reporter in Central America found out that the US was going to
invade Cuba. This is a famous piece of newspaper history.
Instead of telling the reporter to go ahead and write the story,
the top editor at the Times called his pal JFK, and asked him
what to do. Kennedy said, "For God's sake, don't print that!" Or
words to that effect. And the Times didn't print it. Kennedy
later had the grace to say he'd have been better off if the
Times had gone ahead. Much more recently, the Times delayed a
story at the Bush administration's request. Who's to say that if
they learned of a massive UFO secret, they'd actually publish
it? They're very close to government officials. That's how big-
time reporting works. Maybe some of the paper's government
friends would ask them to suppress the story, and the Times
would do that.

But here's one last thought. When I think of possible
whistleblowers, I don't ask, "Why don't they take it to the NY
Times?" Instead, the question that comes into my mind is, "How
do we know they haven't done that?" The likely scenario, from
what I know of the newspaper biz, would probably be like this.
The whistleblower calls a Times reporter famous for breaking
political or military scandals, someone like Seymour Hersh. The
whistleblower leaves a message on Hersh's phone mail. Hersh
hears it, thinks, "Another nutcase," and never returns the call.

Or else the whistleblower gets Hersh on the phone, and Hersh
tries, I hope with at least minimal courtesy, to end the
conversation as quickly as possible. "Another nutcase." Only if
the caller was someone he already knew and trusted, or at the
very least was a name Hersh knew well, would his reaction be
likely to be any different.

It would be fascinating to ask someone like Hersh if he's ever
gotten calls from someone who wanted to talk about UFO secrets.
If the answer turned out to be yes - and if Hersh blew the call
off - I can't say I'd be surprised.

Greg Sandow

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