We dive into the credibility factor of news media today: Why did they get Tom Petty’s death wrong? Is YouTube liable for the False Flag narratives on their site? Why did a local news station report a stupid story about dancing monkeys? But seriously, our opinions and policies ought to be based on logic and evidence, but they rarely are. The Cuban sonic weapon claim is a perfect example of that and it won’t go away or resolve. We also examine the Wendigo/Windigo creature of Native folklore that has been invoked as a town monster in Manitowoc, WI. Full show notes are at doubtfulnews.com
We update you on some news stories and kick around the credibility factor of some new news like the latest failed “end of the world” prediction, the Hurricane Harvey mystery creature, and the “Viking Warrior Woman” DNA results. But we are truly mist-ified by these new sprays that say they do extraordinary things. We conclude with an exclusive chat between Sharon, Jeb Card, and Blake Smith about what we observed at CryptidCon 2017.
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A short episode where Sharon explains why one might visit a convention of those who passionately believe in something you don’t. There is an update to the Peruvian “alien mummy” story, a status check on Doubtful News and a spotlight on Devil’s Tower as a Spooky Geology location. For full show notes visit: Doubtfulnews.com
News items: Nothing bad really happened in the eclipse but some people sure saw it differently. We delve into the allegation too readily spread by the media of a “sonic weapon” attack on Cuban diplomats. The evidence is hearsay, vague, and altogether doubtful. We explore other reasons why this story had legs. In Minnesota, anti-vaxxers attempt to prevent possibly life-saving immunization efforts so health officials form an ingenious coalition. What about Trump and his defenders and their means of derailing reasonable discussion on serious issues? Finally, a new movie is on the way about the Winchester house in California. Sharon describes why the haunted tales of the house and its owner are not factual.
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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 an update of the Seth Rich story (a Fox News manufactroversy), a fatal attempt to find a buried treasure of dubious origin, a tactic to discredit skeptics on Facebook, the framing and filming of Ghost Hunters “reality TV” show, sensational headlines by what we think of as a reputable science news site, and haunted hotel room video that people take great glee in either believing or debunking.
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