Estimate of the Situation

Cosmic Watergate

As the topic of UFO/UAP reality goes increasingly mainstream, it will spawn a news cycle competition among investigative reporters to break stories of increasing depth and analysis.

Bryce Zabel
Point of Contact
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8 min readDec 4, 2020

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The driving force behind the public disclosure of the UFO/UAP issue is, of course, the nature of the phenomenon itself. Next up would be the military-industrial complex which has investigated for over seven decades. Close behind, however, will be journalism. It has the capacity and history to become a force that actually gets the job done.

Fifty Years Ago

The break-in at the Democratic party offices in the Watergate building happened almost fifty years ago now when the majority of people reading this weren’t even born. The refresher is simply that the burglars arrested turned out to be on the Nixon White House’s payroll. A simple robbery turned into a political scandal that destroyed a presidency. First it was reported on, then investigated by Congress, and finally Nixon was on his way to impeachment when he resigned.

There’s no way to tell the story, however, without remembering that the scandal is inextricably linked with the two young Washington Post reporters who covered it, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. They are synonymous with Watergate and when I was in Journalism school at the University of Oregon, they were heroes to all of us who wanted to set the world right and get famous while doing it. There’s a catch to the story, though, and it reflects directly on the current trends in reporting the UFO/UAP reality issue.

Woodward and Bernstein broke the story, reported it tenaciously, but they did not own the story for long before they had competition. Once the Washington Post broke the ice, everybody else jumped in, even if it was only amplifying other original voices. Every self-respecting media outlet wanted a piece of it, particularly the New York Times.

And why wouldn’t they? It was a juicy story about power and corruption played out with bigger-than-life personalities and huge stakes. The public was hooked early by the scandal of Nixon’s dirty tricks team but stayed interested by the…

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Bryce Zabel
Point of Contact

Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author of books about the Beatles, JFK, UFOs.