by Cheryl Costa July 13, 2018 (syracusenewtimes.com)
• A 2012 National geographic poll revealed that 80 percent of Americans don’t believe the government when they say that there is no such thing as UFOs or extraterrestrials. The infamous New York Times article of last December revealed that the government/military had a formal program to monitor UFO activity. That article in December was to open the door to public disclosure of the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrials visiting our planet. But that didn’t happen.
• The main problem is that the news media is still reluctant to discuss the topic seriously. They aren’t sure what position to take. Most barely grasp the context and implications of the issue. So instead they either take the safe ground and admit that there must be some “bacterial life out there somewhere”, or revert to joking and ridicule and talk about “little green men”.
• On May 30th, The Washington Post published a story with the headline: “UFOs are suddenly a serious news story. You can thank the guy from Blink-182 for that.” This emboldened this article’s writer to lobby media outlets in New York state to report on reported sightings in the state. New York state had moved from the sixth position to fourth in the United States for UFO sighting reports.
• Buffalo and Erie County both ranked No. 3 within New York state, and in the Top 100 counties for UFO sightings of more than 3,000 counties in the United States. Monroe County also ranked nationally in the Top 100 counties. This writer pitched the story to Buffalo’s ABC affiliate WKBW, as well as the NBC affiliate WGRZ and their Fox outlet WUTV and was met with silence. She pitched the idea to the news director at ABC affiliate WHAM. He snickered and said he’d present it to his editorial team. Silence. She reached out to WUHF and presented a similar pitch. Silence. She reached out to Albany’s Fox affiliate newsroom. Silence. She pitched to Binghamton’s CBS affiliate WBNG. Silence. She spoke to a newsroom person at Fox affiliate WICZ and she was asked to email them the facts of the pitch. Silence
• At one television station, she called the marketing and sales department and explained the significant demographics related to audience interest, especially with Sweeps Week coming up. She suggested that a locally flavored UFO story would be excellent for the ratings. The nice marketing lady was interested and had their news team call me. When I gave them the same pitch, I was greeted with silence.
• So, if you are not hearing about UFOs from your local television or radio news team, it’s because they’ve bought into the notion that UFOs are the topic matter of kooks and crackpots, and they do not want to be labeled as “that UFO news director or news reporter.” Still, 220 million Americans would prefer to hear the truth about UFOs and the ET presence.
People ask me all the time why the government won’t come clean about UFOs and perhaps the ET presence. After all, based on a 2012 National Geographic poll, 80 percent of Americans think the government is not being square with the American people.
After the Dec. 16, 2017, New York Times and Politico revelation that the Pentagon had a formal program for monitoring UFOs with regard to military bases and fleet operations, the story took the news media by storm. There was a major news cycle about the Pentagon effort, the congressional folks who got them the money and the videos that were released.
A lot of UFO disclosure activists hailed Dec. 16 as the starting point for a new era of openness and expected an information avalanche about all things UFO. It just didn’t happen.
I’m still waiting for the offices of New York’s U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to answer my correspondence. It has been more than a year.
But the real problem with UFO and ET disclosure in America is with the Fourth Estate, a.k.a. the Media.
The talking heads on some of America’s most popular daytime programs and news talk networks were unprepared for that Dec. 16 story. They seemed to be at a loss to discuss the topic intelligently, as they stumbled for words to express their thoughts. Most of them were barely grasping the context and implications.
Most defaulted to “Little Green Talk.” When asked their opinion whether there was alien life, more than a dozen news hosts either said “no” or simply took the safe ground with comments like, “Oh, I suspect there is bacterial life out there somewhere.” Nobody on any of these programs wanted to be the newsperson who believes in little green men.
But there is another very painful and telling reality: News producers and their on-camera broadcasters really didn’t want to talk about the UFO subject beyond the immediate story about the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).
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