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Klass Act No Principles

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


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]

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