From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:08:56 -0500 Archived: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:08:56 -0500 Subject: Klass Act No Principles Source: Billy Cox' Blog De Void http://tinyurl.com/8793hjt Monday, February 20, 2012 Klass Act, No Principles by Billy Cox A blast from the past animated the blogosphere earlier this month when a buddy of famed Fire In The Sky UFO abductee Travis Walton accused a dead debunker of attempted bribery. Steve Pierce said he - Pierce - had been offered $10k to say Walton had hoaxed the whole thing back in 1975. De Void has no insight into this moot and meaningless kerfuffle. But De Void knew Phil Klass, the target of the allegation. Or rather, De Void talked to Klass on a number of occasions, because Klass was always the go-to guy journos contacted whenever they drew the short straw and had to write about UFOs. He seemed the logical choice. As senior editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology, Klass was Mr. Insider, the establishment's sensible "reality check" authority you could always count on for "balance." Klass never met a UFO he couldn't explain, and he made it his life's calling to reassure the Fourth Estate they were wasting their time, that they'd be better served chasing rocs and griffins. Klass was a prolific writer who dismissed the Walton controversy as confabulation in his 1983 book UFOs: The Public Deceived. De Void was just beginning this forlorn and dreary journey back then. No reason for a newbie to doubt him. Except for, well, maybe this one case in Klass' book concerning three people who suffered acute UFO radiation burns in Texas in 1980. Klass' take on what became known as the Cash-Landrum incident stopped me cold. Because I'd actually done my homework on that one. And that's when I got that first queasy feeling that the American press was routinely quoting a man who had a pathological disregard for truth. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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