by Sean Stubblefield
On January 17, CNN reported recent UFO sightings in Stephensville, Texas. They actually investigated, then wrote and posted online an article about town folk seeing UFOs in the night sky. My first reaction was to wonder why.
Why report on UFOs? Why now, or ever?
And why CNN? What was their motivation?
Last I heard, UFOs were still a subject of ridicule… relegated to science fiction and the lunatic fringe in the mainstream opinion. Relatively few people believe these reports or take them seriously. At least publicly, and then maybe not without some embarrassment, and possibly self-defense.
Even those who accept the probability of alien life often receive these stories tentatively or skeptically. Although various polls in the last 10 years reveal that well over half the world’s population believes alien life is possible, if not actual (me among them).
The fact that CNN is reporting on UFO sightings appears to infer either legitimacy to the UFO report and sightings, or illegitimacy to CNN. This move either adds credibility to the sightings or diminishes the credibility of CNN.
Not to say that UFOs and aliens are not legitimate or newsworthy topics, per se. Only that most people within the mainstream— which CNN is-- don’t usually regard them as valid or serious. If the mainstream does accept them as topics of discussion or investigation, it is often as mere sideshow amusement, or hypothetical fiction.
But certainly, UFO sightings are nothing new, and the details of this report are consistent with numerous other similar reports over the last 60-ish years. My own UFO sighting many moons ago resembles what these people saw (or “allegedly” saw?). We’ve been hearing about UFOs, alien abductions and visitations for decades— even from what are generally considered credible and respectable sources bold enough to deal with the subject matter… and still the common
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