Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Why the Broad Coverage of Texas UFO?

Yesterday morning, news of a Texas UFO sighting was the most read article at CNN when Pound360 was combing the site around 8AM. Run a search at Google News for “Texas UFO” and hundreds of articles come up, from the Washington Post to the Telegraph UK and everything in between.

Why?

CNN reports that, according to the “Mutual UFO Network,” 200 UFO sightings are reported each month. So what’s so special about the latest sighting in a small Texas town, population 17,000, called Stephenville?

Quite frankly, I have no idea. Slow news day, maybe.

According to town residents, the UFO “was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane.” And the whatever-it-was had shifting lights, which airplanes don’t have. Some observed “fighter jets chasing it,” reports CNN. One resident, who got a good look at the craft through his rifle scope, described “a very large” craft with no seams, no nuts and no bolts.

Witnesses include a pilot, county constable and others, according to the CNN report. And others in the region have reported seeing the fast-moving, big, low-flying object, too.

Officials at local Air Force Bases say none of their aircraft were present at the time of mass-sightings. And of course, one air force official has an explanation he’s “90 percent sure” of. Nah, not swamp gas or light from a meteor reflected off a windshield. Nope. Remember how residents said the craft was too big, fast and low to be an airplane? Well, Air Force Maj. Karl Lewis of the 301st Fighter Wing at Forth says it wasn’t one plane but two planes! “The object may have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes,” CNN reports Lewis describing. Oh, and don’t forget the sun. “"With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you,” Maj. Lewis said.

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