UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Researchers vs Reporters

Kevin Randle has an excellent précis at his blog about what UFO researchers should be doing and why.


Click HERE to access his blog

Mr. Randle, it seems, is trying to ameliorate and/or correct, with his new Roswell Dream Team, some of the slovenly research attempts of the past by UFO investigators.

We applaud his effort(s).

But we are not researchers, and have never professed to be. The RRRGroup is a small contingent of fellows in media, which you can find online at our MediaWatch Facebook page, Twitter, and in Google searches.


Our goal is to act as reporters, not researchers.

We try to find stories that impact our readers in various venues; one of them is here, our UFO venue.

We, and I use the editorial we, as I edit all copy and present it online for consistency, as Montaigne suggested in his essays, even though some of it, even most of it, comes from others.

(I do slight – slight! -- editing of Tony Bragalia’s pieces, and have carte blanche to edit Jose Caravaca’s copy – to alleviate his trouble with some English idioms, but I never edit Nick Redfern’s copy – he would kill me.)

Other material that is suggested and proffered by the RRRGroup guys gets the Reynolds treatment, and that’s that.

And that treatment is reportorial.

(I have been a reporter for more years than some of you have lived.)

I try to bring the who, what, when, why, and how to readers here.

I vet superficially, checking for provenance, names, dates, locales and the like. I don’t do a forensic search, as a researcher will or must do.

That’s what Mr. Randle is hoping to do in his current incarnation as a UFO researcher.

I, on the other hand, wish to bring readers here, what I know now, which is what I have done for years as a newspaper guy and sometimes TV correspondent.

I want to present what I know now, not what I will know a while from now.

The basics will be accurate I hope, but the details will not be forensic perhaps.

This goes to the heart of the alleged new Roswell discovery.

I know the basics. Mr. Randle and his Team are working on the details, to nail down what really is and what isn’t.

That is a splendid goal and I have been somewhat disruptive, but I’m acting as a reporter, getting the news out there as it is happening.

I don’t have the patience of acumen of a researcher.

I want to know what’s happening in the present, and I want you to know also.

Mr. Randle wants to cross his T’s and dot his I’s. That is good, for him and for the folly known as ufology.

I have quelled my reporter’s instinct in the Roswell matter, however, mostly to assuage the ongoing effort of the Roswell Dream Team. I want them to succeed in whatever endeavor is afoot.

So, understand that my goal, our goal as the RRRGroup, is journalistic, not scientific investigation.

I’ll give you the overlay, others will have to provide the underbelly.



  • Not everyone is waiting with baited breath for the big announcement. Since it's coming from a gang of "usual suspects" who played a role in creating the miasma in the first place, it's pedigree is highly dubious, anyway.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • Yes, PG, there is a foregone taint, but I'm giving the group the benefit of the doubt.

    Tony Bragalia is on the Dream Team, and he is a man with the highest of integrity.

    I think he and Mr. Randle will play fair and truthful with what's up, or down, as the case may be.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • purrlgurrl

    For future reference the term is 'bated'.

    By Blogger Ross Evans, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • hello rich, last post of KR was very balanced such as a peer review journal's editorial.
    however, you are right too, so you must continue to pursue the truth, like and old style reporter.
    heia safari!

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • The only qualification to your self described journalistic aims on the subject that I have enjoyed is your prodding of sleeping. The Dream Team is a diversion among diversions that reflects the past and present as being joined at the hip and stuck in a archivists domain. Call it a footnote among footnotes, and a microcosm of the general inertia on the subject, that leads to an obsessive and pragmatic sleight of hand played on oneself, to think getting the facts right will re-balance or reinterpret the phenomenon in some meaningful way. Harmless and more than quaint in a naive sort of charming way. No need to sharpen any pencils for the endless roll of script that is our entanglement with abstractions has no beginning nor an end.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • For future reference the term 'baited breath' refers to eating worms.

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • I love worms, Kurt. They're sweet and gummy. Oh, you mean the other kind.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

  • @purrlgurrl

    > it's coming from a gang of "usual suspects"

    I would except Chris Rutkowski from that label. He is not invested in Roswell being ET.

    If you see him drop out of the dream team, then you know it's a sham (or that he just couldn't take the endless stream of two-part emails from Rudiak).

    Chris Rutkowski: Canada's sensible ufologist.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Saturday, July 27, 2013  

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