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March 21, 2014

Media: Stop Believing in God, You Demon-Haunted Mysticism-Fogged Dullards.
And Now, Here's a Psychic to Help Probe the Mystery of Flight 370.

There is one good thing here: I would hit that. In fact I'd hit 80% of this panel.

Repeatedly the Headline News anchor claims that psychics are sometimes consulted in murder and missing persons investigations. Yes, but: They are consulted when a child has been missing for 50 days, and the parents are distraught and inconsolable, and the community is demanding that no stone, no matter how preposterous, remain unturned.

In other words, it's a PR sop to grieving parents and the Do Something!!!! brigade of any community.

But Headline News indulges in the stunt because a reader suggested it.

Why I always take serious heed of the random suggestions of illogical people!!!

The HLN anchor starts off by asking the psychic why she's saying she "sees" a crash when there's no hard evidence of this. The psychic says that psychics should never have hard evidence, because hard evidence may mislead them.

Yeah it's pretty dumb. Another day in the media.

Oh, and when the psychic says she just started looking at this because she's recently been doing readings for friends and family of the presumed victims, there's an audible gasp from one of the guests, I think. Like "Oh my God, we're enabling a charlatan to bilk the grieving and desperate."

Right. That's why you shouldn't have psychics on, you know.

And bravo for claiming you "don't know" if psychics are real or not.

Video (autoplay!) here.

And check the link for a funny Onion parody about the media's behavior in all this.


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