I was deep into my weekend torpor, one of more than 5 million Americans turning into the top-rated “CBS Sunday Morning,” when I started looking around for my baseball bat. Then I remembered it was in the bedroom by the nightstand, and getting up to fetch it would’ve required effort. And I would’ve had to clean up all that plastic, glass and metal. Plus I would’ve been out $500 or whatever for a new TV set. Plus, well . . . bashing the flatscreen to smithereens is childish.

Still, I’m not used to being insulted by “Sunday Morning.” The show has been a weekend staple since forever because it offers a respite from the tiresome dross of most network fare by making room for surprises.

In 2021 (seems so long ago now) an episode of CBS/“60 Minutes” blazed a trail in big media’s erratic coverage of the UAP/UFO issue. That’s when veteran correspondent Bill Whittaker scored an on-camera exclusive with Alex Dietrich, the first female Navy pilot to go on record with her pursuit of a UFO – in this case, the so-called Tic Tac – in 2004. The story was too hot for a one-off; surely, CBS had the resources and material for plenty of followups. Back in 2021, David Pogue filed a perfectly insipid UFO piece on “Sunday Morning.” The man deserved a chance to redeem himself someday.

Instead . . .

During a transitional segment between a story and a commercial break, producers dropped a mention of the Pentagon’s “Historical Record of the Government’s Involvement With Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Vol. I,” released last week. Uncritically regurgitating the Defense Department’s rote 63-page conclusion that “there is no evidence that extraterrestrial intelligence has visited Earth,” the “Sunday Milepost” added:

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