Jewish World Review Jan. 8, 2003 / 5 Shevat, 5763
Why the media covered the cloning story, fake as it seemed
http://www.jewishworldreview.com | There are actually critics out there who say we, the news media, print and broadcast, gave too much coverage to a story about a cloned baby girl announced by a sect that claims that aliens came here to create life through genetic engineering.
The sect, called the "Raelians," is headed up by a guy who looks like he just beamed aboard, from some far quadrant of the universe, the U.S.S. Enterprise for a glass of Saurian brandy.
His bishop, a lady with a French name and funny hair, made the announcement. She said the baby, named Eve (as in Adam), was healthy and would be available for testing by an objective investigator in just a few days. Dr. Brigitte Boisselier holds a press conference Friday in Hollywood, Fla., to announce the birth of the first cloned human, a baby girl born Thursday.
Then, the bishop lady said, well, maybe there will be no test. That's up to the kid's parents- parent, I should say- but as a consolation prize, another cloned baby, we're told, is due out in the next week or so.
And we're not supposed to cover this stuff? Aliens who we're told have lots of sex, a cloned baby, the first ever? We're not gullible in the news business, we're needy.
It's been an unrelenting run of horrible stories: war and rumors of war, snipers, dirty politics, unemployment horrors, a limping economy, an angry election, a senator whose mouth shot himself in the foot, and even lousy weather everywhere.
So you deliver us a funny-haired, promiscuous bishop who hangs out with a French ex-sports writer who claims to have been visited from aliens from G-d knows where, and they tell us they've taken the mystery of life to a new level, we're going there.
How could we not?
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