The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-Up Paperback – 1 Dec 2000
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The multiple references Hansen utilises with immense forensic detail to demonstrate his thesis will destroy forever any ideas you may have of the 'credible' mainstream media as 'objective' or reporting stories most people would consider to be important or vital.
The title of the book is a pun on Budd Hopkins' classic 1981 analysis of the abduction phenomenon, 'Missing Time,' and the cover image shows a typically-shaped classic UFO cut-out of newspaper - i.e. 'The Times' and what is missing from the daily reporting in such supposed bastions of journalistic respectability.
The author demonstrates in great detail how military and intelligence agencies systematically and intentionally shape public opinion by information management, sometimes for decades at a time.Read more ›
The amount of reshearch & solid information in this book is unreal, How Terry Hansen managed to piece all this together in such a professional way is such a credit to him as a man.
After reading The Missing Times, You find yourself thinking how is this book not a best seller with many awards, & the worst thing about it is he's passed away so this is his only book.
If the masses was to read this book I'm convinced that they would understand how secrecy about UFOs & other top secret things inside Goverments are kept secret.
The way he unearths the facts about UFO secrecy through his careful review of Goverment propaganda & censorship about the UFO phenomenon is amazing to say the least.
He show how they use every trick in the book whenever the Goverment need to protect anything they class as national security is involved, & UFOs is top of the list for national security.
I've always wondered why UFOs get such negative & hostile treatment from the Main Strean Media & such public clear debunking by angry so called skeptics & now it all adds up after reading this book.
Everything falls into place & you know without a shadow of a doubt that they are trying to fool the public by the way they report anything about UFOs.
Instead of doing honest, open reporting of UFO encounters across the world, they either fail to report or investigate these events in a honest way or they just debunk the event with no scientific grounds or any investigation, followed by mocking the subject.
If you don't believe that it happens or could happen don't take my word for it, buy the book & come to your own shocking conclustions.Read more ›
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Local media, without strong connections to Washington D.C., corporate ties to defense contractors or heavy infiltration from intelligence agencies are shown to be less likely to present the government viewpoint, and may present more accurate information on any number of subjects, including UFOs.
A picture then evolves of the complicit relationship that exists between the government and the media. Through historical review, Mr. Hansen demonstrates how the press follows a government line when it comes to issues of secrecy and national security.
What happens when we insert UFOs into this equation? The answer is a perfect fit; the national media treats UFOs exactly as it does other subjects deemed to be of great national security importance and secrecy. This fact is skillfully demonstrated through an examination of UFO incursions over nuclear missile silos near Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. Unidentified objects could enter and leave restricted airspace with impunity. Such incidents have obvious national security implications. Widely reported in the local media, these astonishing and well-documented incidents were ignored by the national media until much later. Could the media have been influenced by a government that, despite their protests to the contrary, knows full well that UFOs are a national security issue?
Mr. Hansen goes out of his way to avoid speculation, and seems to be calling his fellow citizens not to believe in UFOs, but to be skeptical about what the national media, as a front for the government, tells us about them. It is a wise lesson that you won't forget.
The Missing Times is written with clarity and journalistic integrity. It is not a hastily written UFO book full of anecdotes and fuzzy pictures. It is objective reporting of the undeniable relationships between the government, the media, and you. It is also one of the most heavily footnoted books I have ever read, providing proof of the depth of research that went into it. If the Pulitzer Prize were given for merit, quality, insightful analysis and relevance, journalist Terry Hansen would have one on his bookshelf right now.
While the book is a superb case study of how significant UFO events, well-reported at local levels, are either altered, marginalized or completely censored by the national media, the real value of the book goes much further. It provides a solidly documented expose of how our world view is shaped by forces not even imagined by most Americans; how the claim of "national security" has been invoked to hide from the public not only legitimate defense-related information, but incompetence, dishonesty and illegal activity as well.
It's a shame that this book will likely be read by a relatively small number of people, mostly those with an interest in UFOs. It should be required reading for every journalism student in the country. In fact, it should be read by anyone who still believes in our system of democracy. It will inform, shock and anger.
The book is totally free of speculative "conspiracy theories," but it does contain one sensational revelation: a memo discovered in the Smithsonian Institution archives proves that a CBS news "documentary" debunking UFOs (narrated by the revered Walter Cronkite) was done with the collusion of the Central Intelligance Agency.
This is a work of major importance not just on the history of UFOs, but on the history of America in the 20th Century. With the prospect of yet another war looming on the horizon and the news coverage of the preparations for war already at a fever pitch in some news media, the book may also be highly relevant to this new century as history threatens to repeat itself.
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