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Chinese Media To U.S. Regarding UFO Coverage: Grow A Pair

Author: Tim Brosnan
Published: September 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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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.

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Tim Brosnan covers ufology for Technorati. A freelance feature writer, photographer, print designer and performer, he's lived and worked from New England to Florida to California. He's served as marketing director for a small professional theater in …

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