Veteran Investigative Reporter Ralph Blumenthal Discusses His Vanity Fair Article on Abductions

Ralph Blumenthal, distinguished author and journalist, will discuss his recent Vanity Fair feature on abductions with Martin Willis on the May 24th episode of Podcast UFO.

( –  Ralph Blumenthal has been an investigative reporter and author for over 40 years. He was with the prestigious New York Times from 1964 to 2009 and has written four books on topics ranging from prison wardens to the famous Stork Club. His most recent piece for Vanity Fair took a departure from mainstream journalism and covered alleged alien abductions. Blumenthal will join Willis on the next episode of Podcast UFO (available May 24th) to discuss his piece, his opinions and the reaction he has received. This is the first interview he has done on the topic and promises to be an interesting discussion. “Actually I was surprised by the positive reaction,” he recently told Podcast UFO host Martin Willis. “I think everyone was so relieved to find a so-called mainstream journalist treating the subject seriously that I was quite flattered by the outpouring of positive reaction.” The episode will be the first of two released over the Memorial
Day Weekend, each on the topic of abductions.

Surprising many, Blumenthal has a sympathetic take on the topic. “A  lot of these experiencers… are very publicity averse. They’re not looking for attention, contrary to what you know outsiders often believe that these are either hoaxers or publicity seekers, fabricators looking for attention,” he said. “It’s quite the opposite, they’re very troubled people based on what has happened to them. They weren’t troubled before but they were troubled as a result of what they went through.” Despite believing that abductees are not generally making up their stories, Blumenthal realizes there are problems with simply declaring abduction cases to be actual alien contact. “There’s never enough physical proof to be persuasive, that’s one of the mysteries of the whole UFO and alien abduction phenomenon. No one has ever been able to come back with incontrovertible scientific proof. There’s always tantalizing things, there’s little cuts that heal quickly, there’s
witness sightings that coincide with abductions, you know there’s a pattern of evidence, fragmentary evidence, that falls short of incontrovertible proof.”

As always, the episode will have the weekly round up of UFO related news in addition to Martin’s discussion with Ralph Blumenthal. Then on Memorial Day listeners will be able to listen to a special bonus episode with returning guest Kathleen Marden and Denise Stoner, co-authors of the new book The Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human-Alien Contact Ever Reported.

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