Sunday, January 27, 2008


CNN - Original Air Date: January 24, 2008

Larry King and company went at the Stephenville UFO sightings for a second time. The main difference this time around was that the believers outnumbered the skeptics only 3 to 1 (rather than about 12 to 1, previously). On the skeptical side was Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine. No offense to Larry's last skeptic, but Michael is a much better spokesman for his side. For their part, the UFO crowd (minus Stanton Freidman this time) was less shrill, though no less passionate. And like Michael, all of them had books and/or films to promote. (Or nearly all.) There weren't a lot of telling points on either side. How could there be when King keeps interrupting the proceedings with questions like: Michael, why do you insist that these people haven't seen what they claim. To which Shermer would reply: I don't deny what they've seen, I only dispute their conclusions that what they saw were alien spacecraft. And so, the sides talk at cross purposes. Again, CNN played numerous UFO clips of dubious origins -- without any labeling at all.

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