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Mediating the Mystery – A few thoughts on Irish UFOs, Sloppy Journalism and Questionable Experts

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on November 13, 2018

IrishUFOIf you’re trying to tease out truth from the recent Irish UFO sighting that’s been making the news rounds – don’t forget to relish this beautiful opportunity to watch as an anomalous report gets MEDIATED!

Let’s hold off on trying to explain the event and take a look at one example of the story becoming muddied in just 5 days since it was first reported:

The Washington Post published an article on November 13th, 2018 which says:

“Aircraft experts told the Irish Examiner that the lights were probably meteorites entering Earth at a low angle. “(1)

Actually if we look at the Irish Examiner article from November 12th that’s being referenced it was a single ‘expert’ – ie. a pop science writer/spec writer focusing on the aerospace industry and a bit of astronomy/cosmology.

The Irish Examiner article (which, it should be noted, was written by a contributor listed as Health Correspondent) has this:

“Aviation journalist Gerry Byrne said: “In all probability they were meteorites and it’s not uncommon for meteorites to come in at a low angle, a low trajectory into the Earth’s atmosphere.”(2)

Meteorites it may have been* – but media outlets like WaPo and the Irish Examiner aren’t looking up to the task of finding out if the best they can do is grab the nearest Irish aviation writer for some rough speculation.  At least the first round of reports – like the BBC’s coverage (3) – skipped the giggle factor and just presented the information that was available. The BBC even included an actual astronomer working at an actual observatory for their stock meteorite quote.

For some reason the Washington Post journalist decided to go with the questionable contemporary practice of drawing on tertiary sources for an article – pro-tip for new journalists and bloggers, this isn’t the best choice for mature or accurate reporting.

Also of note – and unmentioned by these truth seeking servants of the 4th estate – the UK military is running their largest field test of autonomous aerial drones at the moment.(4) Something that should be considered and investigated if the purpose is actually to figure out what the pilots saw.

If you’d like to make up your own mind as to the source of this mystery, based on as much evidence as the journalists and ‘expert’ have to go on, The Drive’s WarZone has uploaded the audio from the pilot’s that reported the incident:

Listen As Multiple Airline Pilots Report Very High-Speed Unidentified Objects Over Ireland (Updated): http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/24849/listen-as-multiple-airline-pilots-report-very-high-speed-unidentified-objects-over-ireland

For those curious as to the expert in question in the Irish Examiner and Washington Post articles, here is Gerry’s (or Gerrys’, since WaPo has him as a plural persona*) Amazon.com author profile to get a sense of his expertise on meteorites and anomalous reports:

“Prize-winning writer Gerry Byrne is a noted broadcaster and writer on aerospace and science topics in Ireland and the UK. Twice voted Science Journalist of the Year in Ireland he also won a popular journalism award from the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division for a story on the sunspot cycle.

A former staff writer with the Sunday Tribune and The Sunday Press newspapers, Byrne has contributed extensively to New Scientist magazine and the Daily Telegraph on a variety of science issues in addition to featuring on most Irish newspapers, radio and TV stations as a commentator on science and aviation issues.

His next book will be The Barefoot Sailor, a biography of Irish gun runner and yachtsman, Conor O’Brien, who, after supplying guns used by Irish rebels in 1916, became famous for an epic circumnavigation, the first by an amateur yachtsman following the great clipper ship route. O’Brien’s grandfather was sentenced to be hung after leading an ill-fated rebellion in 1848 but his own father supported the British in putting down a subsequent rebellion.

Byrne is also a keen yachtsman and sails regularly from Skerries. He plans a website for adults aiming to take up sailing. In 1999 he sailed part of the Whitbread (now Volvo) Round the World Yacht Race from Uruguay to Florida and co-authored a book on the race. He lives by the sea on Ireland’s scenic East Coast and enjoys views of the Mountains of Mourne. Prospective agents (he seeks US representation) and publishers may contact him on…”(5)

References:

1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/pilots-saw-very-bright-uf…/

2. https://www.irishexaminer.com/…/update-ufo-seen-off-irish-c…

3. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46181662

4. https://www.gov.uk/…/army-start-biggest-military-robot-exer…

5. https://www.amazon.com/Gerr…/e/B001HCZQ8G/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Notes:

* Anomalist News (Nov. 15) points out that the use of the term ‘meteorite’ in itself is also a sign of confusion in the reporting:

“As expected, numerous people not involved in last Friday’s aerial event over the Irish coast have pronounced upon its origin. “Meteorite” seems to be the favorite explanation, though technically the light is a meteor caused by a meteoroid burning up in Earth’s atmosphere and “meteorite” applies only to those fragments of the meteoroid that actually get to the ground.”

* I’m in no way intending to insult Gerry Byrne’s writing career – the purpose of highlighting the details from his Amazon Author Page is to simply to point out that he is perhaps not the best person to pull in for this particular story or to offer this particular type of analysis. 

 

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  1. David Evans said, on November 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Excellent article. One thing: I don’t think the UK’s test of military drones has anything to do with this. Because:
    Drones in UK service have top speeds much less than Mach 2, typically Mach 0.4
    The test was nominally over Salisbury Plain. A drone over the Irish Sea would be lost and wouldn’t be playing tag with airliners.

  2. David said, on November 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Perfect! Yeah, I’d put that reference in as something that needed to be addressed – the timing means that it could be a stumbling block and become another ‘meteorite’ explanation. Your points are dead on.

  3. nivek said, on November 17, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Total bullocks. If you’re trying to tease out truth from the recent Irish UFO sighting, go ask the real Irish. They larf at this nonsense.

    WTS, we are infested with ‘alien’ genetics, messageolgy and interdimensionality.


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