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February 13, 2005

ABC News to Air UFO Program

I received an email recently from a company asking me whether I would like to post a banner ad for an upcoming ABC News special, Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs -- Seeing Is Believing. It will air on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC.

On Feb. 24, "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs — Seeing Is Believing" takes a fresh look at the UFO phenomenon. "As a journalist," says Jennings, "I began this project with a healthy dose of skepticism and as open a mind as possible. After almost 150 interviews with scientists, investigators and with many of those who claim to have witnessed unidentified flying objects, there are important questions that have not been completely answered — and a great deal not fully explained."

That last line -- "there are important questions that have not been completely answered — and a great deal not fully explained" -- would seem to imply that this is not going to be a 100% skeptical program.

So, should I advertise a program that, it appears, will not cover the topic well? On the other hand, having skeptics watch the program would make it easier to discuss it intelligently with those who are a bit more gullible. And, of course, simply by blogging about it, I am in effect advertising it. Lastly, by participating in Google's AdSense program, I inevitably wind up advertising plenty of things that I don't agree with. (At the moment, most of the ads are about creationist and Intelligent Design web sites.)

I probably won't take them up on their offer to run a banner ad, more out of inertia (I've got a 2 month old baby to deal with) than on principle.

Link: ABC News: The UFO Phenomenon -- Seeing Is Believing.

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from the ABC News page: "Almost 50 percent of Americans, according to recent polls, and millions of people elsewhere in the world believe that UFOs are real." Slightly over 50 percent of Americans believe that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was responsible for 9/11... according to the polls.

Posted by: Kevin Breen | Feb 15, 2005 10:43:14 PM

you should have posted the banner , the show was excellent

Posted by: kate | Feb 25, 2005 11:43:03 AM

There was one skeptic on the Larry King ufo special with about 5 authorities and Larry gave more time to the skeptic than he did to the authoritives. When something of truth was about to bbe said, Larry had to take a break.

Posted by: doug duke | Aug 7, 2007 11:20:16 PM

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