CBS TV 1966 Special – Walter Cronkite Reports, UFO’s Friend, Foe Or Fantasy?

CBS TV’s 1966 Special “UFOs: Friend, Foe or Fantasy?”, presented by America’s top newsman Walter Cronkite (“the most trusted man in America” to deliver the news), which deals with the famous Michigan 1966 wave of UFO sightings.

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The multiple sightings by responsible citizens prompted then House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich. (and later US President) to call for Congressional hearings on the subject.

Media spin: Like many other UFO presentations on television, the CBS 1966 UFO special was primarily another attempt to dismiss UFOs. It was criticized for “bait and switch” techniques, as well as inaccurate and misleading presentations.

Perhaps the most unambiguous evidence of the agenda behind the 1966 CBS broadcast, is a personal letter by astronomer Dr. Thornton Page (who appears together with Carl Sagan), discovered in the Smithsonian archives by biochemist Dr. Michael D. Swords. The 1966 letter, addressed to former Robertson Panel Secretary Frederick C. Durant, confides that Page “helped organize the CBS TV show around the Robertson Panel conclusions”.

For those who don’t know the background, the Robertson Panel was commissioned by the CIA in 1952 to look into UFOs and among others recommended that the mass media be used for UFO “debunking” via a public relations campaign, using psychologists familiar with mass psychology, astronomers and assorted celebrities to significantly reduce public interest in UFOs. Page’s letter indicates that it was still putting a negative spin on UFO news at least 13 years after the panel met.

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