In 2017, the New York Times featured the article “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program,” which initiated a system reset for public perception of the UFO phenomenon. However, UFOs weren’t always considered among the ranks of “all the news that’s fit to print” as far as topics covered by “The Gray Lady,” which has remained for decades an American “newspaper of record.” What has caused the shifting attitudes toward UFOs over the years, and what role has the New York Times played in influencing that?

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we lead off in celebration of May the 4th, a favorite of Star Wars fans everywhere, before turning our attention to space news. Micah also recaps his recent appearance on Coast to Coast AM with researcher John Greenwald of The Black Vault to discuss the DoD’s recent “official” release of UFO videos, before turning our attention to the history of media coverage of this subject, and the role newspapers like The New York Times have played in steering public perception of the UFO phenomenon.

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