WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom.
Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the show and the network to task for a reprehensible production. He notes that most people will consider this entertainment (what about HISTORY?), but, don’t assume too much.
The problem is that no, not everyone knows it’s entertainment. And if you’re intelligent enough to know that, then you should also realize that it’s the impressionable people watching who most need a source they can actually trust in order to provide real information. These people don’t need entertainment. They need a network that’s actually serving their best interest—and for the record, their best interest is “Not having pseudoscientific beliefs that they’ll pass on to anyone in earshot.”
Still don’t believe that anyone takes a program like Bigfoot Captured seriously? Okay, let me just go check Twitter for 30 seconds, hold on…
And then he follows with quotes of presumably real people who just want to believe. Badly. So badly, that they will not suffer any modicum of thinking (let alone critical thinking) and really buy into this premise. I might guess the positive comments were fake but, I’ve seen too much to underestimate people’s gullibility. Recall that for the mermaids and megalodon television fiascos, some people responded the same way – assuming it was real. I even had my own personal situation as some of my own family members thought the mermaids show was real. I’m not kidding. I REALLY wish I was, though.
Bigfoot Captured followed the form of those two M & M stinkers by structuring the show as realistic – researchers looking for evidence. However, among the actors was a real scientist, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is WELL KNOWN as probably the most credentialed Bigfoot advocate around. He seemed so worried about how the show would turn out that he put up a message of disclaimer on his Facebook page.
He also noted that the taping was done a while ago. He was only directly involved with “the conception and creation of the hypothetical skeleton” as described in this media piece. Regardless, the speculation quotient in the mostly unscientific field of cryptozoology is already REALLY high, it’s always been. This sort of contemporary TV depiction takes it over the edge, even annoying serious Bigfoot believers. Vogel, who discovered Meldrum did not know what the program was going to turn in to was still not sympathetic. Rather, such a piece of crap production should be expected; it’s the norm. Many scientists have already refused to participate in interviews with the Discovery Network. No wonder!
Bigfoot Captured is another in a series of programs that History Channel labels “Breaking History”. This also includes specials about hunting Hitler, finding the lost colony of Roanoke and Atlantis, the truth about Alcatraz, predictions of Nostradamus, and secrets of Einstein’s brain. They may indeed have broken history. Nice job. Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the program, nor will I. It should be too ridiculous to even mention. After a point, you learn not to waste time on this kind of television. But, if we have to spell it out as to WHY it was OBVIOUS that such a show would be speculative nonsense or outright fiction, here are two reasons and a helpful rule of thumb:
- There is no scientifically compelling evidence of Bigfoot. If there was such evidence, more than a few scientists would be all over it.
- If a Bigfoot had been found, dead or alive, the news of it would not be appearing on a cable special.
- Considering the current lineup of shows on this channel, this one falls along the same pattern of garbage shows like Ancient Aliens, UFO Hunters, and the rest of the “reality” fare delivered by History Channel. They seem to have a thing going; it’s unsurprising this follows the pattern.
Discovery Channel supposedly gave up the bottom of the barrel sludge they called “Monster Week” that featured “Man-eating Superwolves” and “Killer Lampreys” followed by “Killed By a Yeti“. They also resorted to cheap media hoaxing tactics. But the worst and most unethical thing they did was to have actors playing scientists with very real-sounding names and government titles, and outright hoaxing the evidence. Nevertheless, those types of shows got huge ratings.
Destination America has picked up the paranormal theme from SyFy and Discovery Network, so the tabloid-type tv shows continue.
In the past few years, Animal Planet seemed to run out of real animals to talk about and ventured into the realm of mythical monsters with the added feature of treating them as real. Science writer Brian Switek said Animal Planet “embodies the rotting carcass of science TV”. Now we can say the same about History Channel for historical programming. The phenomena is known as “channel drift” where the network strays away from its mission in order to attract a larger (less discerning) audience. Word: Short-term gains will lead to long-term DOOM.
Fake history on “History Channel”…
Mythical animals on “Animal Planet”…
Hoaxed discoveries on “Discovery Channel”…
Keep digging your holes deeper, why don’t ya’ Rock bottom is close by!
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