Dave’s Write Away
By Dave Scott, Host, Spaced Out Radio
Journalism: Pro’s vs Joe’s And George Knapp
Take the heat both Knapp and Jeremy Corbell have received after providing the latest, and most thought-provoking video of a triangular shaped UFO, which has been confirmed as authentic by the Pentagon. In this video, we see a triangle flying over a US Navy war ship off the coast of San Diego California in July of 2019. This video, taken with a night vision camera, shows this triangle with a flashing beacon light which could be a plane we’ve never seen before or a drone. However, Corbell and Knapp were able to get confirmation publicly from officials at the Pentagon that this indeed was an unknown object in the sky. But if you look closely at the video, you will see more than one of those same triangles in the video. Two of them are stationary, just sitting there, hovering in the sky. Now this is easy to dismiss as drones. Maybe secret drones? We don’t know. We can only go on the confirmation of the Pentagon’s official press secretary, Susan Gough, who’s tried to railroad every UAP story that’s come her way, and what Knapp and Corbell’s sources say. Could they be drones? Absolutely! But then the government itself would be lying to the public after allowing this video to be released as unknown aerial phenomenon. We also know in the reports that were released that there were multiple craft that were seen teasing the three ships, including one hovering about sixty feet above a helicopter deck. Now, in my opinion, if they were adversarial to say the least, the US Navy had every right to protect itself and shoot these craft down. However, they did not. Which begs the question as to why they didn’t? If they were manmade from a country like China or Russia, would firing on them cause an international incident? What we don’t know is what happened or how were these drones maneuvering around the ships during that time. We have 18-seconds of video to analyze more harshly than the Zapruder film of President Kennedy’s assassination. We do know these craft were seen and recorded traveling at Mach speed without the sonic boom that usually follows when breaking the sound barrier. Knapp and Corbell would have done their due diligence on perfecting a story this sensitive as much as possible before putting their names on it and releasing it to the public at large. This is how reputations are made, maintained or crushed.
This is why I have such a hard time with so many people in the UFO world calling themselves ‘journalists’. Those who have self-titled themselves as a journalist have no idea the difference between real reporting and blogging or vlogging. This is why I take offense to people who question ethics of longtime scribes and reporters like Knapp, questioning their ethics, when they have no idea how reporting works. Some stories take months to get the information right. I know I’ve personally been working on a big UFO story that I can’t release yet, because I have all of the pieces of the puzzle but no official quote. Sometimes that can take days, weeks or even months. Right now, I’m in the ‘months’, in trying to get the quote to get the story released. Many of these so-called citizen journalists out there have no idea how to even process a story of that nature. Look, there are some good ones out there. Tim McMillan has done great work in honing the craft. Danny Silva has become a person of trust for many sources. Ryan Stacey has done a great job digging for UFO news. We have some good ones out there. The rest, well, if they understood the job title, they’ve given themselves, then they’d know that writing an actual story isn’t about just writing an op-ed on one’s thoughts of the topic. A real story takes real work and hours of phone calls and digging for intel that lines up correctly for what you need. I say this not to knock those who are trying. I say this because sometimes the truth stings a little, and many in the UFO world need humbling every now and again.
If you want the information to come out properly, you need to be able to trust people like George Knapp and others who know how journalism works to get the stories out. They are doing the best they can with what they’re able to get out when they can. The pros like Knapp, Leslie Kean, Ralph Blumenthal, et al, are going to make sure their sources and their information is 100 percent legit before throwing it out to the UFO wolves to rip apart and shred into pieces. These are people who’ve done the dirty work. They’ve done their homework. Their editors have been brought in to verify the story, so the news outlet is clean on the story. Sometimes even lawyers are involved to make sure the journalism is safe, sound, and ethical. If you want journalists like Knapp and Kean to be a part of the UFO field, stop throwing them under the bus every chance you get. It doesn’t help. They don’t work for you. They have positions as trusted journalists because they’re damn good at what they do. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with them, or their stories. But show the respect for how hard the work is to keep that small trickle of information flowing. I can guarantee you they’re doing their best to get it to the public. After all, that is their job.