Washington Post: Why Assign a Non-believer To UFO Coverage?_Featured_, UFO Saturday, July 28th, 2012
By Shepard Johnson, Letter to the Editor
July 27, 2012
(Washington Post) Regarding John Kelly’s July 22 Metro column, “The time when the city thought aliens had descended”:
He could have done a little research and written a sincere treatment of the UFO phenomenon, which is still mired by a lack of scientific inquiry and a mainstream press that chooses the sensational over facts and eyewitness reports.
Nowhere in the 1952 Post article Kelly wrote about did reporter Paul Sampson speculate that the aerial phenomena might be related to visitation from intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, but Kelly inserted his assumptions about prevailing views with regard to “aliens” piloting the alleged craft.
As to the official stance that a “weather inversion” created the phenomena, The Post reported in 1952, “A traffic control center spokesman said the nature of the signals on the radar screen ruled out any possibility they were from clouds or any other ‘weather’ disturbance.”
The sightings were one of the most significant reports of UFOs in the nation’s history and spawned an inquiry by the CIA. Like it or not, the UFO phenomenon is a part of our cultural and military history and should be treated with a little more objectivity and a little less contempt.