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The 'CNN Factor'

From: Erik Landahl <cubman1@mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 00:51:28 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 14:55:28 -0400
Subject: The 'CNN Factor'

"All the world's a stage and we are merely players"

But the directors and producers who will decide if the UFO Show
remains an off-off-Broadway comedy or is one day re-written as a
Pulitzer Prize-winning drama are the members of the television
media.  The general public, the politicians, and even hard
working, honest and precise UFO researchers are all merely
players. The public and the politicians are hugely influenced by
whatever viewpoint the television media presents. And serious
UFO researchers are largely powerless as long as the media
ignores them or treats them condescendingly.

Right now, the media powers present UFO Studies as a tongue-in-
cheek, light-hearted fluff story because it is profitable for
them to do so. One of two possibilities will have to occur for
the television media to rewrite its presentation of UFO Studies
and influence the public, the government, and academia to grant
it respectability. 1) A Mulder-esque proof positive physically
touchable alien craft or alien body will have to come into the
open. 2) A hugely famous yet hugely serious and hugely
respectable celebrity will have to begin making public
pronouncements about how very respectable and serious UFO
Studies are, for whatever reasons (saving democracy, preserving
freedom, ensuring world peace, etc.)

If either 1 or 2 occurs, the television media will rewrite their
presentation of UFO Studies to become serious and respectable
because at this hypothetical point serious and respectable would
become a more profitable way to sell UFO coverage than the
current angle of tongue-in-cheek.

Regarding Scenario 1, for instance, Kevin Randle has amassed
enough solid evidence through his years of research to likely
reach a verdict of guilty for the U.S. government if the Roswell
UFO cover-up was on trial in an American courtroom. People have
been convicted of murder on one-tenth the evidence that Randle
has discovered. But Dr. Randle unfortunately does not have an
alien vehicle in his possession and waiting for a CNN crew to

Scenario 2 would occur, for example, if Tom Brokaw or Bernard
Shaw decided to do a serious and open-minded study of Roswell or
Area 51. The celebrity-driven television media would jump on
this chance to rewrite their UFO Studies presentation with a
respectable angle because a Brokaw or a Shaw or comparable
"serious and respectable" celebrity would be a sufficiently
powerful vehicle to inspire the media powers to make a change of
viewpoint. Once the television media's viewpoint on UFOs is
rewritten to be serious and respectable, then the public's and
the politicians' viewpoints will follow along accordingly like
bleating sheep following a shepherd. And the shepherd will
likely lead them to the works of serious UFO researchers.

I am just an average Joe who pays attention to you heavy hitters
via your books and this list. But this is what I see from the
outside looking in.

Keep up the great work and don't ever give up.


Erik Landahl

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