Tuesday, August 04, 2020

UFOs / UAP and The Hot Mess at the New York Times

UFOs / UAP and The Hot Mess at the New York Times

     After listening to Kean and Blumenthal on how hard they had to work to get articles in the NYT, I am completely unimpressed by the latest two articles.

First, whatever was said in the articles caused many of the UFO crowd to go wild saying the Pentagon has admitted they had crashed ET saucers, Lazar is vindicated, the Roswell incident was confirmed. None of the above were exactly in the article. Speculation overran what was written. If the article was not so sloppily written perhaps other newspapers and radical UFO fans would not be so encouraged to jump off the deep end.

By Jan Aldrich
The UFO Chronicles
The retraction on the Harry Reid quote was the first crack. Then, Reid issued a much more conservative statement.

Eric Davis is on record as opposed to Lazar’s story.

Davis is identified as a consultant to the Pentagon.  What actually was missing are several important details. Was he a current consultant? Was he a consultant on UFO?  Did he really say there were crashed saucers known to the Pentagon?

Being a subcontractor on a government contract does not mean someone is a contractor to the Pentagon. Being on the contractor's employment rolls does not mean someone is a contractor. Maybe a fine point, but necessary in this discussion.

While the authors said elsewhere that they were in contact with the NYT Washington bureau. They couldn't identify what committees Eric Davis testified in front of, but I think the Washington bureau may not have been able to find out what was said at the hearings. They, however, probably could confirm what committees took Davis’ testimony.

Former Deputy Asst. Def Sec for Intelligence, Chris Mellon said rather that Davis gave out leads and sources of potential information.

Finally, the follow-up article on the UFO beliefs is ironic as it quotes Margaret Mead. I don't think they knew that Mead advocated serious study of UFOs after another well-known anthropologist and former OSS operative, Dr. Carlton Coon joined NICAP.  In our scanning of the CUFOS files we have not yet encountered correspondence with Mead or Coon.

The articles were not news items.  There was adequate time to vet the articles unlike breaking news.

See Also:

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UFO Gatekeepers: You Shall Not Pass

Do We Believe in UFOs? – Wrong Question

Pentagon’s UFO Unit Will Make Some Findings Public

Senate's Request For a Public Report On UFOs – 'It's Impossible to Overstate The Magnitude of This ... Directive'

Luis Elizondo Responds to The Senate’s Vote on UFOs – VIDEO

US Navy ‘UFO Task Force’ Exists, and Senator Rubio Wants Its Data

Unprecedented Public Report On UFOs Requested From Senate Intel Committee

The US Navy Has a 'UFO Task Force,' As Confirmed By The Senate Intelligence Committee

US Senate Committee Aims To Regulate UFO Information

The Senate Intelligence Committee Votes On Public Analysis of UFOs





  1. Mr. Aldrich uses inapplicable terms here -- "testify," "testimony," "hearings." The July 23 New York Times article did not speak of any congressional "hearing" nor any "testimony," either before or after the article received a stealth edit and two formal corrections. A hearing and a "classified briefing" are two very different things. Moreover, I believe that "classified briefings," the term that was actually used in the article, also was a distortion -- it appears that "Davis met with some interested Senate committee staff and other people" would have been closer to the mark.

  2. I thought my identifying information would appear with my previous comment -- I seem to be having some trouble with this interface. I did not intend to comment anonymously. My point was that a congressional "hearing," which receives "testimony," whether open or closed/classified, is a very different thing from briefing (meeting with) congressional staff, which apparently what Eric Davis did in these instances. I am Douglas D. Johnson, @ddeanjohnson on Twitter.

  3. Good Day Mr. Johnson,

    Thank you for taking time to make comment.

    Jan writes in:

    Yes, that criticism is correct. I should have said briefings. Again, Mellon was there, and his characterization was quite different than the reporting. The point of my article was the vetting of the article and the apparent failure of editorial oversight.


  4. Alas, the New York Times is no longer the self-appointed "Paper of Record". Too many plagiarized articles, outright fabrications and rescinded Pulitzers have made the once mighty Times a fish wrapper trying vainly to trade on its former glory. If one remembers Judith Miller doing Dick Cheney's bidding on Saddam's non-existent WMD's, then you're old enough to see through the facade of the New York Times.

  5. UFO`s are a biological part of a growing planet. The living rock, you do not expect these people to give up what they do not understand and study 24/7? Look at what is living on the bug in my avatar. Notice the triangle rock stuck on it? Just a sample...


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