John Jennings, Numinbah
Not all ‘news’ is new or true. This doesn’t mean it’s all old or false – as one correspondent said in order to attack me for saying it – a common form of fallacious argument. But the raw, immediate truth can cause significant cognitive dissonance. So, sometimes the truth is hidden under lies or revealed slowly.
An example of old ‘news’ is the ABC’s May report of a UFO sighting in January. This included film footage, and the pilots’ conversation about it. The excuse for the delay in reporting it was that the military had not released it. And the report included, ‘They are not a threat to national security’. How could the ABC know that?
Is this real news, or fake? About UFOs – it’s not easy to tell.
Decades of reports show that they outmanoeuvre our fastest jets, neutralise nuclear missiles, monitor our space missions, and are impossible to understand.
But we can’t prove any of that; which suppresses the massive cognitive dissonance that would occur if we could. No government wants us to know that we are not alone, cannot control our own airspace, and are more akin to monkeys in a zoo than free intelligent beings. And so, the ‘news’ is not always new and not always true.