Friday, February 15, 2013

An Introduction to The Resistance


 
By Lorin Cutts

 
Sometime around the middle of 2012 I began to notice that a colleague of mine at the Global Radio Alliance, Chase Kloetzke, was leaving remarks on Facebook about being fed up with how the mainstream media mishandles serious paranormal and UFO research. Chase's comments were notable given her impressive credentials in this subject: 20 years with the Department of Defense, and then serving as the manager of the MUFON Star Team during a difficult transitional period for the organization.  

I wondered what had happened to Chase to make her so critical of the media. The UFO subject has definitely had an uncomfortable relationship with the mainstream media; more often than not it is seen as entertainment rather than serious news worthy of the investigative coverage afforded to other subjects. Chase's views struck a chord with me, since I have had several negative experiences with media coverage of this subject.  In 1996 a case I was investigating had been sold to the general public by the mainstream press as nothing more than the planet Venus, and a multiple radar return was explained away as a cathedral spire. There are obviously thousands of tales just like this and it begs two questions:  is this part of a cohesive cover up of unexplainable event data and, if so, how is this being executed on such a large scale?

Chase Kloetske
With all of this in mind, I approached Chase in October and suggested we form an official campaign ... and The Resistance was born. We launched a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/kloetzkecutts) right before I went on a trip abroad for a few weeks.  The timing was awkward, but offered a twist of fate as one of the people I would be staying with in London is an executive at the BBC… "sleeping with the enemy" as my friend Race Hobbs put it!
After talking to Chase about the experiences that formed her views I learned that, that among many other things, Chase was approached about a year ago regarding the filming of a pilot for a TV show– as then untitled.

"They sent me over the script and I was like – you have to be kidding me. They wanted me in a tank top and waist level in a river – pretending there were snakes in there to add drama as we went about our UFO investigation." Chase Kloetzke

A suspiciously similar TV show was aired in the summer of 2012 – possibly one of the least credible and most over the top UFO shows ever created by the mainstream media – Chasing UFOs.  Is this really the kind of garbage that we have to endure over such a potential significant subject?
In May of 2012, Renegade Productions, a production company working under contract to the BBC received a lot of attention after most of the 12 participants and film crew were detained facedown at gunpoint at a security gate within the Area 51 facility in Nevada. They had all ignored the "use of deadly force authorized" signs and were within the base perimeter.  This event and the documentary "UFO Conspiracy Road Trip" received some attention in the national press in the UK and in the UFO research community and I asked my executive friend from the BBC (who prefers not to be named) about this sorry episode.

"What everyone has to realize is that any documentary that is being made for BBC3 isn’t going to be a serious documentary. The demographic for this channel is early 20’s up to 35 and a documentary about UFOs on BBC3 was never going to be a serious documentary – it is going to be purely for entertainment".

The presenter of the documentary, comedian Andrew Maxwell, seemed to believe that this was more than just entertainment. “Luckily, when the sheriffs turned up this deputy had a sense of humour. It had been rung through to him that I was an Irish comedian leading these UFO nutjobs, that I didn’t believe any of it and was there to DEBUNK it for the BBC.” (reference: http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.fi/2012/10/presenter-of-truthseeking-bbc-ufo-show.html)
This just adds insult to injury: putting the lives of UFO experiencers and researchers at risk under the pretext of entertainment, which is then used to attempt debunk the subject? It’s not hard to see why getting involved in such projects is potentially very damaging for the seriousness and credibility of this subject.

Richard Dolan did an excellent expose of this whole affair on his "Truth Out Radio" show.  His interview with Franky Ma, the only participant who did not get detained at Area 51, is available on the Global Radio Alliance’s archives at http://www.globalradioalliance.com
At the opposite end of the scale was the well-made and sadly missed "UFO Hunters". One of the stars of this show, Pat Uskert, was one of the first people to join our campaign.  Pat has said that the finished version of the show was vastly different from his original demo called "UFO Road Trip". (This is available to view on YouTube and it's interesting to make a comparison between the two shows.)  Pat was critical of his experience of being put through the TV Machine: 
"What is happening on TV is designed entirely around ratings. It is sensationalism to attract bigger audiences for more advertising. You won't find truth there."

Peter Robbins
Peter Robbins has also done some sterling work regarding the historical aspect of UFOs and their treatment in the mainstream media. He has lectured extensively on this subject and his data indicates that there does appear to be a very clear campaign to misinform the public via the mainstream media from the very birth of the modern UFO era. Peter says “But what they are is another question. A question, it seems, which is never accorded the courtesy of an honest answer. And so the shell game has continued down through the decades."
We need to change this.  We aren't calling for a boycott of mainstream media participation, but we can all exercise judgment when approached to appear on TV, documentaries, and other media projects.  If you feel passionately about this subject and want to see it presented in a serious and respectful way, then don’t participate in shows that are going to bring the subject into disrepute.  Let’s all be mindful and not contribute  - as much as feasibly possible - to anything that could potentially be a hatchet job or sensationalistic reality TV made strictly for entertainment. They do nothing to advance the credibility of this subject, and provide ammunition for people who want to ridicule it.

Don’t become complicit in the cover up.  Utilize alternative media sources as much as possible. We all have a responsibility to take this subject out of the tabloid hit pieces and find other ways to get it into the homes of everyday people so it is shown in a respectful and serious light.   We know there is an enormous interest in this subject:  Google currently returns over 248 million hits on the search term "UFO".  It’s time to wake up and get serious about the media’s mishandling of what is potentially the biggest story of our time.

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