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Jon Stewart on L.A. 'mystery missile:' A lot of hype

November 11, 2010 | 10:19 am
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Pentagon officials have concluded that the "mystery missile" off the L.A. coast earlier this week was likely an aircraft.

TalkbackBut Jon Stewart had some fun with what he considered the breathless, silly media coverage of the video showing the object. Stewart noted that some media outlets jumped to conclusions about the video -- and did more to panic than inform.

The KCBS video Monday set off a wave of speculation and conspiracy theories about an unexplained missile that even the government didn't know about.

The military, however, reported no rocket or missile launches, scheduled or accidental, at the time, and aviation officials said radar did not show any fast-moving, unidentified targets in the area.

Some aerospace experts said the orange-hued vapor trail had the markings of the plume of a missile or rocket, while others said it appeared to be nothing more than a condensation trail of an aircraft, distorted by the light near the horizon at the end of the day.

"There is no evidence to suggest that this is anything else other than a condensation trail from an aircraft," said Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan, who stopped short of saying definitively that the Defense Department believed the trail was caused by an airplane.

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