Chinese Media To U.S. Regarding UFO Coverage: Grow A Pair
China's People's Daily Online, the official news agency of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in China (CPC), is reporting that two students photographed a UFO above the city of Pingyao September 22 while taking nightscape photos during the 10th Pingyao International Photography Festival.
Over a 40-minute period, the students snapped roughly 200 pictures of the UFO, which they described as "a sphere with two flickering columns on its two sides," but which could not be seen with the naked eye.
The only published image, shown here, does not impress. Grainy and indistinct, it's typical of the vast majority of UFO photos.
But the real story isn't the photo. It's People's Daily's persistent willingness to report UFO sightings without flip comment, specious hypothesis, de rigueur debunker counterpoint, or meteorological speculation.
The People's Daily headline is straightforward: "UFO photographed over ancient Chinese city. " Not "Purported UFO..." Not even "Suspected UFO..."
There's no reference to Little Green Men and no evidence of any invitation extended to air traffic controllers, military spokespeople or government officials to make official non-statements.
It's just so ... so ... Un-American.
If two students attending a photography festival in the United States were to tell the local media that they'd photographed a UFO, it's a virtual certainty that they'd be either ignored or made a laughing stock. Substance abuse, at a minimum, would be assumed and implied.
So why does China handle the topic so differently?
And why don't we?
Maybe it's because, when you get right down to it, we really do know everything worth knowing.
Previous China UFO coverage at Technorati
- Third UFO-Related Airport Shutdown In China This Year (September 21, 2010) - Baotou Airport reroutes flights for almost an hour after UFO detected in vicinity
- More UFO Love For China, This Time In Zhejiang Province (September 6, 2010) - Haining City television reporters capture distant UFO on camera
- Chinese astronomer claims some UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin (August 27, 2010) - Respected member of Chinese scientific community makes no bones about the existence of UFOs
- Time magazine debunks China UFOs, ignores obvious questions (August 23, 2010) - Time explains China UFOs as private airplanes flying without flight plans
- China's second mass UFO sighting in two weeks (July 21, 2010) - Lantern-like objects hover over Chongqing's Shaping Park
- UFOs cause flight delays in China (July 12, 2010) - Xiaoshan Airport in Zeijiang Province shut down for several hours