Posts tagged UFO
One of the most enduring political conspiracy theories is the belief that an alien spacecraft crashed at Roswell, NM in 1947, and the episode was kept secret by the US government which has used technology from the wreckage of the craft to reverse-engineer advanced stealth aircraft. There are many reasons to be skeptical of this story…but early newspaper reports did carry official military releases about “UFOs” and “flying disks” which were hastily retracted within days and replaced with innocuous reports of “weather balloons.” (The weather balloon stories later turned out to be false.)
I’m not anxious to revisit the controversy over Area 51, though you are free to do so in comments if you find the topic interesting. What really interests me is the idea of how impossible it would be to report an actual UFO story even if one were a reliable eyewitness. A law of journalism (and human behavior) seems to be that when your story is sufficiently fabulous, the more proof you provide, the less likely you are to be believed.