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

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:46:55 +0100
Archived: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:11:10 -0400
Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'


>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 19:38:09 EDT
>Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 14:59:19 +0000
>>Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

>>>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 20:08:38 EDT
>>>Subject: Re: 'All The News That's Fit To Print'

><snip>

>>> In later postings I also pointed out that the Wash
>>>Post has had interested reporters, and that for many years Billy
>>>Cox was at Florida Today and got considerable national coverage
>>>for his UFO stories, many of which dealt with government UFO
>>>coverup.

>>Brad,

>>You live in California, I believe? I live in Maryland just
>>outside the D.C. line. I have read the Washington Post every day
>>for decades, and can't recall the last time that the Post had
>>"interested reporters". Unless you mean those reporters who
>>occasionally cover UFO meetings or conferences and always treat
>>them as a joke (like Joel Achenbach), typically in the Style
>>section though on rare occasions something makes the news
>>section.

<Snip>

>Here are some sample Wash Post UFO stories from the 2000's

<Snip>

>'X-Files' Case Lands in Va.; Gilmore Sued Over UFO 'Invasi...
>Washington Post - Jun 22, 2000
>civilian said he has been involved in "The politics of UFO
>research" ... Washington Office of Citizens against UFO Secrecy,
>a public interest ...
>
>A UFO Guru Light-Years Away From Carl Sagan
>Washington Post - Jul 13, 2000
>Joe Firmage, A Silicon Valley millionaire who became A
>highbrow UFO Guru after He was visited in his bedroom by
>"A remarkable being clothed in brilliant ...
>
>A Tale of UFOs and Alien Abduction
>Washington Post - Dec 1, 2002
>The action also centers on Roswell, NM, where, legend has It, A
>UFO crashed in 1947. in fact, "Taken's" storyline is based
>primarily on legends that have ...
>
>The Man Who Has the Fringe Tied Up in Knots
>Washington Post - Jan 17, 2003
>But he Has never seen a UFO and never met an extraterrestrial.
>... "There are a lot of groups on The fringes of The UFO
>community Who are nothing But ...
>
>Jennings Explores ABCs of UFOs
>Washington Post - Feb 20, 2005
>The UFO phenomenon from an early milestone: a 1947 sighting by a
>man named ... Segments include visits to The Center for UFO
>Studies outside Chicago, ... Executive producer Tom Yellin said
>the UFO field is "a risky thing to report ...
>
>Bush Plans to Boost Anti-Terrorism Funding; President Urges Congress...
>Washington Post - Jan 23, 2004
>Bush's visit to this small, heavily Republican city in
>southeastern New Mexico known primarily as a site of purported
>UFO landings follows similar ...

>COAST TO COAST; A national briefing of people, issues and events...
>Washington Post - May 11, 2003
>You know that crazy great-uncle who tells You tales about the
>UFO that crashed more than 50 years ago In New Mexico? Don't
>write him off too quickly -- he's ...

Brad, the examples you give, and those I found by conducting a similar
search, seem to lend support to two points of view:
1. As indicated by Dick, if I may paraphrase, serious papers tend to
treat the topic in a lighthearted fashion, and coverage is superficial
at best.
2. As I indicated in a post on this thread a couple of days ago: 'Organs
like the NY Times are happy to cover such stories (especially during the
silly season while news is slow and the Perseids neatly explain
everything) when they can write about the controversy surrounding them
rather than critically examining the merits of the data that give rise
to that controversy.'

No need to search for 'sympathetic' treatment, because you won't
even find anything 'objective' where the Washington Post (or NY
Times, or similar) has actually made a serious commitment to
applying its own investigative resource to the issue.

In the context of actually breaking a story (which is where we
started, if you recollect), this means that there is no chance.

What you actually see is fairly lazy formulaic hack work,
whereby the journalist reacts to a press release (usually passed
down by an editorial manager) by going into a shared file of
'rent-a-quote' usual suspects whose generally ill-informed
comments will pad out the piece. From there a sub-editor will
take the copy and ensure that its final appearance does nothing
to violate the house tone on the topic.

End result? Scant enlightenment for those who look to the
mainstream 'quality' press for guidance on this and similar
matters.


Gerald O'Connell



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