The UFO story has really gone mainstream, crossing the threshold of acceptability in the media. The last month has seen almost daily features over a variety of news platforms including heavy-hitters like 60 Minutes and The New Yorker. Just this last weekend has been a whirlwind, with a new revelations and a new leaked UFO video from the Navy. Let’s take a look at some of the new stories and media features.
In April, NBC did a feature on the tic-tac story with another interview with pilot David Fravor and touched on some other relevant points of the Navy sightings with the obligatory appearance of Lu Elizondo and discussion about the recent developments.
In a sign that the government is finally starting to get serious about the UFO question, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has announced the launch of a formal evaluation into The Pentagon’s actions regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAP. You can read the whole story in this article from The Debrief.
The May 10, 2021 issue of the New Yorker has a great, well-balanced, and in-depth story that attempts to provide context for the current situation. It’s a long read, but if you are new to the national UFO story, this is a quality piece of journalism that provides a perspective and analysis. Read “How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously” by Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The write-up provides a great crash course and a who’s-who to help decipher the current UFO dialogue.
The New Yorker released an accompanying podcast titled “Are UFOs a National Security Threat“. Together with the article, these resources bring the power of balanced, sober-minded journalism to an otherwise sensationalism-driven subject.
Speaking of the New Yorker piece, The Hill featured an interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus discussing his research and the surprising shift in media attitude toward the formally taboo subject.
On Friday 5/15, Jeremy Korbell and George Knapp’s Mystery Wire leaked another legitimate UFO video, this one shot from the control room of the USS Omaha. It shows a UFO off the coast of California dip into the ocean while Navy personal attempt to track its path. The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of the video, and a descent audio track lets us listen in on the Navy sailors trying to understand the object.
In anticipation of the 60 Minutes piece, CBS Sunday Morning featured a story titled “Something in the air: The increased attention to UFOs,” which has an interview with journalist Leslie Kean, Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb, and Astronomer Seth Shostak of Seti.
The 60 Minutes story didn’t break any new ground or make any new disclosures, but it did bring the second pilot from the now-famous tic-tac incident in front of the camera, raising the credibility of that story. More importantly, the story shoved the entire discussion into primetime mainstream media credibility. This link has the story with a transcript. You can watch the whole segment below:
As we draw nearer to the June deadline for the Pentagon report to the Senate on UAP activity, we can expect to see more stories coming out. Rumor has it that there’s going to be some fresh newspaper content in the coming weeks. Whatever the case may be, we’ll keep you up to date at UFOdays.net because these really are UFO Days like we haven’t seen in a generation.
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