Do We Believe in UFOs? – Wrong Question

Do We Believe in UFOs? – Wrong Question

     Reporting on the Pentagon program that’s investigating unidentified flying objects is not about belief. It’s about a vigilant search for facts.

We’re often asked by well-meaning associates and readers, “Do you believe in U.F.O.s?” The question sets us aback as

By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
The New York Times
7-28-20

being inappropriately personal. Times reporters are particularly averse to revealing opinions that could imply possible reporting bias.

But in this case we have no problem responding, “No, we don’t believe in U.F.O.s.”

As we see it, their existence, or nonexistence, is not a matter of belief.

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