Date: Tue Feb 22 1994 19:37:58
From: David Bloomberg
Subj: Fox show
I can't believe this show. How many debunked UFOs can they fit in one hour?
And I'm not just talking about those debunked by horrible evil skeptics, but by
Even Bill Knell, believer and cheerleader extraordinaire, doesn't believe the
Long Island case (for his opinion on it, FReq UFOFAKE.KNL).
Then there is that recurring Carp case. How many times can a single case be
debunked and still come back to life?? I wonder how many times Oeschler has
had to change his story. When he was on either Unsolved Mysteries or
Sightings, he admitted that the "Canadian government documents" were obvious
fakes, and it cast a shadow over the whole case. In this show, he TOTALLY
avoided that point, and even used them to SUPPORT the case. If that is the
kind of "honesty" he regularly exhibits, it's no wonder he is not well-liked in
the UFO community.
All in all, this show ranks right up there with a Sun Pictures production in
terms of research quality (for those not familiar with Sun Pictures, that is
NOT a compliment), and should never have even made it to TV.
It looks like Don Ecker, of UFO Magazine, was quite correct in his prediction,
made on ParaNet when discussing this show:
Date: Thu Feb 10 1994 22:42:00
From: Don Ecker
Subj: Fox Tv Special
A recent message read;
> On Tuesday February 22, 1994 from 7pm to 8pm central time, FOX will air
> > a brand-new special titled ENCOUNTERS: THE UFO CONSPIRACY. This in-depth
> > <...>
Actually, the Fox program was put together by the same people that did the
cancelled "Sightings" program, the Berkley Group. Unfortunately the upcoming
program is the same schlock that Sightings carried. 2 of the three cases are
highly questionable at best. The cases? The Long Island "crash case" that has
been touted by the Long Island UFO Network, the "Guardian" case that was
identified several years ago here on ParaNet as hoax, and finally the Puerto
Rican "sightings" that Jorge Martin, the best known investigator in PR, has
refused to sign the releases for FOX. His reason? He called us at UFO Magazine
complaining about how unprofessional the crew filming was, and the fear that
they had trivialized his investigations. I do not hold any hope for the show.