For the past few years I have been reporting from time to time on the absurd claims of a group of UFOlogists calling their study Exopolitics, "political implications of the extra-terrestrial presence." Alfred Lambremont Webre claims to have been the founder of Exopolitics, although in reality Michael Salla can probably claim that dubious honor. Webre has the website exopolitics.com, while Salla has exopolitics.org .
|Michael Salla's "Exopolitics" banner|
Lately Webre's claims have gotten so bizarre (the war between the Andromeda Council and the Reptilians, Americans being teleported to a secret base on Mars to meet with aliens) that even others in exopolitics became alarmed, and began distancing themselves from him. (This recalls the old joke about the tenor who was so stupid that even the other tenors noticed it.) As Salla recently wrote, "Webre is a marginal and controversial figure in the network of exopolitics researchers and activists that has formed around the world. Webre's writing and behavior is seen as too bizarre and controversial for most credible exopolitics researchers to use." Nonetheless, Webre's far-out articles on the Examiner were being read by as many as 400,000 people each month. Until recently, that is, when Examiner.com gave him the boot.
Webre's colleague Jon Kelly, "a world-famous expert in the application of voice-based disclosure technology for revealing UFO secrets" (WTF?), writes
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Judge and founder of Exopolitics Alfred Lambremont Webre is calling for consumers to occupy an immediate boycott of pay-per-impression advertising funded news website Examiner.com.... Examiner.com’s corporate publication ban against the Seattle Exopolitics Examiner is an Illuminati agenda-inspired media hit targeting the columnist who revealed President Barack Obama’s participation in the CIA’s secret Mars visitation program."
Pieces on Examiner.com are presented to make you think you're reading a news story. One time a colleague and I were discussing one of Webre's absurd columns in Examiner.com claiming that NASA was promoting (not debunking) fears of an "extinction level event" from Comet Elenin, and he asked me "What kind of newspaper is publishing crazy stuff like this?" I replied "I don't think it's actually a newspaper, it's more like this guy's blog." Well, in his feud with Examiner.com, Webre spelled out Examiner.com's business model:
During 2009 many of the writers were receiving $0.01 per page view. Examiner.com later offered a variety of pay scale options to their writers. Examiner.com now bases compensation on variables such as subscriptions, page view traffic and session length.... Examiner.com derives the bulk of its revenue from consumer (reader) click-throughs. Every time you as a reader click through to read an article on Examiner.com, the company is paid a royalty by its advertisers.Let's see, one cent per page at 400,000 pages per month gets you $4,000 a month, although Webre suggests that was only in a good month. So the formula for success as a UFO writer seems to be: make up the most outrageous claims you can think of and put it on Examiner.com, then sit back and collect the coins dropping into the hopper. And here am I, stupidly wasting my time and effort writing a skeptical Blog! Webre does not say exactly what happened to get him kicked off Examiner.com. It cannot be that they are concerned about their journalistic credibility, for they have none. Webre does say, "Examiner.com has been criticized for its lack of verification and fact-checking of stories published on the site, including accusations of plagiarism."
Webre's request is simple: "Please let your friends and networks know you are boycotting Examiner.com because it is promoting the CIA’s Obama on Mars cover-up, and its direct assault on the Truth movement and Truth movement journalists like Alfred Lambremont Webre." How would that be for a Facebook status?