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15 Credibility Street #27: It’s not right, it’s surrealism

Jumping right into news of the same dumb TV schtick being sold to audiences, what paranormal beliefs are popular with American’s today, two former rock stars now exist at the fringes, and DNA test failed a psychic who thought she was the offspring of a famous painter. Caution: Some people might find the sounds a…

15 Credibility Street #22: We’re not saying they made this stuff up but…

There are a whole lot of shenanigans to call out on this episode. We have a special commentary by Jeb Card about the spooky stuff in association with Hopkinsville, Kentucky and the upcoming eclipse. Listen to get a primer for what might be popular in the media from now until then. Torkel and I discuss…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Helene and Bobby McGee’s tragic ending: Was it the demons in her or those in his mind? (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (2-Nov 2015) The verdict is in. McGee was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. No parole. The argument from his attorney that “He did not believe that he was mentally ill; he believes he’s doing God’s work,” did not wash with the jury who concluded it was premeditated. Originally published…

Self-styled “psychic medium” John Edward to return to TV

In “what the HELL are they thinking” news, medium John Edward may have scored another TV show. Deadline reports that Edward is partnering with a production company on a new paranormal series. The show is tentatively called “One Last Time” and will feature “Edward randomly reading a group of families looking to connect with their lost…

Destination America now the haven of paranormal programming

Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Kerfuffle at Penn State over psychic TV show

First there was paranormal investigator Ryan Buell who capitalized on his affiliation with Penn State (starring in Paranormal State), now the school is promoting another student as a psychic medium for a new TV show. Oh, wait, not really… Reality check: Penn State junior to star in ABC Family show | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ms. Ten-Kate,…

TV news in Virginia promotes disturbing story about “reincarnated” 4-yr old

On this Veterans Day, a very disturbing and irritating story from a Virginia news station about a mother who out of concern for her child’s issues, is promoting that he may be “haunted” by the ghost of a Marine who died in Beirut. I am unamused. Scared Mother: “Is there a ghost inside my child?”…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

Discovery Channel: Jumped the shark long ago, now just despicable (Update: More despicableness)

Once again, Discovery Channel shows they are not science-based and will even pull unethical stunts to get ratings. Epic. Fail. We posted the link in the leftovers of 16-July to the story in Canada’s National Post about a video that purportedly showed a bull shark spotted in Lake Ontario. The best answer at the time…

Animal Planet and Discovery channels make MONSTROUS missteps for Monster Week

Last week was Monster Week on Animal Planet. This weekend is Monster Weekend on Discovery Channel. (The two channels are affiliated under the Discovery Network). I came across a series of stories today that relate to these Discovery Channel/Animal Planet offerings. I decided to put them all together. From the past offerings of a dubious…

Discovery wild speculation channel presents… Killed by Yeti

The Dyatlov Pass Incident: Was it Death by Yeti? Discovery Network continues their quest to be tops in science fiction. They are succeeding! A press release announces a 2-hour special investigating an actual unsolved mystery. And they know that when you can’t explain something, it just might be paranormal. This time, instead of UFOs or government…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

Ghost Hunters unwelcome in Connecticut

Is the novelty wearing off? Local spot denies the TAPS crew access for an episode.‘Ghost Hunters’ filming denied – NewsTimes. The Fairfield Hills Authority voted against letting a crew film from “Ghost Hunters” paranormal television series film an episode in some of the remaining 11 buildings. “It would just be too disruptive,” said authority member…

The Indiana “portal to hell” circus continues with movie and TV deals

After international attention, media companies saw a hot topic in the events claimed to occur in Gary, Indiana. The priest has signed a movie deal and will also collaborate with Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. Priest signs film deals after well-publicized exorcisms of Latoya Ammons. The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen…