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Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 00:42:13 +0100
Archived: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 08:05:27 -0400
Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To:  ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 13:48:36 -0300
>Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>In my opinion the Doty-Howe type disinformation tactics are
>aimed directly at those with some influence in the UFO community
>who have the capability to influence large numbers of the public
>through television documentaries, interviews and successful book

Sounds about right, Don.

However, one of the puzzling aspects about Doty is the way that
such a loose cannon gets to remain part of the picture,
apparently under government auspices, for so long.

The only way I can understand it is as a brilliant double-bluff
on the part of his handlers: they find a screwball with
delusions of grandeur who is capable of following simple orders,
but who can also be relied upon to embellish any story he is
told to tell and to overstep the mark, talking up his own
importance, with some regularity. Doty's fantasies become part
of the disinformation process, but add value to it for the
disinformers by introducing a further layer of absurdity.

What kind of fool, acting as a government disinformation agent,
risks ruining a contact like Howe by telling her that she is
receiving information because she is way down the media food
chain? Yet, instead of getting a rap across the knuckles or
being pulled of the case, Doty is probably told that he is doing
a great job.

Meanwhile, any legitimate investigative reporter who started to
dig into the whole thing would be constantly brought back to one
question: what kind of nutcase would be taken in by a nutcase
like Doty?

This provides a wonderful additional layer of insurance against
just about any UFO material emanating from self-styled
ufologists being taken seriously by those who take pride in, and
build a professional reputation around,  the soundness of their
judgment. This double insulation means that the work of people
like Richard Haines or Richard Dolan will always be marginalised
by a process of self-censorship. You can see it at work in the
recent press snippets that we've seen concerning Stan - there is
a constant subtext whereby the fact that he has solid scientific
credentials is, in itself, treated as a curiosity. Thus, a guy
who should be listened to and engaged with seriously becomes, in
himself, an oddity in the public arena.

Savour that if you will: Stan defused and converted into an
oddity by virtue of not being a screwball and having some
serious credentials. What could be more pernicious?

See what I mean by 'a brilliant double-bluff'?

Gerald O'Connell

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