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

From: Dave Morton <Marspyrs.nul>
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 02:46:42 EDT
Archived: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 08:09:13 -0400
Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'


>From: Carol Rainey <csrainey1.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 13:53:56 -0400
>Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>>From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:03:31 -0400
>>Subject: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>>>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

<snip>

>>>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.

<snip>

>>Brad,

>>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.

>Hi, Greg,

>Your take on the reporter response was certainly validated in
>this past week by the experience of a friend of mine who had had
>a UFO sighting and now wants to spread the word. As he was being
>interviewed for an un-related story and was also the overnight
>house guest of a highly respected journalist for the New York
>Post, my friend raised the subject of UFOs during the course of
>a friendly evening's conversation. The journalist's manner
>changed notably, he refused to engage in any way, even though
>his own wife was interested.

>He would not enter the conversation, even when asked something
>directly, and his body language and expression made it very
>clear that he was cold as ice to this topic. Make of that what
>you will...

>I have on tape an interview with Jay Sapir, a UPI reporter out
>of Chicago, who says directly that there are several reasons why
>reporters avoid the subject like the plague. Jay himself is
>fascinated.

>First, it could be a career-killer, revealing the reporter as
>credulous. Second,they don't want to be ridiculed by their
>fellows. And third, even if they had time to research the
>subject, really do the homework, Jay said, it would take them
>ten years (as it did him) to get a handle on what was going on
>and it would be almost an impossibility to reduce the deep
>background of a truly significant story about the UFO phenomenon
>to an average length story in a newspaper or magazine.

>I find those all perfectly adequate explanations for reporter
>reluctance - no conspiracy theory needed to explain it.


This is why I trust only a few reporters such as Greg Sandow
(and he was a music critic for the Wall Street Journal - I don't
know if he did 'normal' reporting) - someone with brains,
breadth, depth, and common sense. Thank you, Greg (and Carol)
for your very cogent observations.

Most reporters strike me as being smart-asses, if I may use that
expression here. Know-it-alls with an unjustified air of
superiority, full of pomposity and smugness.

Read a newspaper and you'll find as many puns snuck into
headlines as possible, as if punnery were the soul of wit, and
wit is needed in every headline, save the really serious
headlines - at least in our local Minneapolis newspaper.

The adolesence and narrow-mindedness of our local reporters
usually boggles my mind.

I must say that the local newspaper - and the television
stations - did an outstanding job of covering the recent bridge
collapse in Minneapolis, with volumes of useful information and
probing questions, extensive maps, route changes, explanations,
etc.  I will admit that I was very impressed and rather humbled
by their reporting talents. However, that's right up their
alley: Something down to earth, with probable dereliction of
duty by the politicians.

When it comes to anything that isn't nailed to the ground or
rooted in the ground, or doesn't involve scandal, corruption, or
politics, most seem to be totally clueless but unaware of their
ignorance.

The career-killing problem is due to the attitude of most
reporters, I think. It's an inborn attitude that generates
ridicule of those who speak about or investigate UFOs. And that
boils down to narrow-mindedness and immaturity.

Power corrupts, but absolute power with a microphone or a
reporting job at a newspaper turns some people into teenagers.


Dave Morton



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