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The treatment of Grusch and others who are making a good faith effort to understand what’s happening in our skies and behind closed doors in our government has been incredibly disappointing.

The goofball photos of Grusch, the lazy mockery and hit pieces standing in for actual investigation and journalism.

On the one hand it’s not surprising. This subject’s stigma is well-known. And I’m sure some of you have felt this way about mainstream media for a long time.

But I made the mistake of believing that the credibility of the people involved this time around, and the concrete actions of both the House and Senate, would compel journalists at these institutions to take the subject more seriously.

And maybe it has — a little. There have been instances of straight reporting (Reuters, NPR, and Fox News among them), some honest conversations (Ezra Klein at NYT), and some healthy skeptical pieces that take the subject seriously but, reasonably, call for more evidence before passing judgment.

But the number of very low quality pieces in highly reputable publications, leveraging their own species of dubious sources, ridiculing serious people putting themselves at personal/professional risk, operating on false premises or drawing illogical conclusions of their own…it’s just a sad day in America for me. ☹️

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