I’ve been following this story sort of the way one gawks at a car accident. I had seen the Larry King clip on cnn.com and thought it was hysterical. No one has Stan Romanek’s video because “scientists have been analyzing it since 2003” they only released a still shot, which looks like a cardboard cut out in a window.
The skeptic on the Larry King clip created a “reenactment” of the video using $90 worth of supplies, an alien puppet and a camcorder, then went into the digital video and edited it to make the “creature” appear to blink and move its face. Then he posted it on youtube as the “Official Stan Romanek Alien Video” to show people how easily they could be manipulated. The comments from believers of the FAKE video are hysterical. Hundreds of people fell for it.
The really sad part about the journalism in this case (aside from the fact that it made TV at all) was that no one on the Larry King clip ever mentioned Stan Romanek’s long career of selling books about his alien abductions and hypnosis sessions. It seems so convenient that he is shopping around his life story to film production companies just as the video is being released. All I had to do was Google “Stan Romanek” to find pages of links to purchase his books. Why could journalists not do this before giving him a platform to spread this insanity from? It must have been a slow news week.
Stan Romanek says on the Larry King clip that he set up the video camera because he thought a peeping tom was looking in the window at his teenage daughters. The clip made it seem as if he was just a “regular guy” who accidentally filmed an alien, which makes the story more believable to the average joe watching TV. Why not disclose his history of nonsense and strange claims, not to mention that fact that he wants to sell books about it?
And the lawmaker sitting next to Romanek for the interview, I forget his name, the guy who wants to set up the Alien Welcome Wagon at taxpayer’s expense, happens to have rights to a documentary along with Stan Romanek. It’s no wonder they held a big press conference - their film is still being shopped around.
Why don’t I have my own alien video yet, which would happen to coincide with my new alien documentary and new alien books? I could make lots of money. I could be on the news. Oh, wait. I have a little boy who deserves to have a mother that is SANE and not a money sucking scumbag.