Five reasons to be skeptical about that New York Times UFO story – – December 20, 2017

“In a shameless attempt to help Tom DeLonge’s money for his music company called TO THE STARS ACADEMY, the New York Times released this so-called UFO video.  It’s being paraded by UFO “elites” like George Tsukalous, George Knapp and Nick Pope.  They’re claiming it’s evidence of aliens.” – – Tim Doyle, UFO SEEKERS, December 21, 2017

by Stephen Pope, FLYING  MAGAZINE – – December 20, 2017


That New York Times story about a secret government UFO program and close encounters between Navy airmen and unexplained flying objects over the vast Pacific Ocean reads like a science fiction story.

Which was how the paper wanted it.

Scratch beneath the veneer of the borderline-sensationalist reporting and we’re left with many more head-scratching questions than answers.

The eyewitness account of former F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot David Fravor is certainly intriguing  – – and yet he wasn’t even a part of the original Times story, which focused on the money trail behind the UFO hunting effort and interviews with those who are “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that UFOs have visited Earth.

The Times story touched off a flurry of breathless reporting by media outlets around the world, most of which seem to have failed to notice that the Times’ original reporting has some major problems with it.

(According to the GODDARDS JOURNAL, many major media are falsely associating this footage — the Gimbal footage — with the witness account of pilot David Fravor, involved in a different case known as the USS Nimitz case. [1,2] 

There is no supplementary testimony from the pilots heard in this video.

According to the NY Times, the date and location of this footage has not been revealed by the DoD.

In contrast, the date and location of the Nimitz case in which pilot Fravor was involved is well known.

The site of the group (TO THE STARS) that is promoting the footage in this video as evidence of extraterrestrials clearly distinguishes it from the 2004 Nimitz case.

About the UFO footage in this video, The New York Times says: “Defense officials declined to release the location and date of the incident.”

In contrast, the location and date of the USS Nimitz case pilot David Fravor was involved in is known. [2] So the target seen in this video cannot be from the same case about which Fravor testifies.



(CLICK TO ENLARGE ABOVE PHOTOS, courtesy of Mick West, METABUNK. ORG – – “To me the Nimitz footage seems consistent with (>50 miles away) plane flying away from the camera.  It looks very similar to the proven example of the same thing as previously explained Chilean Navy UFO video footage)

Now back to the New York Times erroneous news article:


  1. The Pentagon didn’t release those UFO videos, an official connected to a Las Vegas company who resigned in October did.  (Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, as well as Luis Elizondo, supporter of Tom DeLonge’s TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF THE ARTS AND SCIENCES)

The New York Times story makes it seem as though the release of the videos came from high-level government officials, glossing over the information that the disclosures were actually spearheaded by an official who led the Pentagon’s relatively small UFO hunting program and who has since resigned to join a Las Vegas company called  TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF THE ARTS AND SCIENCES  that is seeking private funding for more UFO research.  That’s a major distinction that most in the media appear to be ignoring since the original Times report appeared.

  1. The Pentagon UFO program’s prime contractor  (Bigelow Aerospace) claims to possess mysterious metal alloys that exhibit mystical powers — but won’t show them to anyone.

Bigelow Aerospace, Nevada-based company, which received most of the Pentagon funding for the UFO research project, reportedly collected mysterious alloys from UFOs that physically affected people who interacted with them.  Never mind there are obvious conflicts of interest between Bigelow Aerospace’s billionaire founder Robert Bigelow and his friend, former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who pushed for the $22 million in funding for the government’s UFO program in the first place – –  what we want to know is, why all the continued secrecy surrounding these alloys and other UFO findings?

(for more on Robert Bigelow, click the following about:  Eccentric billionaire executive Robert Bigelow claims “Aliens are here on Earth”)

  1. One of the authors of the Times article wrote a book about UFOs and doesn’t even work for the paper.

After its UFO story appeared in its Sunday edition, the Times divulged that one of the bylined authors wasn’t an employee of the paper but rather is a UFO hunter named Leslie Kean who has written a book on the subject with a forward by John Podesta, another well-known UFO conspiracy theorist who used to throw “X Files” viewing parties in the White House when he worked there during the Clinton years.  In fact, not only did Kean help write the article, she was the one who pitched the story to the Times in the first place.  At best, shouldn’t she merely have been interviewed for the story?  Why was she permitted to be a part of the writing and vetting process?

  1. In one of the videos, a Navy airman says “That’s a [bleeping] drone.” Why are we doubting him?

In the only UFO video released with pilot audio accompanying it, a Navy airman describes the object he is following as a “drone.”:


The object does not appear to do anything particularly unusual in this video.  Nobody claims that the object did anything unusual.   The Pentagon won’t even say where and when the video was shot.  Was it a drone?

(It could have been anything, with no conclusive evidence of anything.)

  1. There are plausible explanations for these videos and eyewitness accounts.  Where is the rest of the evidence?

Far from proving that our planet has been visited by aliens in aerodynamically advanced space craft, the videos and eyewitness accounts that emerged in the Times story and elsewhere merely provide a starting point for further investigation and inevitably lead to more questions.  That’s what makes all of the secrecy and intrigue still surrounding this story so frustrating for the public.  The New York Times has dangled this carrot in front of the world, and now leaves us all wondering if the people who claim to know more will ever divulge that information, or merely continue to direct us to the “Donate Here” buttons on their websites.


And finally, if you would like to see an in-depth discussion on all this, please go to:

Mick West, METABUNK:

“To me, this Nimitz footage seems consistent with (>50 miles away) plane flying away from the camera.  It looks VERY similar to the proven example of the same thing as a previously explained Chilean Navy UFO video footages”:



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